Scotts Valley

Scotts Valley is a small city in Santa Cruz CountyCaliforniaUnited States, about thirty miles (48 km) south of downtown San Jose and six miles (10 km) north of Monterey Bay, in the upland slope of the Santa Cruz Mountains

From the 1840s, money-making activity in Scotts Valley centered on several industries: lumber, grain, the milling of grain, and most importantly the tanning of hides and working of leather. Beginning in the 1930s, peat moss was removed from Scotts Valley and taken to San Francisco to supply soil for difficult indoor plants such as gardenias. When the peat ran out, sand and gravel were quarried and sold.

The area was the site of Santa's Village, a Christmas-themed amusement park which opened on May 30, 1957 on a 25-acre site which was formerly Lawridge Farm, part of the former Rancho San Augustin. "Residents" of the park included Santa, Mrs. Santa, and elves and gnomes who operated the rides and sold tickets. There was a petting zoo, a bobsled ride, a whirling Christmas tree ride, and a train ride, as well as a Fairy Tale Land. The park was sold in 1966 but continued to be operated under lease by the Santa's Village Corporation. When that corporation went bankrupt in 1977 the owner considered launching a Knott's Berry Farm type of complex but was denied a permit by the city of Scotts Valley, and the park closed for good in 1979.  The site is currently a playing field at the former headquarters of Borland.

Many high technology businesses are located in Scotts Valley, including E-mu Systems. The headquarters of Seagate Technology (the world's largest producer of computer hard drives), Sessions, a company that makes clothing for snow, skate and surf-boarding, as well as Borland Software Corp. were all formerly headquartered in Scotts Valley.

Scotts Valley is also near Big Basin Redwoods State ParkHenry Cowell Redwoods State Park, and Roaring Camp Railroads. The town is surrounded by coast redwood forests. The city of Santa Cruz lies to the south. A relatively large municipal skateboard park, is near Skypark, the site of a former airport, in central Scotts Valley.

Two hotels operate in Scotts Valley: a Best Western hotel is located near the Granite Creek entrance to Highway 17, and a Hilton hotel is located near the Mount Hermon junction with Highway 17.

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