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One of Santa Cruz's most important landmarks is the town clock, located at the entrance to the Pacific Garden downtown district where Pacific Avenue and Water and Front Streets all meet. The clock has been a symbolic center of Santa Cruz for generations.

The first town clock was built in 1873, but was lost in a fire in 1899. Another clock was located in a nearby building from 1900 until 1964, but is was dismantled and removed during building renovation. The clock was not put back in place until around the time of the US bicentennial (1976) and was moved to the current location.
The town clock fortunately survived the October 17, 1989 earthquake, which leveled much of downtown. A plaque on the clock tower base reads, "In memory of those who lost their lives in the Loma Prieta Earthquake of Oct 17, 1989."

In 2000 the city Council approved the idea of honoring Doug Rand, local peace activist who had recently died March 5, 2000. The clock tower has often been the site for peace demonstrations in this vocal community.

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Santa Cruz Wharf

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University of California Santa Cruz

Follow Bay Ave. all the way up the road from the ocean until you reach the campus of UCSC. This is probaly the most unique campus I have ever strolled. The campus is spread out by sections and in a...
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Bonny Doon Winery

Of the several fine wineries in the Santa Cruz area, Bonny Doon Winery is one that rightfully gains attention. They have creative and uncommon wines that win awards all the time. The tasting room is...
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Natural Bridges State Beach

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Seymour Marine Discovery Center

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Wilder Ranch State Park

This is one of the best places in the Santa Cruz area. Here you can bike, hike, see history or just relax. There are easy trails along the coast that give fantastic views of the rugged coastline, with...
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