Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Agua Dulce | Vasquez Rocks
Including Parts of Mint Canyon

See also Saugus and Soledad Canyon and Borax


Legacy: Dick Held
Life & Times
Points of Interest
A 'Honey' of a Story
A History of Vasquez Rocks and Vicinity (Comprehensive History) • Los Angeles County, 1-15-1974
Nature, History to Share Spotlight at New Vasquez Center by Katalin Szabolcsi • 6-21-2012
Agua Dulce Artifacts Passing from One Safekeeper to Another by Katalin Szabolcsi • 6-21-2012
Agua Dulce Man Preserves Tataviam Past by Katalin Szabolcsi • The Signal, 10-29-2000
A Comparison of Tataviam Ethnobotany at Vasquez Rocks and Placerita Canyon by Sarah Brewer Thompson • 1-19-2014
A La Señorita: Poem by Tiburcio Vasquez • 1874-1875
Vasquez and the Tres Pinos Horror • (Bakersfield) Southern Californian, 9-4-1873
The Vasquez Gang • (San Diego) The World, 9-20-1873
Vasquez. Daring Robbery Near Camulos • (Los Angeles) Evening Express, 10-23-1873
Taking of Kingston by Vasquez • (Los Angeles) Evening Express, 12-29-1873
Vasquez Band Robs Kingston • (Bakersfield) Southern Californian, 1-1-1874
Vasquez, The Robber Raid On Kingston • (San Diego) The World, 1-3-1874
T. Vasquez: Letter from Varnum Westcott to Gov. Newton Booth • 1-12-1874
Confession of Charles W. Weeks, Vasquez Gang Member • February 1874.
Vasquez Captured at Last. • (San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Chronicle, 5-15-1874
Vasquez Capture Confirmed • (San Diego) Evening World, 5-15-1874
Capture of Vasquez • (Vallejo, CA) The Daily People's Independent, 5-16-1874
Jailhouse Interview with Tiburcio Vasquez • by Major Ben C. Truman, Los Angeles Star, 5-16-1874, Repurposed 1881.
Vasquez' History in Brief • (San Diego) The World, 5-18-1874
Capture of Vasquez, A Question Of Honor • (Los Angeles) Evening Express, 5-19-1874
The Jail Life of Vasquez. • (San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Chronicle, 5-19-1874
The Scene of Vasquez' Capture. • (San Francisco, CA) San Francisco Chronicle, 5-21-1874
Vasquez Captured • (Stockton, CA) Stockton Weekly Independent, 5-23-1874
Vasquez Captured • (New York, NY) The New York Times, 5-24-1874
Abdon Leiva's Version Of Vasquez gang Tres Pinos Massacre. • (San Francisco, CA) The Sunday Chronicle, 5-24-1874
Tiburcio Vasquez Trial and Murder Conviction At San Jose • Los Angeles Weekly Star, 1-16-1875
Vasquez Refused a New Trial By the Supreme Court • (San Jose, CA) The Weekly Argus, 3-13-1875
The Execution Of Vasquez! • (Sacramento) The Daily Bee, 3-19-1875
Tiburcio Vasquez Hanged At San Jose • New York Tribune, 3-20-1875
Execution of Vasquez, the Bandit • Dallas Daily Herald, 3-21-1875
Origins of the Sterling Borax Co.Acton Rooster 1907-1908.
Agua Dulce: A Story of Love and Loss, by Mary Hunter Austin (1909) • Harper's Weekly, 8-28-1909
The Haunts and Hideouts of Tiburcio Vasquez, by Will H. Thrall • So. Cal Historical Society Quarterly, June 1948
Tiburcio Vasquez, Lover-Bandit by Dick Cox • Real West, November 1965

Tick Canyon: Richest Borax Deposit Ever FoundLos Angeles Times, 11-17-1907.
Plane Crash at Agua Dulce The Signal, 5-19-1938
Cattle-Rustling 'Phantom of Vasquez Rocks' Captured News Reports, October 1945
Dick Held's Agua Dulce Memories by Dick Held, Spring 2002
Touring Vasquez Rocks: A History of its 20th Century Occupation by Jo Ellen Rismanchi, October 2001
Vasquez Rocks, Land of Enduring Romance by Jo Ellen Rismanchi, 1-2-2002
Notes from Interview with Edward Toney, Agua Dulce Pioneer by Jo Ellen Rismanchi • 3-3-2002
Mary Wright, An Agua Dulce Pioneer by Jo Ellen Rismanchi • The Signal, 7-16-2002
Philip Scorza Explores the Sterling Borax Mine 2007
An "Odd Couple" and Twenty Mules: The Fortune of the Sterling Borax Company in California's Santa Clarita Valleyby Edward Keebler, 12-13-2010
County Adding Land to Vasquez Rocks, 11-10-2011
Unraveling the Mystery of the Mesa by Alan Pollack, 3-2011
Interpretive Center Rising at Bandit's Rocky Hideout by Katalin Szabolcsi • 5-9-2012
Open House at New Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center SCVTV • 5-30-2013
Asher Ranch Life Revealed in Vasquez Rocks Program by Lillian Smith, Agua Dulce-Acton Country Journal • 3-15-2014


LW9550 - Vasquez Rock Art: Sun. Color Photo, 1995. 55K.
LW9551 - Vasquez Rock Art: Lizard. Color Photo, 1995. 53K.
LW9552 - Vasquez Rock Art: Volcano. Color Photo, 1995. 65K.
LW9553 - Vasquez Rock Art: Snake. Color Photo, 1995. 82K.
LW9555 - Vasquez Rock Art: White Dotted Figure. Color Photo, 1995.
LW9556 - Vasquez Rock Art: Lizard. Color Photo, 1995.
LW9557 - Vasquez Rock Art: Black Figures. Color Photo, 1995.
LW9558 - Vasquez Rock Art: Red Figure. Color Photo, 1995.
HS3020 - Tiburcio Vasquez, Bandit. 98K
JE4001 - Tiburcio Vasquez: Portrait & Biography, 5-19-1874. 81K
CA0010 - Tiburcio Vasquez's Spurs, Discovered in 1930s. (8 Views)
AL1890 - Reward Poster For Apprehension of Indian Murder Suspect-Mint Canyon, November 26, 1890.
JA0000 - Oaks Garage/Le Chene French Cuisine, Sierra Highway-Mint Canyon (Multiple Views), 1916 ff.
DH2101 - Tony & Geneva Dean Held & Sons, Agua Dulce Homesteaders (Multiple Views), 1920s.
DH3001 - Snowfall in Agua Dulce (Multiple Views), 1930.
DH3101 - The Neighbors' New Water Pump in Agua Dulce, 1931.
JE3001 - Claude Ellis' Art at Vasquez Rocks (Multiple Views), 1930s.
LW2297 - Buck Jones in "Outlawed Guns," Vasquez Rocks Fight Scene, Publicity Still, 1935.
LC4101 - Ivan Callahan Family & Homestead (3 Views), 1938-41.
LW2042 - Vasquez Rocks, Union Oil Postcard, 1941. Color, 130K.
JW4401 - Hoot Gibson, Ken Maynard, Bob Steele in "Arizona Whirlwind," Vasquez Rocks, 1944. 68K.
LW2097 - Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson & Ken Maynard at Vasquez Rocks, c. 1940s. 100K.
AP3114 - Agua Dulce Schoolhouse, May 1945.
CU1950 - Wilson's Restaurant, Mint Canyon, Real Photo Postcard, 1950s.
LW2215 - Wilson's Restaurant, Mint Canyon, Matchbook, 1950s.
LW2109 - "Gunsmoke": James Arness & Amanda Blake at Vasquez Rocks, 1950s. 82K.
LW2098 - Capt. Kirk Battles the Gorn at Vasquez Rocks, 1967 (8 Views).
LW2002 - Callahan's Old West: Good Luck Charm, 2 Varieties, c. 1960s.
LW2221 - Callahan's Old West, Hopi Shrine, Color Postcard, 1960s.
LW2221b - Callahan's Old West, Outlaw Saloon, Color Postcard, 1960s.
LW2531 - Callahan's Old West, Ramona Chapel, Color Postcard, 1960s.
LW2145 - Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles" at Vasquez Rocks, 1974 (11 Views).
VH8401 - 'Airwolf' Episode at Vasquez Rocks, 1984-87 (4 Views).
SC9401 - "The Flintstones" Movie Set at Vasquez Rocks, 1994.
GT9801 - Human Skull Washes Up in El Nino Storm, 2-21-1998.
GT9801 - Flooding in Sleepy Valley, 2-1998.
SG0922 - Callahan's Old West Indian Village, 2000. 149K.
LW2261 - Bobby Clark (the Gorn) Reenacts "Star Trek" Battle with Captain Kirk (Multiple Views), 8-4-2012.
LW2362 - Tailings from the Sterling Borax Mine, 4-17-2013.
LW2381 - 2 Sterling Borax Mine Dwellings, 6 Views, 6-8-2013.
LW2363 - Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center (Exterior), 4-17-2013.
LW2384 - "Sunset at Vasquez Rocks," Oil on Canvas by Laura Wambsgans, 2013.
LW2410 - Orit Haj (Rammed Earth Artwork) at Vasquez Rocks Interpretive Center, 2 Views, 7-18-2013.
Gallery - Former Owner Jeff Asher Lectures at Vasquez Rocks, 15 Views, 3-9-2014.

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