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Holy City: Father Riker’s Cult in the Santa Cruz Mountains

Holy City: Father Riker's Cult in the Santa Cruz Mountains | Mobile Ranger

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I'd like to go back 100 years and buy 30 acres for $10, too.

In 1918, Riker purchased 30 acres just south of Los Gatos for only $10 that became “Holy City” according to Betty’s Lewis’s account in Holy City: Riker’s Roadside Attraction in the Santa Cruz Mountains. His following began with 30, mostly elderly, disciples who gave him all their money so they could focus on their new “religion.” Some called the group a religious cult but the only place of “worship” in the City was a redwood grove where Father Riker gave sermons that were more like philosophical lectures.

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