Even David Morrill Locke might be confused.
Locke was a 19th century Scotts Valley settler who once owned 1,100 acres along Mt. Hermon Road. When it was built, Lockewood Lane was named for him.
Why, then, is the road frequently misspelled as if his name was Lock?
The city’s official zoning map spells it with the “e,” but the Local Agency Formation Commission’s official sphere-of-influence map has it without the letter.
AAA and Rand-McNally cartographers also omit the “e,” as do the online mapmakers at Google Maps and Mapquest. Yet Yahoo! Maps has it right.
And if you drive from Mt. Hermon to Graham Hill Road, you’ll never know the correct spelling — the street signs have it both ways.
Oak Tree Villa, the assisted-living facility at 100 Lockewood Lane, spells it correctly in its literature. Curiously, though, its in-house beauty salon, Lockewood Hair Design, lists its address as on “Lockwood Lane.”
City Manager Steve Ando has no idea how use of the alternate spelling began.
“I don’t know how the two-spelling controversy came about,” he said. “We spell it with an ‘e.’ We receive parcel number (APN) listings from the county, and those listings have it with an ‘e’ as well.”
Still a mystery, though, is a list on the city’s Web site of all addresses in the city. The list has it spelled “Lockwood.”
“The listing on our Web site came from the county,” Ando said, “so I don’t know why it is spelled wrong.”