UCSC Lime Kilns Tour

Each pot kiln had four doorways at the base. Originally, each doorway was fitted with a heavy iron door to control draft. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.
The standard pot kiln. These are at the base of the UCSC campus. Each pot kiln had four doorways at the base. Originally, each doorway was fitted with a heavy iron door to control draft. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

Lime production was an important player in the development of Santa Cruz. This is a 17 stop walking tour primarily around the buildings that were a part of the Cowell Lime works, and the Henry Cowell Ranch near the main entrance to the UCSC campus.

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.

During this walking tour created by Friends of the Cowell Limeworks Historic District, you will see that some of the historic buildings have been put to modern uses by the University. Others remain unused but are gradually being restored. We highlight a few of the stops below, but the complete stories for all the stops can be found in the mobile app, and many can be read in blog form at the bottom of this page. Please note that a valid UCSC permit is required to park in all non-meter, non-pay station parking spaces on campus during weekdays. Some parking areas are free on weekends, but read signs carefully. Detailed information on parking is available on the UCSC Transportation and Parking Services Visitor Parking website.

A wild ride in the ore cars. Learn of the 1860s tramway between the quarry and the kilns.

The Lower Quarry in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Harry Mayo.
The Lower Quarry in the late 1950s. Photo courtesy of Harry Mayo.

The Cook House, today’s admissions office at UCSC has always been painted red. In contrast, almost all the other ranch buildings were whitewashed. Find out why.

The Cook House.
The Cook House may be the coolest admissions office of all. Photo Courtesy Friends of the Cowell Limeworks Historic District.

Meet one of the founding fathers of lime production. He wasn’t the only one but he is the most famous and he played hard ball when it came to business.

One of the few known portraits of Henry Cowell. Courtesy of the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.
One of the few known portraits of Henry Cowell. Photo courtesy of the Friends of the Cowell Lime Works Historic District.

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I really enjoy field trips. I love being in a cool place and having someone tell me about it. The problem is, you can’t always find a professor or park ranger-type to tell you all they know about the local rocks, plants, and history. So I decided to combine my love of things natural with mobile technology.

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