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  Capitola then and now: images from old postcards

circa 1910.  This is actually the view looking down Capitola Avenue towards what will become Monterey Ave.  The steps up the hill can be seen in the photo to the right.

A modern view looking down capitola avenue to steps (seen in close-up photo below):

View down Monterey Ave, present day beach cottage site is to left of strolling woman in white ~1910  160 room Capitola Hotel built in 1878, burned to the ground in 1929.

Same view down Monterey Avenue - cottage is at left, Capitola Hotel site is now Capitola Theatre (beyond orange building) and Pacific Steakhouse (at far palm tree)

Here is the capitola Pier (postcard dated 1917)

The pier hasn't changed much!  A few new buildings here and there ;-)

Lover's lane (postmarked 1906)

lover's lane today - follow the RR tracks from Capitola, then jump over to this path next to the apartments

Now this looks like fun!  Since the SF Chutes were popular in 1906, I'm assuming this isn't much later.  Below photograph is of same area in 1945:

Bathhouse from 1945 replaced "the Chutes"  Note Soquel bridge railing from the "today" photo on the right

taken from Venician Court with Soquel bridge in upper left side.

beach scene from c. 1939

My favorite side by side - check out the houses across Cliff drive at the top - roof color change mostly ;-)

6 Sisters, Hotel Capitola, and Trolleycar (ran from 1910 to ~1920 between Capitola and Santa Cruz beach boardwalk)

6 sisters still here, with larger windows and front yards after esplanade was rerouted to the beach ~ 1920

Trestle bridge from 1905 postcard

Trestle bridge today is largely unchanged.  Riverview cottages to the right were built in the 1920s.  Hopefully someone from Union-Pacific is periodically inspecting those rusty iron (unlikely to be steel) joints and zillions of ancient truss rivets, since freight trains often run on this line!