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At Home in Happy Valley

Happy Valley, formerly recognized as Blackburn Gulch, is a charming residential area located at the end of Branciforte Drive. The drive, in turn, extends from Market Street, a bustling hub in Santa Cruz. Do not confuse Branciforte Drive with Branciforte Avenue; the two do not intersect. Happy Valley Road, another significant path, branches from Branciforte Drive following the course of Crystal Creek.

Historical Background 

Before acquiring the moniker ‘Blackburn Gulch’, the area was colloquially known as Squabble Hallow, a name that possibly originated from border disputes prevalent in the region. A turning point in its history was the establishment of the Happy Valley Resort around 1930, post which the locale began to be identified as Happy Valley.

“History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.” – Maya Angelou

Why the Name ‘Happy Valley’? 

The question, “Why is it called Happy Valley?” often intrigues visitors and locals alike. The popular local answer is, “Because it has valley happy people!” This light-hearted response highlights the congenial spirit of the residents and the overall positive ambiance of this charming community.

Happy Valley Businesses 

Happy Valley Conference Center

Located at 2159 Branciforte Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95065, the Happy Valley Conference Center is a significant landmark in the region.

Happy Valley Elementary School

The school stands as a testament to the community’s focus on quality education.

Four Gates Vineyard & Winery‎

A must-visit destination for wine enthusiasts, this winery offers a unique blend of flavors.

Mystery Spot

This tourist attraction offers a unique gravitational anomaly experience, making it a must-visit destination.

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