Sitting under the peak of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Boulder Creek, California, is a census-designated place that feels like a blast from the past. Many of the area’s buildings date back to the early 1900s, and the natural beauties surrounding the stretch of land are sure to take anyone’s breath away. Locations such as the Skyline Bridge Preserve and the abandoned lime kilns allow hikers to look back at the historical influences of the late 1800s and early 1900s. All the while, eateries like Alice’s Restaurant and Scopazzi’s Restaurant provide an atmosphere rich in culture.

Art enthusiasts and visitors of all ages can learn Boulder Creek’s history at the San Lorenzo Valley Museum. Displays such as their turn of the century kitchen and logging exhibits show how much simpler life used to be. And the museum building was even originally the Grace Episcopal Church before housing the historical antiques in the Santa Cruz area. Those who love the past photography styles can also visit the Santa Cruz Public Library, which has a collection of Boulder Creek in its early days.

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