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Some individuals portrayed in these pages have been the stars of Evergreen history tours for decades. Here we tell their stories from a fresh perspective while sharing the enduring contributions of many others, not as biographies but rather as interlaced lives that helped mold the values of a very young and evolving town. If well-known pioneers do not appear, it is not because they were less important. Rather, we selected from a wide group of individuals, some better known and some lesser known, reflecting the diverse aspirations, occupations, vocations, ethnicities and cultures that intertwined to create Santa Cruz. Nearly two thousand additional residents are buried at Evergreen; I hope this modest beginning inspires the telling of their stories as well.