SantaCruzBeachBoardwalkBeal[Book: Chandra Beal & Richard Beal – 2003 – 15x23cm – 262 Pages – Many B&W photos]. A stroll through the early history of the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk (California). Visit the Boardwalk through historical photographs, personal interviews, and extensively researched records. Rekindle memories and meet the colourful characters who shaped the town’s image as a world-class resort. Features a chronological, year-by-year timeline… including the inception of Thompson’s Scenic Railway in 1908 (–1924), the building of the Giant Dipper in 1924 (–present), the Wild Mouse 1955/8 (–1977) and the 1977 introduction of the Jet Star modern steel coaster to the present day. Thoroughly researched and an educational read. ANDY SHINE’S RATING: Good / Excellent.