Explore mid-county history in new book on the lumber industry in the late 1800s SANTA CRUZ, CA, October 23, 2021—They came with axes. They came with oxen. They came with greed. Nearly 150 years ago, a group of venture capitalists began the clear-cutting of what became The Forest of Nisene Marks. By 1902, the decimation along Aptos Creek was complete, leaving behind nothing but broken trees and barren hills as far as the eye could… Read More »Press Release: The Reign of the Lumber Barons
SANTA CRUZ, CA, October 26, 2020—The history of one of Santa Cruz County’s most famous women is finally revealed in the book The Tragedy of Martina Castro: Part One of the History of Rancho Soquel Augmentation by Ronald G. Powell, edited by Derek R. Whaley, a well-known Santa Cruz author and historian. In this historical chronicle, the Spanish property baroness Martina Castro acquires one of the largest land grants in Santa Cruz County before the annexation of… Read More »Press Release: Story of early Soquel baroness Martina Castro finally told
New Santa Cruz Trains Book Makes History Come Alive Link to Book: https://www.createspace.com/6674654 December 1, 2016 Santa Cruz, CA Cover: Santa Cruz Trains: Reflections on the Mountain Route Permission granted by author to use image for journalistic purposes. Nearly two years after publishing his first book Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains, local historian Derek R. Whaley has released a new, 64-page pictorial history entitled Santa Cruz Trains: Reflections on the Mountain Route… Read More »Press Release: New Santa Cruz Trains Book Available Now!
Second Revision Now Available! Haven’t purchased a copy of Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains yet? Or do you have a gift to buy for a friend or family member for Christmas? Well, good news: a second revision to the Santa Cruz Trains is now available for purchase from CreateSpace. This version includes around 30 minor corrections and fixes as well as some behind-the-scenes layout reformatting. In addition, a new page has… Read More »Press Release: Second Revision available now + new Addenda content
Available now is an addenda to Santa Cruz Trains: Railroads of the Santa Cruz Mountains. It has been in the works since before the book was even approved for final publication in early March and I have just been adding to it and adding to it. The addenda includes a full list of revisions from the first edition, three new appendix entries including a timetable comparison map, a list of all known bridges, and a chart… Read More »Press Release: Addenda now available