The rise of the automobile was happening everywhere, but California was uniquely poised to embrace it, said Taylor, because it coincided with the state’s period of maximum growth. In the two decades after World War II, there was booming industry, plenty of land to develop and the population doubled. Car ownership was growing even faster than the population, with car registrations increasing by 10 percent a year between 1946 and 1958, according to the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
Brookdale is located 2 miles south of the town of Boulder Creek on Highway 9 and along the San Lorenzo River. It is about 10 miles north of Santa Cruz and it doesnt really have many services. Residents must shop in Felton, Ben Lomond, or Boulder Creek. Brookdale has a population of 1900 and its elevation is 405 feet. In 1900 John H. Logan laid out the town in what was formerly Reed's Spur and before it was called Brookdale it was known as Clear Creek because of its location at the creek's mouth. The Brookdale Post Office was established in 1902, discontinued in 1944, then reestablished in 1945.
Road Trip: The Birth of California Car Culture
In 2003, filmmaker Ken Burns chronicled the 5,600-mile, 63-day journey of Horatio Nelson Jackson from San Francisco to New York in a 1903 Winton. “Horatio’s Drive” told how Jackson, a doctor from Vermont, traveled with a mechanic and a bulldog named Bud across the nation
Maybe the weather has a lot to do with it, but California is one of the hottest beds of car culture in the world. Especially Southern California. As someone born, raised and currently living on the East Coast, I’m always jealous of what West Coast car enthusiasts have access to.