Being on the northern edge of Los Angeles county means we don't have to drive too far to have some fabulous rides near home. Some of my favorite rides can be found on this site: http://westrides.com/rides/ride_results.asp. You can search by city or state in the available western states.more
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....more
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....more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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....more
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....more
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...more
These lovely murals are located on the downtown business buildings. One of those is the Santa Clarita's Southern Hotel ( Work Boot Warehouse Building) and the other is just across the street is California Vaquero's (the first cowboys of the US) on El Tracadero Restaurant Building. As you walk along the walkway on San Fernando Rd you will see that...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
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...more
25320 The Old Road, Santa Clarita, California, 91381, United States
Good for: Solo
Newhall has one of the metrolink stations that is located right in the middle of town which makes it nice if you want to explore downtown Newhall and William S. Hart Park is within walking distance also. Lovely station I might add.
24300 Railroad Ave. Santa Clarita, CA 91321
From the 5 Fwy., exit Lyons Ave. Go East on Lyons to San Fernando Rd. Go South on San Fernando Rd. to Market. Go East on Market to Railroad Ave.
Within the park is a wonderful little gift shop with lots of wonderful things to chose from.
Labor Day to Mid-June
Wednesday - Friday, 10 am to 1 pm (last tour at 12:30)
Saturday - Sunday, 11 am to 4 pm (last tour at 3:30 pm).
Wednesday - Sunday 11 am to 4 pm (last tour at 3:30 pm).
What to buy: HART PARK and MUSEUM
I can promise you that you'll have one heckuva good time at the Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival here in Santa Clarita, California (Newhall) to be more precise! It takes place every year during the month of October. Picture this: a quarter-mile movie set; an old Wild West town, wooden buildings, raised sidewalks, a real jail, horses moseying up and down Main Street, a historic saloon (my favorite) and wonderful free entertainment everywhere. If you're also looking for a place where you can listen
to Cowboy Poetry and Western music, then Pardner, it's all here!!!! A guy can't go 200 feet without running into an outdoor stage where some talented pretty cowgirl poet or a handsome cowboy with a guitar was performing. There's a working blacksmith shop where they're making horseshoes and branding irons. There are trick ropers and costume pageants, and in the Melody Ranch Theatre, you can see Cowboy favs. singers perform. There's picnic areas and a lot of food stands.... mmmmm, barbecue!!!! All in all, if you happen to like poetry and the songs of the Old West, you'll find more talent per square foot around this festival than anywhere I've seen.
I was told repeatly by the staff at the park to stay on the trails and each time I said no problem because I well know that with so much brush, rock, leaves all about the snakes love to make such areas their home. So it is something to think about where ever you are at any park. Keep an eye on the littles one or even a better one on your bigger kids:)
Sadly first of all the markers are missing and probably been missing a long time. As young folks we use to ride along Sierra Highway and use to pull off here to stretch our legs. I always admire the markers back then. It is sad now the markers are gone, the bases are falling apart and there is trash all over. Yet, history was made here. The...more
Dedicated to those lost during September 11, 2001.Somerset County, Pa New York, Ny Washington, DCThrough blurred eyes we find the strength and courage to soar beyond the moment. We look to the future knowing we can never forget the past.God Bless America.WE REMEMBERThis memorial is dedicated with appreciation to the brave firefighters, police...more
Located within the gates, but just to the left of the guard shelter incase to protect is a real historical horse drawn hearse of LA county.This vehicle was manufactured at about the same time the first interments were made in this cemetery -1860. Courtesy of Paul J. Smith.Located off Interstate 14, Eternal Valley Memorial Park & Mortuary23287 N...more