Mission Hill Staircase Tour

At the bottom of the stairs, turn right, and walk up the Walnut Street stairs to a landing.
There are many hidden staircases on Mission Hill with stories to tell.

Get to know Mission Hill as it is today and as it was over 100 years ago.
Get your exercise for the day with this sixteen stop walking tour uncovering hidden treasured stairways within the nooks of Mission Hill. With each step of this one-mile walking tour, you’ll be exploring Santa Cruz history and relics of the time. It’s all fairly easy terrain save the four (and a half) staircases you need to climb!

We highlight a few stops below but the rest can be read in blog form at the bottom of this page or in our free app, Mobile Ranger Guides.The tour was created by local history researcher Linda Rosewood.

A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.
A screen shot of the stops and the interactive map feature in the self-guided mobile tour.

Walk in the steps of, Elihu Anthony, a lucky pioneer who created his own empire.

School Street stairs as they were circa 1860s. Elihu Anthony’s house is visible on the left. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.
School Street stairs as they were circa 1860s. Elihu Anthony’s house is visible on the left. Photo courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

See the artifacts and feel the echos of the Spanish mission. Find out what happened to Father Quintana.

The School Street Adobe is the last building still standing from the Santa Cruz Mission.
The School Street Adobe is the last building still standing from the Santa Cruz Mission.

Learn about Loudon Nelson, a black man who in the 1860s left all he had to Santa Cruz’s school children. And what’s his real first name: Loudon or London?

The grave stone for London Nelson at Evergreen Cemetery, Santa Cruz, California.
The grave stone for London Nelson at Evergreen Cemetery, Santa Cruz, California.

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Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Apple App Store
Go to Mobile Ranger Guides in the Google Play Store

Can’t get to Mission Hill? No Problem. Read the stories below: blog-style!

About The Author

Linda Rosewood

Linda Rosewood loves to research Santa Cruz history and has lived in downtown Santa Cruz for over 30 years. She loves to walk everywhere; that way she can find the next interesting local landmark to research. She posts her discoveries at her blog, History Right Here.

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