Tour App for 2017

Photo of actual tour of Lime Works districtThrough a new partnership between the Friends and Mobile Ranger, you can now tour the Cowell Lime Works Historic District via your iPhone or Android mobile device. The tour is illustrated with contemporary and historic photographs and includes updates and new stops not on earlier tours. To download the free tour, visit the Mobile Ranger web site.

Discover the History

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Lime was manufactured in the late 1800s and early 1900s on the land that is now home to the University of California, Santa Cruz. The historic district that the Friends of the Lime Works supports includes four lime kilns, the cooperage (where barrels were made), the hay barn, cookhouse, limeworker cabins, Cardiff house, and many other historic structures. Learn more about the history of the land in the district. Watch»

History Fair

Photo of History FairFor the second year in a row, the Friends of the Cowell Limeworks hosted the Santa Cruz County History Fair. Local museums, historians, historical societies, and other groups had displays or hosted activities at the event — which took place in 2016 on Saturday, October 8, 2016. See story.

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The Cowell Lime Works Historic District needs your help with monetary donations and donations in kind to help restore the historic structures, or volunteer services to assist in reconstruction and interpretation of district history.

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