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This Boulder Creek Weather site is powered by a Davis Vantage Pro2 weather station. The data are collected every 60 seconds and the site is updated every 10 minutes. The data for this site are collected using Weather Display Software (see page footer for version). The station consists of an anemometer, a rain gauge and a thermo-hygro sensor situated in optimal positions for highest accuracy possible. The station is located three miles north of Boulder Creek, in a steep-sided mountain valley of the San Lorenzo River. Barometric pressure, temperature and humidity are representative of the local micro-climate. Due to terrain and surrounding Redwoods, wind speed and direction are likely to be less representative.

About This City

Boulder Creek was founded around 1865 as a logging camp. There was a rival community a mile south, named Lorenzo. The two competed for a time. When the railroad station was located in Boulder Creek it spelled the end for Lorenzo. It languished, and eventually was swallowed up by Boulder Creek. The San Lorenzo Valley Museum is located in what was once Lorenzo.

By 1870, Boulder Creek had a dozen logging claims. It was Incorporated as a Village in 1902, but in 1905 town government was voted out. At the height of the lumber boom, the community had 26 hotels, gambling houses, saloons and cat houses. Nearly 2 billion board feet of redwood was shipped from Boulder Creek, but eventually the clear-cut logging policies ruined the environment and the town shrank. By 1940 the town had become a resort and summer getaway location.

Today, Boulder Creek is the northernmost town in the San Lorenzo Valley (population 10,506). It is located at the junction of Boulder Creek and the San Lorenzo River. It is a short half-hour drive from either Santa Cruz or Saratoga, via the scenic State Highway 9. It serves as the gateway to Big Basin Redwoods State Park. There are a number of shops, studios and restaurants, a service station and a couple of grocery stores - but no traffic signals, just a three-way stop sign.

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