Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Santa Cruz, California

    At the beginning of the 20th Century, local entrepreneur Fred W. Swanton decided to build a casino and boardwalk.  This “Coney Island of the West" opened in 1904, but was burned to the ground by a fire just 22 months after opening.  Undeterred, Swanton rebuilt, and the new casino, indoor swimming pool, and pleasure pier opened exactly one year after the fire, June 22, 1907.  The Boardwalk is built on a mile-long beach located between San Francisco and Monterey.  They have nearly three dozen rides, three arcades, and plenty of shops. 

    Four coasters have left the park:

Giant Dipper
Sea Serpent

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