Boulder Creek, California

Why a "water droplet" background you might is because Boulder Creek is in the heart of a rainforest. Annual rainfall is better than 70 inches a year. Redwood trees are beautiful trees that have been on earth since dinasours...they're the largest trees on earth often topping 250 feet!

See some of the beautiful photos below of the lovely place I live.

You don't have to lie on the ground or use a special lense to get this kind of perspective when you look up through the trees on our property...they really are that tall!

Here is a wonderful old photo of the Sempervirens club (another classy word for "redwoods") That is just one tree trunk all those people are infront of...yes they are magnificient!

Being a rain forest there are a lot of creeks that meander through the forest like this beautiful one, they are all green with ferns and delightful to play in. We live on the San Lorenzo River. It too looks like a creek 9 months of the year, but during the rainy season all the little creeks feed into it and it becomes huge...deserving its name.

Boulder Creek is near enough to the coast of California that you can see the ocean from the top of some of the mountains in the area.

Another wonderful thing about Boulder Creek, California is the small size of the community repleat with a wonderful volunteer fire department. There are NO fast food restaurants or big chain stores...suits me fine! Here is the town of Boulder Creek, we live about 1 mile from town.

Located on historic Highway Nine, once the main artery from Santa Clara Valley to Santa Cruz. Boulder Creek rode the economic boom of the lumber industry through the turn of the century. Luckily folks came to realize the importance of the ancient Redwood trees before they were all harvested.

Boulder Creek is in the beautiful San Lorenzo Valley in the Santa Cruz Mountains, just north of Santa Cruz, and west of San Jose and Silicon Valley. The San Lorenzo River defines the watershed as it tumbles down 2000 or so feet from its headwaters at the top of the Santa Cruz Mountains to Santa Cruz where it joins Monterey Bay.

The redwoods are bounded by the bustle of Silicon Valley and Scotts Valley to the north and east, Santa Cruz and Monterey Bay to the south, and by UCSC, Big Basin State Park, and the Pacific Ocean to the west.

This area was originally settled to help provide goods for the burgeoning Gold Rush cities in the greater region, but soon became a site treasured by many as a place for summer homes and fishing under the redwoods. Several large stands of old growth redwoods survive to this day, and the majority of the valley is covered with towering second growth trees that are just turning the century mark. Today, many valley residents work in the nearby computer industries and come home to relax amidst the trees. Perhaps this helps explain why the region has the highest number of internet providers per capita of any region in the world.

San Lorenzo Valley is an easy day trip from anywhere in the San Francisco, 0akland, San Jose region. it is 90 minutes south of San Francisco and Oakland, 40 minutes from Stanford or San Jose, and a half hour or less from the world headquarters of Netscape, Yahoo, Apple, Adobe, Sun, Javasoft, HP, SCO, SGI, and many more familiar Silicon Valley names.

Boulder Creek was founded as a logging camp. Timber claims were first made in 1865, and by 1870 there were a dozen claim camps. John H. Alcorn, son of Branciford Alcorn, built a hotel in 1870 near the river. Tilford George Berry was another founding father. Berry Falls are named for him in Big Basin. Boulder Creek incorporated as a village in 1902, but voted out town government in 1905.

Southern Pacific Railway chose Boulder Creek for its station and the town quickly grew. Boulder Creek became one of California's busiest logging towns, shipping out over 2 billion feet of redwood. Lumber was trained out 24 hours a day, almost every day. Boulder Creek was probably more infamous than famous: it had as many as 26 saloons, gambling houses, cat houses and hotels. The environment was almost wrecked by the clear-cut logging policies of the time. Very few old growth redwood trees survive today.

Really Recent History

Several thousands of years ago (it depends on who you ask), some of the indigenous peoples of the San Francisco Bay area took up residence in the forest. Their modern descendants are called the Ohlone which is a Miwok word for people of the west. They lived a nomadic life with small tribal units speaking different languages. The acorn was one of their primary food sources. They also hunted deer, bear, elk, and sea critters, and gathered roots, herbs, fruits, nuts, and insects. They had a very varied and interesting diet, and would probably love the variety of foodstuffs found in the area today. Grub sushi is a concept worth savoring.

As nomads, they weren't into pyramids or snake mounds or any other long lasting buildings. Their culture was a portable one which featured the lightweight such as the basket over the durable such as pottery. Due to the fragility of their artifacts, little remains of pre-western influence Ohlone manufacture other than some beautifully intricate basketry, bone tools, mortars and pestles and the like. They did, in fact, walk lightly on the land.

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