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    Mogul Engine #1629

    by Yaqui Written Dec 28, 2009

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    Mogul Engine 1629 was built in Schenectady New York. It went into service for the Southern Pacific Railroad that operated from Yuma, Arizona to Portland, Oregon and through Santa Clarita Valley. Mogul Engine 1629 is a M4 engine weighing 75 tons and with wheels 2-6-0. She retired from her faithful service in1957, but found another new home when famed Western actor, Gene Autry bought her. Mogul Engine 1629 was actually used in films at his Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon and on television series in "Gunsmoke" and "Wyatt Earp." Mr. Autry donated her in 1981 to the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and where she found another home next to the Saugus Train Station Museum for all of us to enjoy.

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    Saugus Train Station 1887 & Museum

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    Built on September 1, 1887 to accomodate passengers who were traveling along the Southern Pacific Railroad line. Passengers needed places to stop to rest and eat. A Tolefree's Saugus Eating House was established at one end of the depot for a short time, until Martin and Richard Wood in 1898, bought the business and changed it to, The Saugus Cafe. Eventually in 1905 additional storage was needed for freight so the cafe had to moved across the street where it stands today.

    Cowboys were common by shooting up the place and even this part of the track was robbed. President Benjamin Harrison even stopped here in April, 1891, as with Theodore Roosevelt and Governor Henry T. Gage in 1903. Sadly like so many wonderful stations, the last passenger train that stopped April, 1971 and the last freight train in 1979. Although closed, it was not lost. It was moved on June 24, 1980 to its new spot at William S. Hart Park.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Pardee House 1890

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    Built as a Good Templars Hall in1890 by Henry Clay Needham who founded the Newhall Water. In 1893 Mr. Ed Pardee oil man, constable, and an owner of the livery stable, moved in it. It was even used in Tom Mix films 1917. Pearle Russell, Mr. Pardee's daughter sold it to the Pacific Telephone Co. in 1946, which became the Newhall telephone exchange. The Boys Club used the building from 1969-77 and it was used in the 80's by the Chamber of Commerce. Now she sits at the Heritage Junction to be enjoyed again.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Newhall Ranch House 1865

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    This house was part of the grand Rancho San Francisco that had been established by Franciscan padres of the 18th century. The Del Valle family were granted the 48,612 acres 35 years later. William Wolfskill, a vintner/orchard owner bought it 1857. Mr. Thomas R. Bard bought it 1865 who may have built the first structure with basement. Henry M. Newhall bought the place at a Sheriff's sale in 1875 and made the improvements. Gregory, Mr. Newhall's son lived here until his death in 1903, then his a younger brother, Walter until 1906. The house then became the ranch foreman's residence. It eventually was donated and now being enjoyed at Heritage Juntion.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Mitchell Adobe 1860

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    The adobe was originally 45 x 60 feet, and made of clay dug from a layer deep in a hand-dug well. Colonel Thomas Finley Mitchell, a veteran of the Mexican-American War had combined the adobe and the old miner's shack that he moved to Soledad and Sand Canyons in 1860 where he lived and headquartered his 160-acre ranch. He married Martha Catherine Taylor in 1865, who began the Sulphur Springs School in 1872, and taught in the kitchen of the adobe. Sadly the adobe fell into ruin in 1919, but was salvaged by the Colonel's son-in-law, Walter Murphy and used as a home for the ranch foreman, guest house, apiary, tack room and it fell into ruin again by 1986. What was left, was rebuilt and moved to the park in 1989.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Edison Cottage 1919

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    This cottage of Swiss-Germanic Style was one of many built by the Southern California Edison Company for employees in 1919 when the Newhall substation opened. It was moved west of Saugus in 1925 when the "new" substation was completed. Assistant Edison Patrolman Raymond Starbard who was credited as being the first to spread the alarm of the 1928 St. Francis Dam disaster lived here. The cottage was donated and moved to Heritage Junction in 1989 for everyone to enjoy again.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Ramona Chapel 1926

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    It was the centerpiece from 1926-1962 of Robert E. Callahan's Mission Village in Culver City who assembled it from bits and pieces of 200 old churches designed by composer Carrie Jacobs Bond of "The End of a Perfect Day." The sign reads: Non Sectarian Ramona Chapel, Its two seat pew, rich alter, 48 cup brass candelabra, and pipe organ music make it an inspiring shrine for mediation." Absolute Silence Please.

    It was here where Gary Cooper was inducted into the Sioux Nation, used in a John Wayne movie and visited by Wyatt Earp, Will Rogers, and Joan Crawford. It had to be moved in 1963 from Mission Village because of the freeway construction of the Santa Monica section. Eventually donated by Mrs. Callahan and moved to Heritage Junction in 1987.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    William S. Hart Park Mansion 1921

    by Yaqui Updated Apr 6, 2014

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    William S. Hart was a famous silent film cowboy star and director. He had this Spanish colonial Revival style 22 room mansion built in 1921, which cost back then $100,000 to build and chose a hill top within the Santa Clarita Valley part of Newhall. Back then he could earn about $100,000 a movie, so he was able to easily afford such a fabulous place. What is amazing is he chose to start a movie career at the age of 49. He retired eventually and lived at this home for twenty years till his death in 1946. The views from the hill top are beautiful. You can even see the Magic Mountain Tower from the ground level of the hill top. The have free tours daily. The home is still furnished with orginal furnishings and so many lovely mementos from his Hollywood days and the gifts his famous friends would give him. He willed his home and the surrounding ranch of 265 acres to the county for free use by the public. He felt since the public made him wealth, then he wanted his public to enjoy his wealth after he was gone. He was such a generous man.

    Park Hours: Open Daily
    Summer Hours – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    (Mid June to early September)

    Winter Hours – 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    (Early September to Mid June)

    Museum Hours: Free guided tours year round

    Early - September to Mid -June
    Wednesday - Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    (last tour at 12:30 p.m.)

    Mid-June to Early-September
    Wednesday - Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    (last tour at 3:30 p.m.)

    Fondest Memory:
    I've been to this park many times over the a span of years since being a young teenager. I was a die hard softball player and we use to compete with the other little leagues here and when in High School we would play against Newhalls high school. The school bus would stop at the park to let us off to blow off some steam, so this park has found memories for me. Yet, I could never get anyone to venture up to the mansion for the tour, not even when we would stop here on our motorcycles while young adults. So this time my lovely family made the hike up the hill with me and I took the tour and it was wonderful. The tour guides are knowledgable and friendly. It was fun to finally to see the house in person.

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    Callahan Schoolhouse 1927

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    Robert E. Callahan for his Mission Village in Culver City built this in 1927 for a tourist attraction and movie set. Like the Ramono Chapel the village had to be moved in 1963 due to freeway construction for the Santa Monica section. The building actually houses the desks, a blackboard, and a lectern dating back to 1858. It was donated by Mrs. Marion Callahan and moved to the Heritage Junction for everyone to enjoy.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Kingsburry House 1878

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 30, 2009

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    Built in 1878, it was first lived in by Lyman Stewart in 1883, who formed the Union Oil Co. August Ferrier bought it in 1911 and moved from 8th and San Fernando Road to Walnut Street, and it was rented to the Julia H. Young family who owned and managed the drug store. Mr.Ted Kornelissen an Dutchman, local mailman, bought the property from Ferrier. It was bought in 1943 by Ruth and Charles Kingsburry veteran of the Spanish-American War, operated a meat market and coach in the Masonic Order. It was eventually donated and moved to Heritage Juntion for everyone to enjoy.

    The house is now open on the first Sunday of each month (except holidays) from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

    The Saugus Train Station Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays (except holidays) from 1 to 4 p.m. The Kingsbury House is open for tours the first Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.

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    Veteran's Memorial Plaza

    by Yaqui Written Dec 29, 2009

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    This has to be one of nicest Veteran's Memorial Plaza I have ever seen. I was totally blown away in how much care was taken to present such a beautiful area. The fountain are not overwhelming, and treckle enough water to muffle the local sounds from the traffic nearby. Each of the plaques that surround the fountains each describe the various wars we have had to defend. The Little Boy Drummer sculpture is beautiful done. Across the lawn there are standing proud the United States and California flags also being flanked by flags from each of the five branches of the military. There is also a lovely Victorian pergolas on each side of the flags. A brick walkway surrounds the ellipse along with hundreds of engraved bricks honoring individuals who served in the military. I recommend anyone who has family who are veterans to stop by and enjoy the plaza.

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    Bison Herd

    by Yaqui Updated Dec 28, 2009

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    They have a wonderful Bison herd at the William S. Hart Park that was donated to the park around 1962 by Walt Disney Park. They are in a fenced area and hopefully people will know to stay out of that fenced area. As cuddly, cute, and appear to be docile. They can turn on you in a second and can out run you. So just admire them on the other side of the fence and please do not feed them.

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    Petting Zoo ~ William S. Hart Park

    by Yaqui Written Dec 29, 2009

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    The park has so many wonderful things and one of them is a petty zoo. They have types of speices of birds, wild boar, a herd of American Bison, deer, goats, rabbits, sheep, donkey's and potbelly pigs and more. They have a dispenser to feed the animals, but be sure to clean your hands afterwards.

    Park Hours: Open Daily
    Summer Hours – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    (Mid June to early September)

    Winter Hours – 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    (Early September to Mid June)

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    Ranch House ~ William S. Hart Park

    by Yaqui Written Dec 29, 2009

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    Another wonderful building to the park that is free to enjoy. Is the orginal ranch house. We use to come to this part of park as teenagers while riding our bikes and its has changed and improved. The Ranch House is now a musuem too and you can walk thru it and see all the wonderful piece of furnishings that was original to the building and more Mr. Harts personal effects, movie paraphernalia, and movie Western American art.

    Park Hours: Open Daily
    Summer Hours – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

    (Mid June to early September)

    Winter Hours – 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

    (Early September to Mid June)

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    Walk of Western Stars

    by Yaqui Written Dec 29, 2009

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    Western movies are synonymous with this area for so many were filmed near this area and many movie celebrities have lived in or around the Santa Clarita Valley. So Newhall wanted to honor those who have earned their right to have a lovely star. What was so neat is how they have remodeled many of the buildings to have that western theme. It was wonderful to see and we all enjoyed wondering along the walk and checking out all the stars. It was neat to see Nate skipping along the walkway.

    You will find the bronze plaques and terrazzo tile set into the sidewalks along San Fernando Road, Newhall Avenue, and Market Street.

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