Lime Kiln Legacies
The history of the lime industry in Santa Cruz County, California
Welcome to the Lime Kiln Legacies website.
Lime Kiln Legacies, published in May, 2007, traces the history of lime making in Santa Cruz County, California, from 1791 to 1946.
In the late 1800s Santa Cruz was the most important lime manufacturing area in California. Much of the lime was transported by ship 75 miles north to San Francisco where it was used to make mortar and plaster for constructing buildings.
Today, many of Santa Cruz County's historic lime kilns remain standing, and some are preserved in parks where they are popular hiking destinations (see links).