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Tunitas Creek at its outflow across Tunitas Beach. Faint traces of the old Ocean Shore Railroad can be seen at top left center, between the road and shoreline. Gordon's Chute was along the cliffs at upper left.
Gordon's Chute, 1878

Tunitas Creek is a small river in San Mateo County, California.[1] Tunitas is Spanish for "Little Prickly Pears".

An all-weather paved county road, Tunitas Creek Road, follows the creek from its source in the Santa Cruz Mountains to its outflow at the Pacific Ocean, at Tunitas Beach.

The cliffs just north of the Tunitas Creek outflow were the site for Gordon's Chute, a ramp for sliding farm goods from the top of the cliffs to ships anchored in the rolling surf below. Gordon's Chute was built in 1872 and lasted until 1885, when a storm blew it away. [2] A period drawing of the chute is here, and eyebolts for the chute can still be found in the cliff-face.[2]

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37°21′24″N 122°23′59″W / 37.3566091°N 122.3996964°W / 37.3566091; -122.3996964[3]

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