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Crystals, Caves, and Kilns - A Special Exhibition
Saturday April 26 - November 30, 2014

Crystals, Caves, and Kilns: This special exhibition, which was on display earlier this year at the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, explores the natural and cultural history of limestone, lime, and marble in the Felton – Santa Cruz area. Visitors will learn about the geologic history of the area and how marble caves form. There will be displays of mineral and crystal specimens, 19th century artifacts and historic photographs from the local lime industry, and activity stations for our younger visitors.

Watch for announcements of upcoming programs associated with this special exhibition. The exhibition was curated by Frank Perry, paleontologist, geologist, co-author of the book Lime Kiln Legacies.

Exhibition sponsors are the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, the San Lorenzo Valley Museum, the San Lorenzo Valley Water District, and the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District at UCSC.

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Historical Walk From the Site of the Rincon Lime Kilns
Sunday, October 5, 2014, 10am

Join historian Frank Perry on this 2.5 hour hike. Co-Sponsored by the Friends of Cowell Limeworks Historic District.

Explore the route once taken by Henry Cowell's ox teams between his lime kilns and his limestone quarry. By 1907 the Henry Cowell Lime and Cement Company was running out of wood to fuel its kilns. So new kilns were built beside the railroad tracks at Rincon that ran on oil. Teams of oxen and later dump trucks hauled rock from the Rincon Quarry about 1.5 miles to the new kilns. In 1946, the plant closed and the region's historic lime industry came to an end. Using recently discovered historic photographs taken along the route, we will see how this area has changed over the past 100 years.

Space is limited to 25 so call (831) 338-8382 to reserve a spot. Meet in the parking area on Highway 9 that is 2.6 miles north of the Highway 1 intersection and 3.2 miles south of the main entrance to Henry Cowell Redwoods State Park. Maps Here.

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