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Grandparents on the Pleasure Pier, 1917

My grandparents were regular visitors to Santa Cruz thoughout their lives. They took the train at least once a year from downtown San Jose through the Santa Cruz Mountains to spend a week at the beach. If you lived in San Jose, you just natually spent time at the Boardwalk and the beach. A tradition observed faithfully for over 100 years by my family.

The middle couple are my grandparents Minna and Will Carey.

This photo is taken from the pleasure pier about 1917. Will’s father, Patrick Carey, was familiar with Santa Cruz from having worked as a lumberjack in Zayante right after his discharge from the Union Army in 1865.

Tish Denevan

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