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Aptos is a coastal town filled with beaches, a federally protected redwood forest, a community college, shopping centers, a golf course, and more. It is also home to the self-proclaimed "World's Shortest Parade," which takes place every Fourth of July. The true meaning of Aptos lacks definitive evidence; however, all sources agree that it is derived from an Indian word. The most common belief is that Aptos translates to "the meeting of two streams" or some variation of that phrase. The two bodies of water the name describes are known today as the Valencia and Aptos Creeks. Another explanation is that the town is named after a famous Indian chief. A third theory comes from Fr. Juan Crespi's interpretation of the native language on the Portola Expedition of 1769. Although the native people had been here for thousands of years, the first deed of land was not granted to Rafael Castro until 1833. In its relatively short life, Aptos has changed significantly.
ISBN: 9780738599656
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 167
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This is a collection of stories and photographs, selected by Kevin Newhouse and the Aptos History Museum Committee, that best allows readers to travel back and visit Aptos through the years.
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