Pescadero Trivia….The dentist visits & a monster wave captures the stage

From June: Collected from various newspapers and written in pen and ink on pink lined legal paper. Yes, pre-Internet, that’s what I did. I either copied articles by hand or copied them if that was possible.

December 1899: Dr. Davis, the popular dentist, is at the Swanton House. Swanton House management will soon change and an Italian will be the new manager.


March 1, no year. [This story appears to be written in haste….]

From the Call Bulletin. Santa Cruz.

Stage Topples Into the Sea

Wave Carries Disaster to the Pescadero Coach

20 miles up the coast the stage roads along the beach, which at high tide is often covered by water. Yesterday the ocean was higher than at any time in 35 years.

When driver James Harvey reached this point a monster wave dashed against the stage and captured it.

For two hours the horses, Harvey, and his single passenger, William Steele, floundered in the cold water of the Pacific. Both men are good swimmers. The horses were cut loose and found their way to dry land. Help arrived and after several hours the stage was turned over. The iron rim around the hub struck the rocks with such a terrific force that it bent like tin…..

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