Brookdale has always been a bit of an enigma in the San Lorenzo Valley. Hosting its own post office and hotels, it has never quite grown into a full-fledged town. Conversely, though, it certainly is not just another Santa Cruz County subdivision. Perhaps, even after nearly 110 years of existence, its status as a vacation spot is still the best way to describe this scenic waypoint along California Route 9.
|1909 Survey Map of Brookdale Station, showing the right-of-way beside the San Lorenzo River. Note the large length of the station area beside the Tennis Courts (visible in the photo below). (Courtesy San Lorenzo Valley Museum)|
|Aerial view of Brookdale in 1911, with the station visible at left and the Brookdale Trestle at right.|
|Postcard of the Brookdale Lodge dining room in the mid-1920s.|
|A broad-gauged engine with two passenger cars approaches Brookdale Station, with siding or spur, in the early 1920s.|
|Ladies sitting in a car beside Brookdale Station, late 1910s.|
(Courtesy San Lorenzo Valley Museum)
|Brookdale Station on a busy day in the late 1910s. Note the lack of an obvious siding, though the train could be parked on that siding in this image. This is undoubtedly the most widely-known photograph of the station.|
|Postcard of Brookdale Station showing the small passenger and freight agency office under the long wrap-around porch of the station building. Reed's Spur, with a parked flat car, is visible at right. (Courtesy Grant Correll)|
|Station site of Brookdale. Right-of-way was on the left, with the Reed's Spur|
heading straight down the shot. Station building was on the right.
|The Brookdale Station building, with the walls expanded to their support|
posts. The roof has also been modified to allow it to breathe.
- Donald Thomas Clark, Santa Cruz County Place Names: A Geographic Dictionary (Scotts Valley, CA: Kestrel Press, 2008)
- Rich Hammon, California Central Coast Railroads (Santa Cruz, CA: Otter B Books, 2002).