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Guide to the San Lorenzo Valley & Santa Cruz Mountains

Ben Lomond

Four miles farther up river lies the town of Ben Lomond. This settlement was originally known as Pacific Mills, for the company that owned it. John Burns, a native of Scotland, named the surrounding mountain after his homeland area. The town eventually assumed the name too. Burns passed in 1880. He had a son, Thomas, and 10 grand children, some of whom are still living.

As the logging industry slowed, fruit growing and farming were tried, but weren’t economically successful.

In the early 1900s the town gained fame as a resort. In 1907 it touted itself as the gem of the Santa Cruz Mountains.

Courtesy Santa Cruz Mountains Guide

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