|1889, Official Map of Santa Cruz County,|
A. J. [Andrew Jackson] Hatch
|Headwaters of Boulder Creek at Bull's Spring, with|
a small concrete dam through which the creek flows.
He had not yet built his cabin on the land and so slept on the ground under the stars. Around sunrise one morning he awoke to find a large female grizzly eating his discarded bacon rinds just a few feet from the end of his bed, with two cubs a little further away. Rodgers and the bear looked at each other for a brief time - that seemed like an eternity to the former. He then sprung to his feet and without stopping to dress he “clasped the nearest tan-oak in a loving embrace” and made a desperate attempt to climb it. Fortunately, for Rodgers, the bear gave a disgruntled growl and sidled slowly off into the nearby brush.
|The area has since been logged.|
In October the same year, C. C. Rodgers had yet another encounter. The Santa Cruz Weekly Sentinel reported: