|Layout of Siesta Subdivision with station site|
and right-of-way. (Courtesy Google Maps)
|Subdivision survey map, 1909.|
(Courtesy SLV Museum)
|Siesta Swimming Pool, which was likely created from a bend in the river|
directly north of the Siesta Trestle, from which this photograph was most
likely taken. (Couresty http://surfsedge.com/MyImportantPlaces.htm)
The photo at left also proves that the community at Siesta had at least a small desire to advertise itself. This postcard shows the Siesta Swimming Pool, which was quite clearly in fact a swimming hole on the San Lorenzo River. The photograph was likely taken from the west side of the subdivision from atop San Lorenzo River Trestle #3. This is evidenced by the flow of the river heading toward the photographer. Advertised merits such as this likely brought vacationers to Siesta to begin with and the proximity of the railroad allowed them to settle without fear of being cut off from the outside world.
|Right-of-way at Siesta Station facing south.|
|Right-of-way at Siesta Station facing north. Note the width which one allowed for a siding here.|
|Looking over the ledge northward toward the river, with the two bridge piers visible on its banks.|
The fate of Siesta is inevitably the same as the rest of the small flag-stops along the Boulder Creek Branch. Disuse and the advent of the automobile all spelled the end of the branch line, removing the small community at Siesta forever from direct interaction with the larger Brookdale community. Today, residents of the small community must travel north to reach a crossing over the river then cut west through Brookdale to exit. The right-of-way has been claimed by homes in parts within this area, but portions of it are still visible and bridge piers still sit in the river beside Siesta. The immediate area of the station and siding is still clear of homes, though it is on private property with extensive "No Trespassing" signage to deter aspiring railroad hunters. The two tall cement piers rise menacingly out of the San Lorenzo River and are staggered slightly due to a slight bend in the right-of-way that once spanned between them. The ROW south of Siesta disappears into the gated River Road community, soon becoming that road. North of the river, the ROW passes through numerous properties and roads, lost entirely beneath the residences of Brookdale.
- Clark, Donald Thomas, Santa Cruz County Place Names: A Geographic Dictionary (Scotts Valley, CA: Kestrel Press, 2008).