Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

SCV Chronology.
A Timeline of Historical Events.


17,500 YEARS AGO

  • Beginning of the Holocene (Modern) Epoch; possible arrival of man in the SCV.
3,500 YEARS AGO
  • Beginning of the Early Horizon period; people living in the SCV.
c. AD 450-500
  • Tataviam Indians arrive in the Santa Clarita Valley.
c. 1510 to 1602
  • Spain sends explorers to California.
1542
  • June 27: Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo sets sail from Navidád, Jalisco, Mexico; stops for a drink at mouth of Santa Clara River in Ventura.
c. 1727
  • Explorer Gaspar de Portolá born in Catalonia, Spain.
1769
  • July 16: Gaspar de Portolá and Father Junípero Serra establish Mission San Diego.
  • July 28, ~1PM: First recorded L.A.-area earthquake, felt by Portolá party, probably centered 30 miles southeast of L.A. on San Andreas Fault.
  • August 8: Portolá expedition crosses Newhall Pass at Elsmere Canyon, camps at Chaguayabit (Castaic Junction).
  • August 10: Father Juan Crespí names Santa Clara River for St. Clare.
1772
  • March 6: Captain Pedro Fages arrives from San Diego; camps at Agua Dulce, Castaic, Lake Elizabeth, Lebec and Tejon.
1776
  • April 13: Spanish Fr. Francisco Hermanegeldo Garces, seeking short route from Sonora (Mex.) to Monterey (Calif.) enters SCV.
1784
  • Father Junípero Serra dies; succeeded by Father Fermin Lasuen.
1788
  • Antonio Seferino del Valle born in Composilla, Mexico.
1795
  • September 3: Fr. Vincente de Santa Maria, at San Buenaventura, recommends San Fernando Valley over Santa Clarita Valley for a mission.
1797
  • September 8: Fr. Fermin Lasuen dedicates Mission San Fernando Rey de España.
1802
  • March 9: Gold discoverer Francisco Lopez born at Mission San Gabriel, by some accounts. Otherwise 1820.
1804
  • December 3 (?): Estancia de San Francisco Xavier founded at Castaic Junction (contrary to some sources, never raised to asistencia status).
1808
  • July 1: Ignacio del Valle, son of Antonio, born in Jalisco, Mexico.
1812
  • December 8: Catastrophic earthquake devastates coast from (at least) Santa Barbara to San Juan Capistrano; San Fernando Mission heavily damaged; aftershocks till April 1813 (Benson 1997:250).
1813
  • Bar placed across Newhall Pass in Elsmere Canyon to keep cattle from wandering away from the estancia.
  • January 21: "Pathfinder" John C. Fremont born in Savannah, Ga.
  • April 14: Birth of '49er patriarch J.B. Arcan of Bennett-Arcan party.
1820
  • April 6: '49er diarist William Lewis Manly born in St. Albans, Vermont.
1821
  • March 26: California becomes a territory of Mexico in the war between Mexico and Spain.
  • September 21: L.A. freighter & hotelier Remi Nadeau born in Canada (grandfather of same-named SCV property owner).
1822
  • February 4: Surveyor Edward F. Beale born in Washington, DC.
  • April 11: Monterey falls to Augustin Iturbide; reign lasts less than one year.
1824
  • Indians at Santa Ynez revolt against Mexican rule.
  • June 6: Spanish missionaries pass through SCV en route to retrieving runaway Chumash slaves.
1825
  • May 13: Henry Mayo Newhall born in Saugus, Massachusetts.
  • July 27: Ignacio del Valle arrives at Monterey.
1827
  • December 24: Colonel Thomas F. Mitchell born in Tennessee.
1831
  • August 11: Death Valley '49er John John Burt Colton, writer of the Jayhawker Papers, born in Maine.
  • November 20: Sanford and Cyrus Lyon born in Machias, Maine.
1832
  • January 1: Early Pico Canyon oil financier & school namesake Charles N. Felton born in Buffalo, N.Y.
1833
  • August: Mexican Congress secularizes former mission lands.
  • October 12: Lawman William W. Jenkins born in Circleville, Ohio.
1834
  • October: Mexican Lieutenant Antonio del Valle arrives at Mission San Fernando to dismantle church holdings.
1835
  • August 11: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez born in Monterey.
1837
  • October 17: Trapper Peter LaBeck killed by grizzly bear at El Tejon.
1838
  • August 31: Early Pico oilman & San Francisquito vintner Ramon Perea born.
1839
  • January 22: Governor Juan B. Alvarado grants Rancho San Francisco to Antonio del Valle.
  • December 17: Judge John F. Powell born in Galway, Ireland.
1841
  • June 21: Antonio del Valle dies.
1842
  • January 1: Ignacio del Valle marries Maria Carrillo, claims Rancho Camulos.
  • March 9: Francisco Lopez makes the first documented discovery of gold in California, in Placerita Canyon.
  • March 10: Lopez takes samples of the gold he discovered the previous day to Los Angeles.
  • April 4: Gov. Alvarado grants rights to F. Lopez and partners to mine gold in Placerita Canyon.
  • May 3: State's first mining district established at Rancho San Francisco; Ignacio del Valle, chairman.
  • June 9: Rancho Temescal granted to Francisco Lopez.
  • October 1: New York Observer (newspaper) reports on Placerita gold discovery.
1843
  • October 2: Rancho Los Alamos granted to Francisco Lopez.
  • November 22: Rancho Castac (Castaic) granted to Jose Covarabias [spelling per deed].
1845
  • August 25: Rancho del Buque granted to Francisco Chari.
1846
  • May 13: Mexican-American War declared by U.S. Congress.
  • July 7: U.S. troops land at Monterey, hoist U.S. flag.
1847
  • January 9-10: Col. John C. Fremont and troops camp at Rancho San Francisco.
  • January 12: Col. John C. Fremont and troops pass through Fremont's Pass.
  • January 13: General Andres Pico surrenders to Col. John C. Fremont in the Capitulation of Cahuenga.
  • March 27: Probable birth date of Pico Canyon oil driller Charles Alexander Mentry.
1848
  • January 24: James Marshall discovers gold at Sutter's Mill.
  • February 2: Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends Mexican-American War; California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas become U.S. possessions.
1849
  • March: Bennett-Arcan party leaves Wisconsin in search of gold.
  • June 27: Edward F. Beale weds Mary Edwards, daughter of U.S. Rep. Samuel Edwards (Penn.).
  • August 15: Eight-pound gold nugget found in San Feliciano Canyon.
  • September 1: Constitutional Convention held at Monterey.
  • October 7: Jayhawker party encounters Bennett-Arcan party.
  • November 4: William Manly and John Rogers set out from Death Valley to find help for the stranded Bennett-Arcan party.
  • November 18: Wildlife painter John Woodhouse Audubon, son of ornithologist John James Audubon, camps at Castaic Junction.
1850
  • January 1: William Manley and John Rogers arrive at the Del Valles' estancia, find help for the Bennett-Arcan party.
  • January 28: Forty-niner William Robinson dies in Soledad Canyon from drinking too much cool water.
  • February 4: Bennett-Arcan party reaches Del Valle rancho.
  • July 6: Henry Mayo Newhall arrives in California.
  • September 9: California admitted to the Union as the thirty-first state.
1851
  • March 22: Newhall lawman Ed Pardee born in Meadville, Penn.
  • May 19: Road from Mission San Fernando to Elizabeth Lake (San Fernando, San Francisquito, Elizabeth Lake roads) declared a public highway.
  • June 8: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham born in Percival Mills, Hardin County, Kentucky.
1852
  • Henry C. Wiley establishes Wiley's Station; partner is Ignacio del Valle.
  • Edward F. Beale appointed superintendent of Indian Affairs, later surveyor-general of California and Nevada.
  • September: Ignacio del Valle files petition for Rancho San Francisco.
  • March 18: Wells, Fargo & Co. founded in San Francisco.
  • May 4: SCV landowner Ygnacio del Valle elected to first of two nonconsecutive 1-year terms on Los Angeles City Council.
  • December 25: Acton gold mine owner and California Governor Henry Tifft Gage born in Geneva, New York.
1853
  • Los Angeles mayor Ignacio del Valle forms the California Rangers, led by Horace Bell, William Jenkins, William Reader and Cyrus Lyon.
  • March 3: Congress authorizes Secretary of War to chart a route for transcontinental railroad, appropriates $150.000.
  • March 3: President Millard Fillmore appoints E.F. Beale Superintendent of Indian Affairs for California and Nevada.
  • May 6: Party of 14, including E.F. Beale, departs from Washington, D.C., to chart a route for transcontinental railroad.
  • Lieutenant R.S. Williamson surveys Santa Clarita Valley during expedition to chart route for transcontinental railroad.
  • August 22: E.F. Beale reaches Los Angeles on mapping expedition.
  • August 24: Rancho San Francisco willed to Ignacio del Valle.
1854
  • Moore's Station established in San Francisquito Canyon.
  • May 31: Congress appropriates another $40,000 for exploration of a route for transcontinental railroad.
  • July: Gold discovered on the Kern River.
  • August 5: Congress appropriates another $150,000 to complete exploration and reports on route for transcontinental railroad.
  • August 10: Fort Tejon established atop Grapevine Pass.
  • December 5: Gen. Phineas Banning drives first stagecoach through thirty-foot-deep cut at Fremont's Pass.
1855
  • California Rangers disband.
  • General Andres Pico begins harvesting asphaltum from Pico Canyon.
  • January 2: American Land Commission confirms 48,612-acre Rancho San Francisco to Jacoba Feliz, widow of Antonio del Valle.
  • June 3: Supply (a ship) leaves New York harbor bound for Tunis to acquire animals for the United States Camel Corps.
  • August 8: Surveyor-General Edward F. Beale acquires Rancho La Liebre, then Castaic, Los Alamos, Agua Caliente and El Tejon.
  • September 11: St. Francis Dam builder William Mulholland born in Belfast, Ireland.
  • September 24: Sanford and Cyrus Lyon purchase Wiley's Station.
1856
  • May 7: SCV landowner Ygnacio del Valle elected to second of two nonconsecutive 1-year terms on Los Angeles City Council; resigned December 15.
  • May 13: Colonel David D. Porter arrives in Texas with camels bound for Fort Tejon.
1857
  • January 9, 8:13 a.m.: Major earthquake decimates Fort Tejon.
1858
  • January 27: Then-Colonel Edward F. Beale drives camels through Los Angeles.
  • July 31: L.A. Star reports progress on cut through Newhall Pass, but government funding is insufficient.
  • October 7: Butterfield Overland Stage rides into Los Angeles.
  • October 8: Butterfield Overland Stage rides through Fremont's Pass and San Francisquito Canyon.
1859
  • June 25: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez escapes from prison while serving sentence for grand larceny in L.A. County; recaptured in August and sent to San Quentin.
  • August 16: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez returns to San Quentin to serve one-year sentence for grand larceny in Amador County.
  • August 27: Oil industry born in Titusville, Pennsylvania.
  • December 2: Early Newhall resident Leonardo Cesena born in Spain or Italy.
1860
  • April 7: Los Angeles Star (newspaper) reports string of Army wagons from Fort Tejon traversing Newhall Pass.
  • May 24: Colonel Thomas F. Mitchell arrives in Soledad Canyon.
1861
  • May 7: Andres Pico and partners granted state franchise to build toll road and cut 50-foot-deep cleft through (Newhall) Pass; they failed; Beale later succeeded.
  • June 7: Army officer in San Francisco informs Fort Tejon's commanding officer that the fort, est. 1854, is to close and its garrison transfered to Los Angeles.
  • October 9: Pioneer Acton rancher & stonecutter George Blum born in Switzerland.
  • U.S. Army Camel Corps discontinued.
  • Ignacio del Valle takes up permanent residence at Rancho Camulos, expands hacienda.
  • James O'Reilly starts mining in Soledad Canyon.
1861-1865
  • Civil War
1862
  • January 18: Torrential rainfall washes out cement-walled road through Newhall Pass (future Beale's Cut).
  • February 18: South side of cement-walled road through Newhall Pass (future Beale's Cut) repaired after torrential rainfall.
  • February 24: North side of cement-walled road through Newhall Pass (future Beale's Cut) repaired after torrential rainfall.
  • April 21: C.H. Brinley assigns management of his Soledad Canyon copper mining claim to prominent L.A. entrepreneur Abel Stearns.
  • Three-year drought begins, ruining cattle industry.
1862-1864
  • General Andres Pico improves road through (Newhall) Pass.
1863
  • April 26: Explosion of Phineas Banning's boat in San Pedro harbor, killing Banning's brother-in-law W.T.B. Sanford, who had helped dig first cut through Newhall Pass in 1850s.
  • August 30: State Sen. James Russell Vineyard, one of trio (w/ A. Pico) hired to cut road through (Newhall) pass, dies in Los Angeles without doing it.
  • September 19: Gen. Edward F. Beale loans $2,000 to A.A. Hudson and Oliver P. Robbins to erect toll house in Newhall Pass.
  • December 23: Beale having completed his initial construction contract, Board of Superivsors orders him to keep cutting down the Newhall Pass road to a 20 percent grade.
1864
  • Private James Gorman establishes community of Gorman.
  • Benjamin Silliman publishes "Rivers of Oil".
  • January 11: Henry Mayo Newhall completes rail line between San Francisco and San Jose.
  • March 5: Enrique R. Ruiz born; Died with wife and children in St. Francis Dam disaster.
  • March 5: Los Angeles Star reports that the Board of Supervisors has accepted Gen. Beale's cut through Newhall Pass as finished.
  • July 24: Walker/Reynier family patriarch Jean Joseph Reynier, then 15, arrives in Sand Canyon from France; eventually homesteads 1,200 acres.
  • September 11: Fort Tejon abandoned.
  • December 6: Actor William S. Hart born in Newburgh, New York.
1865
  • March 18: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Thomas R. Bard, agent for Thomas A. Scott's Philadelphia and California Petroleum Company.
  • April 29: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Robert H. Gratz.
  • May 22: Discoverer Ramon Perea and partner sell Pico Canyon oil claim to Edward Beale & Robert Baker for $300.
  • June 24: San Fernando Petroleum Mining District formed by Edward F. Beale, Andres Pico, Vincent Gelcich and others, who then form the first Star Oil Company.
  • August 7: Beale, Pico & partners buy up old oil claims in Pico Canyon.
1867
  • January 18: Tiburcio Vasquez begins serving 4-year prison sentence for grand larceny in Sonoma County.
  • July 4: Stephen T. Mather, founder of National Park Service who made fortune at Sterling Borax Works in SCV's Tick Canyon, born in San Francisco.
  • September 4: Harald Sandberg born in Norway; built Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route.
1868
  • June 12: Ravenna post office established in Soledad Canyon.
1869
  • January 8: Sanford Lyon, Henry Wiley and William Jenkins begin drilling the first oil well in Pico Canyon.
  • April 30: Rancho San Francisco deeded to Philadelphia & California Petroleum Co.
  • September 15: '49er patriarch J.B. Arcan of Bennett-Arcan party dies at Santa Cruz, Calif., age 56.
1870
  • February 15: Toll road through Soledad Canyon becomes public highway.
  • March 31: George Gleason, Henry Colson, George J. Clarke apply for patent on gold lode in Soledad Canyon.
  • June 14: Tiburcio Vasquez released from prison in Sonoma County.
1871
  • Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez establishes hideout at Vasquez Rocks.
  • Spring: John Lang arrives in Soledad Canyon.
  • August 12: Elizabeth Lake School District established.
1872
  • September 16: Sulphur Springs School District established by Mitchells and Langs.
1873
  • July 7: John Lang kills a record 2,350-pound grizzly bear in Soledad Canyon.
  • August 13: Vasquez gang pulls deadly Tres Pinos raid; hides out at Elizabeth Lake & Littlerock area.
  • October 15: Soledad Judicial District formed; J.H. Turner elected Justice of the Peace.
  • October 20: Santa Barbara lawyers Charles Fernald and Jarrett ("J.T.") Richards purchase Rancho San Francisco for $33,000 (75 cents an acre) in a sheriff's sale.
  • November: Oil driller Charles Alexander Mentry arrives in San Francisco.
  • November 12: Vasquez gang raids Kingston in Fresno County; hides out at Elizabeth Lake.
1874
  • April 8: (Unsuccessful) oil refining operation established at Lyon's Station; predecessor to Pioneer Oil Refinery on Pine Street.
  • April 15: Tiburcio Vasquez gang pulls off Repetto Ranch raid.
  • April 20: First train out of L.A. to reach new town of San Fernando; Newhall 2 years later.
  • May 11: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez pens love poem to "La Señorita E.G."
  • May 14: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez captured in Hollywood Hills.
1875
  • January 5: Tiburcio Vasquez murder trial opens in San Jose.
  • January 10: Jury finds Tiburcio Vasquez guilty of murder, recommends death.
  • January 15: Henry Mayo Newhall purchases Rancho San Francisco in a sheriff's sale.
  • February 20: H.M. Newhall's deed to the Rancho San Francisco recorded in Book 36, Page 102 of Deeds.
  • March 19, 1:35 p.m.: Outlaw Tiburcio Vasquez hanged in San Jose.
  • March 22: Construction begins on San Fernando Railroad Tunnel.
  • May 8: John F. Powell, an Irish immigrant, becomes Justice of the Peace.
  • August 14: Charles Alexander Mentry begins drilling for oil in Pico Canyon.
  • August 15: Birth of matriarch Rosaria P. Ruiz; killed in St. Francis Dam disaster.
  • September 6: John W. Mitchell born to Canyon Country pioneers Thomas & Martha Mitchell; buried in Mitchell Cemetery.
  • November 25: Outlaw Cleovaro Chavez killed by bounty hunters in Arizona Territory.
1876
  • January 26: L.A. Evening Express reports that Pico Canyon oil is "unsurpassed in quality."
  • February 14: Gen. Andres Pico dies at his home at 203 Main St., Los Angeles.
  • July 8: Demetrius G. Scofield forms California Star Oil Works, hires driller Charles Alexander Mentry.
  • July 14: Construction completed on 6,940-foot long San Fernando Tunnel (depending on the source; otherwise in August).
  • July 27: Chas. Crocker announces completion of Tunnel No. 19 in Soledad Canyon at 223 feet — last tunnel to complete rail line from L.A. to S.F.
  • August 1: Pioneer Oil Refinery established at Andrew's Station.
  • August 12: First train through San Fernando Tunnel into Newhall.
  • September 5: Southern Pacific president Charles Crocker drives "golden spike" at Lang Station, linking Los Angeles with San Francisco.
  • September 6: Newhall Train Station opens at Bouquet Junction (moves in 1878).
  • September 26: Pico (CSO) Number 4 erupts, becomes first commercially productive oil well in the American West.
  • October 13: Town of Newhall founded at Bouquet Junction.
  • October 18: Southern Pacific begins subdividing town of Newhall.
1877
  • January 16: Newhall post office established at original town site; George Campton, postmaster.
  • May 10: Newhall School District formed, upon petition of J.F. Powell and 47 others.
  • June 26: Noted San Francisco photographer Carleton Watkins photographs Pico Canyon oil works.
1878
  • Newhall school children taught in a bunk house on the Lyon Ranch.
  • John Howe appointed first constable of the Soledad Judicial District (followed by Joseph Leighton).
  • William W. Jenkins settles at the Lazy Z Ranch in Castaic, initiates range war.
  • February: Henry M. Newhall starts construction on the Southern Hotel at Market Street and Railroad Avenue.
  • January 15: Downtown Newhall begins move from Bouquet Junction to current location.
  • January 16: Actor and Saugus rancher Harry Carey (Sr.) born in The Bronx.
  • February 16: Downtown Newhall completes move from Bouquet Junction to current location.
  • August 24: Post office established at Lake Hughes.
1879
  • April 17: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham marries Lillie Florence Taylor in Kansas.
  • August 19: Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry born in Missouri.
  • September 10: Demetrius G. Scofield incorporates Pacific Coast Oil Company, forerunner of Standard Oil Company of California.
  • September 17: Newhall School erected.
  • November 8: King Baggot, director of William S. Hart film, "Tumbleweeds" (1925), born in St. Louis, Mo.
1880
  • January 6: Actor Tom Mix born in Mix Run, Penn.
  • January 29: Comedian W.C. Fields born in Pennsylvania; lived briefly in Newhall.
  • February 24: Prolific early Placerita Canyon film director J.P. McGowan born in Australia.
  • March 21: First Western film star, Gilbert A. "Broncho Billy" Anderson, born in Little Rock, Ark.
  • March 30: Ignacio del Valle dies.
  • April 19: "Pico Oil Spring Mine Section Two" patented by Robert F. Baker and E.F. Beale.
1881
  • "Little White School" erected in Acton.
1882
  • Pacific Coast Oil Company builds warehouse and office north of the Newhall Train Station.
  • January 23: Helen Hunt Jackson arrives at Rancho Camulos, interviews Blanca Yndart for "Ramona."
  • March 13: Henry Mayo Newhall dies in the city of San Francisco following a riding accident at Rancho San Francisco (SCV).
  • November 30: (Pre-)Newhall pioneer Sanford Lyon dies.
1883
  • June 1: Heirs of Henry Mayo Newhall incorporate The Newhall Land and Farming Company.
  • July 5: Margaret Jane (White) Newhall, widow of H.M. Newhall, deeds Rancho San Francisco (SCV) to The Newhall Land and Farming Co.
  • September 12: One worker killed, 4 injured while erecting 20,000-bbl oil storage tank at Mentryville in Pico Canyon.
1884
  • May 2: Brothers McCoy and Everette Pyle discover Tataviam Indian artifacts in Bowers Cave.
  • July 13: Hardison & Stewart (who later formed Union Oil Co.) start drilling Star No. 1 oil well in Pico Canyon.
1885
  • October: Felton School District established in Mentryville.
  • October 11: Birth of Hortense Reynier, future bride of Placerita Canyon pioneer Frank Walker.
  • November 13: Second-generation San Francisquito Canyon resident Louis Raggio born in Saugus.
1886
  • Sulphur Springs School erected.
  • February 12: Placerita Canyon pioneer landowner Frank Walker born in Springfield, Ill.
  • March 23: Film director Robert N. Bradbury born in Walla Walla, Wash.
  • April 27: Legend is born: Article published in San Francisco Chronicle points out connection between Rancho Camulos and H.H. Jackson novel "Ramona."
  • May 30: Farmer Joe Gottardi born in Italy; lost wife and five children in 1928 St. Francis Dam Disaster.
  • August 28: Peter Mentre, 77, father of Pico oil driller C.A. Mentry, disappears, never to be seen again — until his bones turn up 12 years later.
1887
  • September 1: Town of Saugus founded; Saugus Train Station dedicated.
  • September 1: Castaic Train Station dedicated.
  • October 11: R.E. Nickel, "Father of Acton," arrives from Kansas.
  • November 22: Vaudevillian Charles Mack born in Kansas; lived in Newhall.
  • December 3: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham and others purchase Lyons's Station & surroundings; establish St. John Subdivision as a "dry" colony.
1888
  • Pioneer Oil Refinery closed.
  • January 24: Acton post office established; R.E. Nickel, postmaster.
  • April 28: First meeting of Union Religious & Moral Society of Acton, predecessor of Acton Community Presbyterian Church.
  • June 17: Reverend F.W. Pattee forms the Acton Community (Presbyterian) Church; services in the Little White School.
  • August 5: Bibles donated for new Sunday school held in Acton's first schoolhouse.
  • August 14: SP Lang Station Burns Down.
  • August 15: New organ played by minister's wife (Mrs. Pattee) and school teacher Mattie Adams in Acton's first schoolhouse/church.
  • October 7: First sermon from Rev. John Robbins at Acton Community Presbyterian Church; served until 1916.
  • October 23: Southern Hotel in Newhall burns to the ground.
1889
  • March 25: Castaic School District established.
1890
  • Newhall School burns to the ground for the first time.
  • Soledad School erected in Acton.
  • Wallace Hardison and Lyman Stewart found Union Oil Company in Santa Paula.
  • March 10: Castaic landowner William Chormicle hunted down and arrested for double murder.
  • March 11: Castaic landowner William Chormicle brought to L.A. to stand trial for double murder.
  • March 28: Jury selection starts in murder trial of W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner.
  • June 17: Eighteen-day murder trial of W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner ends in acquittal.
  • June 18: Second, untried murder charge against W.C. Chormicle and W.A. Gardner is dismissed.
  • July 13: Gen. John C. Fremont dies in New York City.
  • November 24: Harriet Melrose Farmer murdered in Mint Canyon.
  • November 26: Gov. Robert W. Waterman offers $300 reward for capture of suspect in Hattie Farmer's murder.
  • December 5: San Francisquito Canyon ranch granted to Frank LeBrun.
1891
  • April 22: '49er patriarch Asahel Bennett of Bennett-Arcan party dies in Idaho Falls, Idaho, probably 84.
  • April 25: President Benjamin Harrison stops at the Saugus Train Station, dines inside at Tolfree's Saugus Eating House.
  • May 31: Reverend F.D. Seward forms the First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
  • July 15: R.E. Nickel first publishes The Acton Rooster newspaper.
  • August 5: Post office established at Saugus depot; renamed Surrey in 1906.
  • August 22: Future First Lady Lou Henry (Hoover) poses for photograph at R.E. Nickel's Acton store.
  • November 2: R.E. Nickel founds Acton Water Works.
  • November 6: Movie producer Trem Carr born in Trenton, Ill.
  • December 12: Actor Buck Jones, a Placerita Canyon and Vasquez Rocks "regular," born in Vincennes, Ind.
1892
  • April 8: Actress Mary Pickford born in Toronto; starred in "Ramona" (1910), shot at Rancho Camulos.
  • August 6: Western actor and Saugus rodeo owner Hoot Gibson born in Nebraska.
  • September 2: Placerita movie ranch owner E.R. "Ernie" Hickson born in Ohio.
  • October 27: Birth of Robert E. Callahan, owner of Mission Village in L.A. and Old West Trading Post on Sierra Highway.
  • December 8: Trick roper Sam J. Garrett born in Oklahoma; established Circle G Ranch in Sand Canyon in 1940s.
  • December 20: Benjamin Harrison establishes 555,520-acre San Gabriel Timberland Reserve (Angeles National Forest). First forest reserve in California, second in U.S.
1893
  • Constable Ed Pardee purchases Good Templars Lodge, moves it to Walnut and Market streets.
  • April 4: Major earthquake centered in Pico Canyon.
  • April 22: Surveyor Edward F. Beale dies in Washington, D.C.
1894
  • February 1: Film director John Ford born in Maine.
  • July 15: Actor & police officer Thornton Edwards, hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, born in Maine.
  • September 15: Post office established at Castaic Junction; abandoned in August 1895. (See 1917.)
1895
  • June 10: Academy Award winner Hattie McDaniel (Mammy, "Gone with the Wind") born in Wichita, Kans.; entertained in Val Verde.
  • July 21: Western actor Ken Maynard born in Indiana.
  • October 4: Actor Buster Keaton born (as Joseph Frank Keaton VI) in Kansas.
  • November 9: Controversial lawmaker/developer/racetrack owner/water purveyor William G. "Bill" Bonelli born in Kingman, Ariz.
  • November 29: Stuntman & SCV resident Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt born in Colfax, Wash.
1896
  • January 31: Actress Olive Fuller (Golden) Carey, wife of Harry Carey Sr., born in New York City.
  • February 26: Enid Markey, Hart's occasional leading lady, born in Dillon, Colo.
1897
  • February 12: Hart leading lady Vola Vale ("The Silent Man," "Wolves of the Rail," "White Oak") born in Rochester, N.Y.
1898
  • Spanish-American War.
  • Construction of the "Big House" in Mentryville completed - maybe. Maybe 1889.
  • May 10: Flossie A. Melrose becomes postmistress at Acton.
  • July 23: Placerita oil field (Confusion Hill) con man Milfred R. Yant born in Alger, Ohio.
  • October 22: Birth of Mary S. Ruiz, eldest child of Enrique & Rosaria Ruiz of San Francisquito Canyon; all died in 1928 dam disaster.
1899
  • January 4: Acton gold mine owner Henry Tifft Gage sworn in as California's 20th governor.
  • January 18: Martin and Richard Wood purchase Tolfree's Eating House and change its name to the Saugus Cafe.
  • November 9: Actress Winifred Westover born in San Francisco; estranged wife of William S. Hart & mother of his son.
1900
  • January 8: Lifelong SCV resident Harry S. Chacanaca born.
  • June 30: Oil man Darius Towsley dies.
  • July 1: Frew blacksmith shop established on Spruce Street (present-day Main Street); took over existing building from prior owner.
  • July 12: The Pacific Telephone and Telegraph Co. establishes the Newhall telephone exchange. SCV gets its first telephone. The second was installed in 1911.
  • August 25: New Century Well No. 1 gushes white oil in Placerita Canyon (second productive white oil well).
  • October 4: Pioneer oil driller Charles Alexander Mentry succumbs to typhoid fever at California Hospital in Los Angeles.
  • December 13: Automobile Club of Southern California founded.
1901
  • December 5: Movie producer Walt Disney born in Chicago.
1902
  • December 16: Beale's camel driver, Hi Jolly, dies at Quartzsite, Ariz.
1903
  • January 20: Crown Valley Feud ends as Acton's William Broome is shot down by W.H. "Rosy" Melrose.
  • February 5: '49er diarist William Lewis Manly dies in San Jose.
  • May 4: President Theodore Roosevelt stops at the Saugus Train Station, Saugus Cafe and Acton Hotel.
  • July 17: Crown Valley Feud: Jury exonerates W.H. "Rosy" Melrose in Jan. 20 death of William Broome.
  • August 9: Western actor Tom Tyler born (as Vincent Markowski) in Port Henry, N.Y.
  • August 23: Actor and Sand Canyon resort owner Horace Truman "Ace" Cain born in Chicksaw Nation, Olka.
1904
  • August 21: Bandleader Count Basie born in New Jersey; performs "April in Paris" in Acton/Agua Dulce desert in Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles."
  • September 1: Western actor Johnny Mack Brown born in Alabama.
  • September 5: St. Francis Dam builder William Mulholland and Fred Eaton dine at Saugus Cafe.
1905
  • Saugus Cafe moves out of the Saugus Train Station and across the street.
  • February 27: "Ramona" play first performed (at Mason Opera House, Los Angeles); original version runs 5 hours.
  • May 31: Native American Lydia Victoria (Cooke) Manriquez born in Castaic.
  • August 10: Death of Canyon Country matriarch Martha Taylor Mitchell.
  • December 22: County buys property to build Newhall Jail (now next to city's Old Town Newhall Library).
1906
  • January 31: L.A. County records deed to property it swaps with station agent James Gifford to build (Old) Newhall Jail.
  • February 20: L.A. County accepts Mr. H.C. Register's bid to build (Old) Newhall Jail for $2,237.
  • April 25: Bercaw General Store opens in Surrey (Saugus).
  • April 26: Bobby Batugo, World Champion Mixologist in the 1970s, born in The Philippines.
  • May 7: James Bernard "Bud" Keysor, founder of Keysor-Century Records, born in Salt Lake City.
  • June 11: Congress passes Forest Homestead Act, allowing homesteading on farmable forest lands.
  • October 4: Standard Oil Company of California formed, Demetrius G. Scofield, president.
1907
  • K-8 Saugus School erected.
  • January 23: Western actor Bob Steele born (as Robert Adrian Bradbury) in Portland, Ore.
  • May 26: Western actor John Wayne born (as Marion Robert Morrison) in Winterset, Iowa.
  • September 20: Construction starts in San Francisquito Canyon on south end of Elizabeth Tunnel section of L.A. Aqueduct.
  • September 29: Actor and movie ranch owner Gene Autry born in Texas.
  • November 1: Construction starts on north end of Elizabeth Tunnel section of L.A. Aqueduct.
1908
  • February 17: Sterling Borax Co. incorporates in Las Vegas, issues $2 million in capital stock; mines borates in Tick Canyon.
1909
  • January 4: Deputy Constable Charles A. De Moranville shot to death after responding to a Newhall bar fight.
1910
  • Horseshoe Ranch house built (later owned by William S. Hart).
  • April 1-2: D.W. Griffith shoots film "Ramona" with Mary Pickford at Rancho Camulos.
  • May 23: D.W. Griffith film "Ramona" released; shot at Rancho Camulos.
  • June 10: Trick roper Montie Montana of Agua Dulce born (as Owen Harlan Mickel) in Wolf Point, Mont.
  • July 16: Lifelong Newhall resident and community volunteer Gladys Laney born to local movers & shakers Bert and Armantha Thibeadaux.
1912
  • February 12: Birth of Piru museum owner Harry Hazzard Lechler.
1913
  • November 5: Grand opening of Mulholland's L.A. Aqueduct as the first water arrives from Owens Valley.
1914
  • Newhall School burns to the ground for the second time.
  • Albert Swall establishes the Swall Hotel on Spruce Street; other businesses follow his lead.
  • January 21: Newhall lawman Ed Pardee dies at 62.
  • January 21: Signal newspaper owner Scott Newhall born in San Francisco.
  • July 5: Rev. Wolcott H. Evans named pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
  • September 13: Early Pico Canyon oil financier & school namesake Charles N. Felton dies in Menlo Park.
1915
  • January 2: Stephen T. Mather, who made fortune at Sterling Borax Works in SCV's Tick Canyon, named assistant to U.S. Interior Secretary; starts National Park Service.
  • January 17: First Catholic parish mission church dedicated in Newhall.
  • January 25: Early Pico oilman & San Francisquito vintner Ramon Perea dies.
  • April 21: Actor Anthony Quinn born in Chihuahua, Mexico; starred in "Man from Del Rio" shot at Melody Ranch.
  • June 15: Construction begins on the Ridge Route.
  • July 1: Town of Castaic founded.
  • October 12: Name of Surrey post office changed to "Saugus".
  • October 17: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Disciple."
1916
  • Lawman William W. Jenkins shot (but not killed) in a fight with Billy Rose.
  • March 1: Newhall County Library established inside Robert F. and Christine Woodard's ice cream parlor; Christine Woodard, custodian (librarian), salary: $5 per year. Library later moves to Hardison and Stewart building, then the Swall Hotel.
  • March 5: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "Hell's Hinges."
  • May 6: Val Verde leader Miriam Canty born in Georgia.
  • June 14: Jesse Doty buys White Star Garage; later renames it Doty's Garage and becomes Newhall's first Ford dealer.
  • August 29: Actor George Montgomery, 1991 Newhall Walk of Western Stars honoree, born in Montana.
  • October 15: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Return of Draw Egan."
  • November 26: A score of Wobblies bust up Newhall Jail after commandeering SP freight train.
1917
  • March 1: Country music producer Cliffie Stone born in Stockton.
  • April 3: Castaic post office established inside Sam Parson's general store.
  • August 23: Future Western recording artist & Newhall resident Tex Williams born in Illinois.
  • August 27: U.S. release of John Ford film "Straight Shooting," partially shot in SCV.
  • December 30: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Narrow Trail."
1918
  • February 1: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "Blue Blazes Rawden."
  • April 1: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Tiger Man."
  • September 19: County supervisor Warren Dorn born in Pasadena.
1919
  • February 7: Edward H. Brown first publishes the weekly Newhall Signal newspaper, $2 a year.
  • March 18: Swall Hotel in Newhall burns down.
  • July 7: Mike Shuman, Placerita Junior High School principal, born in Fitchburg, Mass.
  • August 16: Vasquez Rocks homestead deeded to Henry Krieg.
1920
  • April 15: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Toll Gate."
  • May 11: Actor Denver Pyle born in Colorado; played Uncle Jesse on "The Dukes of Hazzard," shot in SCV.
  • May 12: Judge John F. Powell fines actor Tom Mix $50 for reckless driving in Newhall.
  • August 17: Actress Maureen O'Hara born in Ireland; 1961 "Parent Trap" partially shot at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch.
  • September 1: Movie stuntman Richard Farnsworth, 2000 Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee, born in Los Angeles.
  • September 19: U.S. release of William S. Hart film, "The Cradle of Courage."
  • December 31: Singer-actor Rex Allen, Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee (1982), born in Arizona.
1921
  • January 15: Construction starts on Lebec Hotel.
  • February 5: William S. Hart purchases the Horseshoe Ranch in Newhall from Babcock Smith.
  • April 15: Hollywood stuntman Jack Williams, of Agua Dulce, born in Butte, Montana.
  • May 16: Western character actor Harry Carey Jr. (aka Dobe) born at his parents' ranch in Saugus.
  • June 30: Juan José Fustero dies at Rancho Camulos.
  • August 16: Lyman Curtis and Lillian Dorset marry in Bakersfield and live below St. Francis Dam; Lyman and daughters Marjorie and Mazie die dam disaster.
  • December 7: William S. Hart marries actress Winifred Westover.
1922
  • March 24: Wyatt Earp's wife thanks William S. Hart for defending her husband's honor.
  • May 10: The date William S. Hart considered his formal separation from Winifred Westover.
  • September 6: William S. Hart Jr. born to actors William S. Hart and Winifred Westover (Hart).
  • November 5: U.S. release of Fox film, "Tom Mix in Arabia," shot in Newhall.
1923
  • Newhall County Library moves into its own small building.
  • January 8: Port C. Miller becomes Justice of the Peace.
  • February 12: Onetime Benny Goodman pianist & Pulitzer prize-winning composer Mel Powell, founding dean of CalArts Music School, born in New York.
  • February 21: Newhall Chamber of Commerce Organized. Albert Swall elected president.
  • February 26: U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "The Pilgrim," partially shot in SCV.
  • March 25: U.S. release of John Ford film "Three Jumps Ahead," shot in SCV.
  • March 28: Lawman Jack Pilcher and rodeo owner Bob Anderson added to Newhall Chamber of Commerce board.
  • March 30: Newhall Chamber of Commerce forms committees to attract new residents and pursue sidewalks for the boulevard.
  • April 25: Newhall Chamber of Commerce votes to ask So. Cal. Edison to provide electricity to Happy Valley.
  • May 9: Newhall Chamber board appoints J.R. Moore to allocate and maintain the town's fire extinguishers.
  • May 26: Actor James Arness ("Gunsmoke") born in Minneapolis.
  • June 1: Construction begins on new First Presbyterian Church in Newhall.
  • June 5: Valencia resident & Western leading lady Peggy Stewart born in Palm Beach, Fla.
  • July 2: Realtor-engineer-pilot Harry Bell, 2011 SCV Man of the Year, born in Freeland, Saginaw County, Mich.
  • July 11: Newhall property owners start circulating petition calling on county to make street improvements.
  • September 22: Newhall Chamber of Commerce organizes community cleanup day.
  • October 10: Newhall merchants debate taxing themselves for county to pave Spruce (Main) Street; state does it three years later.
  • October 31: Newhall Chamber of Commerce petitions state to pave Spruce Street (now Main); it happens three years later.
  • November 16: Ella Carey (aka Cappy) born to actors Harry and Olive Carey at their ranch in Saugus. Younger sister to Harry Carey Jr.
1924
  • January 16: Actress Katy Jurado born in Guadalajara, Mexico; starred in films shot at Melody Ranch.
  • March 31: Death of Rev. John Robbins, preacher at Acton Community Presbyterian Church from 1888-1916.
  • June 4: Actor Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke, Duel) born in Joplin, Missouri.
  • August 28: U.S. premiere of John Ford film "The Iron Horse," partially shot in SCV.
  • August 28: Ex-Governor and Acton gold mine owner Henry Tifft Gage dies.
  • August 10: Reginaldo del Valle sells Rancho Camulos.
  • September 14: Saugus Deputy Constable Ed Brown Killed in Shootout with Gus Le Brun.
  • November 12: Baby Nicolene born to 1922-39 Mentryville residents Milford & Mary Cheney.
1925
  • March 9: A.B. Perkins becomes Justice of the Peace.
  • March 11: U.S. release of Buster Keaton film, "Seven Chances," partially shot in SCV.
  • June 14: Rebuilt First Presbyterian Church dedicated in Newhall.
  • June 18: Newhall lawman Jack Pilcher buried; funeral expenses paid by local Ku Klux Klan.
  • July 3: Wyatt Earp implores William S. Hart to portray him in a movie, to correct the "lies about me." Hart never did.
  • July 16: Actor Harry Carey files patent on the original 160-acre homestead he'd purchased in 1916.
  • December 17: Jenks Harris robs Piru bank of $11,000.
  • December 20: New York premiere of William S. Hart's final film, "Tumbleweeds."
  • December 27: Full U.S. release of William S. Hart's final film, "Tumbleweeds."
  • December 29: Retired Judge John F. Powell dies at home in Newhall.
1926
  • March 1: The first Owens Valley water arrives at the St. Francis Dam.
  • April 18: Release of Pathe's "The Seventh Bandit" starring Saugus resident Harry Carey. Lost film.
  • May 4: Construction of St. Francis Dam completed.
  • June 1: Dr. Peters opens offices which become the Newhall Community Hospital.
  • June 28: Film director Mel Brooks born in Brooklyn; shot "Blazing Saddles" at Vasquez Rocks and "Robin Hood: Men In Tights" in Sand Canyon.
  • July 12: Hart tells L.A. architect Arthur Kelly he is "contemplating building a Spanish style home" in Newhall.
  • July 26: Backwoods Inn restaurant owner Bob Ohler born in Lincoln, Neb.
  • August 26: Sheriff's Substation No. 6 dedicated in Newhall.
  • October 17: Newhall saloonkeeper Nick Rivera murdered; buried in Ruiz Cemetery.
  • December 27: Actor-Director-Producer Jerome Courtland born in Knoxville, Tenn.; lived in SCV; co-produced Disney's 1977 made-in-SCV "Pete's Dragon."
1927
  • Actor William S. Hart occupies his new Spanish-style mansion, La Loma de los Vientos, at the Horseshoe Ranch in Newhall.
  • February 11: Actress Winifred Westover obtains divorce from William S. Hart on grounds of desertion.
  • March 17: Newhall telephone exchange, est. 1900, now serves 100 phones.
  • May 1: First major competition at new Baker Ranch Rodeo (later Saugus Speedway). Overflow crowd more than fills 18,000-seat arena.
  • May 1: Ed Toney born in Los Angeles; oversaw Valencia's initial layout and entitlements for Newhall Land.
  • June 1: C.A. Mentry successor Walton Young retires from job as Standard Oil superintendent at Pico.
1928
  • Newhall School moves from Newhall Avenue and Lyons to Eleventh and Walnut Streets.
  • January 30: Early Newhall resident Leonardo Cesena dies; broke horses for Newhall Land.
  • March 12, 11:57 p.m.: St. Francis Dam breaks, killing more than 450 in California's second-worst recorded disaster.
  • March 15: William Mulholland and Harvey Van Norman inspect St. Francis Dam failure.
  • March 24: Almer and George Newhall file report on damage to Newhall Land & Farming Co. property in the St. Francis Dam flood.
  • March 29: Little dam victim (Trexler boy), supposedly unidentified & buried at Ruiz cemetery, actually identified and buried in Chatsworth.
  • May 20: United Artists release of Edwin Carewe film version of "Ramona" starring Dolores Del Rio.
  • July 1: L.A. City settles first death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
  • July 18: L.A. City makes first payment on death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
  • September 13: Caterer Eugene Burke, bank co-founder and local philanthropist, born in Amarillo, Texas (d. 2003).
  • September 14: Phebe Lemon and Parker Shelby marry in Oklahoma; both become charter members of SCV Historical Society (est. 1975).
1929
  • January 7: Lawman Wyatt Earp pens last letter to friend William S. Hart; Earp dies 6 days later.
  • March 13: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr. born in Toomsboro, Georgia.
  • July 15: Citizens' Restoration Committee issues report on death & disability claim arising from St. Francis Dam disaster.
  • November 10: Great Saugus Train Robbery by "Buffalo" Tom Vernon.
  • November 18: Aviator and state Senator William J. "Pete" Knight born in Noblesville, Ind.
  • December 1: Saugus train robber "Buffalo" Tom Vernon apprehended in Pawnee, Okla.
  • December 18: "Buffalo" Tom Vernon sentenced to life in prison for Saugus train derailment & robbery.
1930
  • The refinery on Pine Street, used from 1876-88, is restored by Standard Oil Co. and rechristened the "Pioneer Oil Refinery."
  • Roy Baker sells his rodeo arena in Saugus to actor Hoot Gibson; it would later become the Saugus Speedway.
  • January 19: Actress and animal rights activist Tippi Hedren born in Minnesota.
  • February 8: U.S. release of Hoot Gibson film, "The Mounted Stranger."
  • March 9: Oak of the Golden Dream in Placerita Canyon dedicated.
  • June 1: The A.B. Perkins and J.D. O'Brien families sell Newhall Water System to newly formed Newhall Water Co.
1931
  • January 13: Stock car driver Ron Hornaday Sr. born in San Fernando; raced at Saugus Speedway.
  • July 21: Baby Pauline born to 1922-39 Mentryville residents Milford & Mary Cheney.
  • November 23: Fall Roundup held at Hoot Gibson's Saugus Rodeo.
1932
  • Felton School District in Mentryville disbanded.
  • May 30: Rotarian & community volunteer Jack Boyer born in Boise, Idaho.
  • July 4: First annual Fourth of July Parade in Newhall.
  • July 21: SCV Historical Society leader Laura Mehterian born in Chicago.
  • July 31: Death of pioneer Acton rancher & stonecutter George Blum.
  • September 2: Actor Harry Carey's wood-framed house at Saugus ranch (now Tesoro del Valle) burns down when engine of water pump explodes.
  • October 14: National Forest Inn on the Ridge Route burns down (possibly October 20).
  • October 29: Highway 99 completed through Weldon Canyon, bypassing Ridge Route.
1933
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power completes the Bouquet Reservoir, replacing the St. Francis Dam.
  • April 25: Louis Brathwaite, Santa Clarita city formation leader and inaugural planning commissioner, born in New York City.
  • August 27: Atholl McBean elected president of The Newhall Land and Farming Company.
  • November 20: Scott Newhall and Ruth Waldo marry in Reno; later own The Signal newspaper.
1934
  • January 11: Vaudeville actor & Newhall resident Charles Mack dies in Arizona car crash.
  • May 10: U.S. release of Robert N. Bradbury film "Blue Steel," shot in SCV.
  • September 27: Newhall Walk of Stars inductee Wilford Brimley born in Salt Lake City.
  • December 5: American Legion Post 507 (Newhall American Legion) chartered.
  • December 20: Rev. Wolcott H. Evans, retired pastor of Newhall's First Presbyterian Church, dies in Vista, Calif.
1935
  • April 1: Love triangle ends when deputy's wife, Gladys Carter, fatally shoots Frances Walker of the Placerita Walkers.
  • April 13: Gladys Carter convicted of manslaughter in fatal shooting of Frances Walker.
  • July 22: St. Francis Dam builder William Mulholland dies in Los Angeles.
  • September 27: Release of RKO's "Powdersmoke Range," shot in Newhall, starring Harry Carey, Tom Tyler, Bob Steele, Hoot Gibson, Guinn "Big Boy" Williams.
  • November 14: Voters approve $22,000 construction bond to build a bigger Saugus School. (WPA kicked in another $17,181.)
1936
  • February 5: New York premiere of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV.
  • February 19: Ida Evans, widow of Newhall First Presbyterian Rev. Wolcott Evans, dies at 71 in Vista, Calif.
  • February 25: Full U.S. release of Charles Chaplin film "Modern Times," partially shot in SCV.
  • February 21: Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham dies in Newhall.
  • April 15: William S. Hart testifies in a New York courtroom in his "Tumbleweeds" lawsuit against United Artists.
  • December 14: Baby John born to Milford & Mary Cheney; probably last child born in Mentryville.
  • December 23: Oil first struck on Newhall Land's SCV property.
  • December 27: Passenger plane crash in Rice Canyon kills all 12 aboard (3 crew, 9 passengers).
1937
  • January 12: Boeing 247 crashes at Santa Clara Divide; 2 dead, 11 injured.
  • May 24: Death of Vasquez Rocks homesteader Henry Krieg.
  • July 16: SCV historian Jerry Reynolds born in Torrance.
1938
  • February 6: Fritz, William S. Hart's pinto gelding, dies at 30.
  • March 2: Great Flood of 1938 causes massive destruction across the greater Los Angeles region.
  • March 19: NFL-CFL quarterback Joe Kapp born in Santa Fe, New Mexico; graduated from Hart High.
  • April 5: Proper gravestone placed under Lebec Oak at Tejon for Peter LaBeck (killed a century earlier, 10-17-1837).
  • April 15: Birth of Skip Newhall, eldest son of Ruth & Scott Newhall (and gr-gr-grandson of Henry M. Newhall).
  • July 28: Newhall Tunnel cut away, replaced by Sierra Highway.
  • September 9: Buck McKeon, Santa Clarita's first mayor, born in Tujunga/Los Angeles.
  • October 9: Dedication of Calif. Historical Landmark No. 263 (Don Pedro Fages) in Lebec.
  • December 5: Supervisors award construction contract for jail at Wayside Farms in Castaic (later called Pitchess Detention Center).
1939
  • Auto racing starts at Bonelli Stadium in Saugus (later Saugus Speedway).
  • February 14: Newhall School burns to the ground for the third time.
  • February 15: Los Angeles premiere of John Ford's "Stagecoach"; approx. 7 seconds shot in SCV.
  • March 2: Full U.S. release of John Ford's "Stagecoach"; approx. 7 seconds shot in SCV.
  • July 9: Death of Harald Sandberg; built Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route.
  • August 12: Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich born in Los Angeles.
  • October 15: Second, Larger OLPH Catholic Church dedicated on site of first (10th & Walnut, Newhall).
1940
  • Santa Clarita Valley's population reaches 4,000.
  • April 23: William S. Hart swears out complaint against Newhall man, 20, who took pothots at his Great Dane, Prince.
  • May 10: K-8 Newhall School reopens after burning down 15 months earlier.
  • October 12: Actor Tom Mix dies at 60 in Arizona car crash.
  • November 7: William S. Hart deeds land for theater at Spruce & 11th Street to American Legion.
1941
  • March 18: Birth of twin gr-gr-grandsons of H.M. Newhall: Tony (Signal publisher), Jon (editor).
  • May 23: SCV's first real movie house, the American Theater, dedicated in Newhall.
  • June 21: Ernie Hickson buys out Trem Carr's interest in their Monogram movie ranch, renames it "Placeritos" (later called Melody).
  • September 16: Newhall School Auditorium dedicated.
  • November 27: Death of "our" Remi Nadeau, whose Canyon Country deer park became North Oaks.
1942
  • November 28: Actor & SCV regular Buck Jones dies in Boston's Cocoanut Grove nightclub fire.
1943
  • January 7: Actor William S. Hart announces intent to bequeath Newhall estate to the public.
  • January 31: 3 Army aviators killed in crash of plane and glider in Castaic area; 3 others saved by 9-year-old Marylynn Winkler.
  • June 30: Army Air Force pilot Loncie L. Tucker, on training run, dies when his P-38 fighter crashes at Wayside Honor Rancho (later Pichess Detention Center) in Castaic.
  • October 1: Actor William S. Hart's sister and co-habitant in Newhall, Mary Ellen Hart, dies.
1944
  • April 29: U.S. release of "Outlaw Trail" starring Hoot Gibson & Bob Steele; filmed at Monogram (Melody) Ranch.
  • August 12: Newhall Refinery on Sierra Highway destroyed by fire. (It was rebuilt.)
1945
  • January 13: State approves petition of Newhall, Saugus, Castaic, Mint Canyon and Sulphur Springs school districts to form Santa Clarita Union High School District, renamed for William S. Hart the following year.
  • January 29: Local residents vote 1,184-7 to create Santa Clarita Union High School District, later named William S. Hart.
  • March 9: Voters elect first 5-member governing board of the Santa Clarita Union High School District, renamed for Hart the following year.
  • April 18: Actors Harry & Olive Carey sell Saugus ranch (deed recorded this date to John F. & Irene T. Blanchard); now Tesoro del Valle.
  • April 28-29: William S. Hart leads Newhall Posse in Bonelli Ranch Rodeo; actor Harry Carey Sr. is grand marshal.
  • June 2: Local residents vote 432-2 to pass $300,000 bond measure to build Santa Clarita High School, ultimately named for William S. Hart.
  • September 9: Bonelli Stadium (Saugus Speedway) holds first postwar auto race on the West Coast; Billy Vukovich wins.
  • October 2: Cattle-rustling "Phantom of Vasquez Rocks" captured.
  • October 19, shortly after 9 p.m.: Acton Hotel burns to the ground.
1946
  • May 20: Cher, great-granddaughter of Placerita Canyon homesteader Frank Walker, born in El Centro, Calif.
  • June 19: Community leader Bobbie (Nash) Trueblood arrives in Newhall.
  • June 5: 81-year-old William S. Hart hospitalized; dies 2 1/2 weeks later.
  • June 23, 11:20PM: William S. Hart, 81, dies at L.A.'s California Lutheran Hospital, leaving his Newhall home and 80-acre estate to the County of Los Angeles.
  • June 26: Open-casket service for William S. Hart at his Newhall home; Rudy Vallee sings "The Last Round-up."
  • July 10: Fred Trueblood Jr., later Signal editor, marries British war bride Bobbie Nash (Trueblood).
  • August 18: Movie producer Trem Carr dies in San Diego.
  • September 8: William S. Hart High School dedicated.
  • December 18: Producer-Director Steven Spielberg born in Cincinnati; made first feature film ("Duel") & parts of many others in SCV.
  • December 25: Comedian W.C. Fields dies in Pasadena; lived briefly in Newhall.
1947
  • Bill Bonelli's "Rancho Santa Clarita" in Saugus is SCV's first modern, postwar tract housing, and first official use of the "Santa Clarita" name.
  • August 16: Newhall Hardware opens on Spruce Street.
  • September 21: Actor and Saugus rancher Harry Carey (Sr.) dies.
1948
  • June 2: Laura Madeline Wagnon & Catherine McCaleb purchase Harry Carey Ranch from John & Irene Blanchard; sell it in 1950s to Cloughertys.
  • September 23: Agua Dulce Women's Club organized.
  • October 25: Valencia developer Thomas E. Dierckman, 2012 SCV Man of Year, born in Indiana.
1949
  • January 10: Snow day in SCV.
  • February 17: Short-lived oil drilling operation on Newhall's Arcadia Street ends.
  • June 22: Actress Lindsay Wagner born in L.A.; "Bionic Woman" filmed at COC & other SCV locations.
  • November 24: Film director Robert N. Bradbury dies.
1950
  • February 27: Ex-Mrs. William S. Hart appears in court to challenge will that leaves Hart Park & Mansion to L.A. County.
  • November 28: CalArts grad (BFA Theater '75) Ed Harris ("A Beautiful Mind," "Apollo 13," "The Abyss") born in New Jersey.
1951
  • July 24: Actress Lynda Carter born in Phoenix; "Wonder Woman" sometimes filmed in SCV.
1952
  • Two oil wells come in on the same day at the Jenkins' Lazy Z Ranch in Castaic, making national headlines.
  • From Ernie Hickson'w widow, actor Gene Autry buys Western movie town in Placerita Canyon, renames it "Melody Ranch."
  • January 22: Placerita movie ranch owner E.R. "Ernie" Hickson dies in Los Angeles.
  • March 26: Prolific early Placerita Canyon film director J.P. McGowan dies in Hollywood at 72.
  • July 21: 7.5-magnitude Kern County earthquake devastates Tehachapi; damage spread from San Diego to Las Vegas.
  • August 27: Actor & CalArts grad Paul Reubens (Pee Wee Herman) born in New York.
  • September 12: Henry Mayo Newhall Auditorium at Hart High opens.
  • November 30: CalArts grad Henry Selick (MFA Film/Video '77), director of "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "James and the Giant Peach," born in New Jersey.
1953
  • January 13: Voters approve formation of Newhall County Water District (347 yes, 167 no).
  • February 6: Newly public Newhall County Water District holds first board meeting.
  • May 1: Adrian Adams, later municipal court judge, opens law practice in Newhall with attorney James Lowder.
  • May 29: Musician & CalArts student Danny Elfman born in Los Angeles.
  • June 6: Petroleum Production Pioneers recognize importance of Pico Canyon's CSO No. 4 oil well in plaque ceremony.
  • August 4: Voters approve first issuance of Newhall County Water District bonds i/a/o $425,000 (465 yes, 45 no).
1954
  • March 20: Author Louis Sachar born in New York; 1998 book "Holes" made into 2003 film shot at Melody & Golden Oak ranches.
  • April 15: Frank Sinatra, Sterling Hayden on streets of Newhall for filming of "Suddenly."
  • May 3: Western actor Tom Tyler dies at 50 in Michigan.
  • August: County of Los Angeles changes "Spruce Street" (Newhall's main street) to "San Fernando Road."
  • October 7: New York release of "Suddenly" starring Frank Sinatra; shot in Newhall and Saugus.
  • October 24: U.S. Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Sherman Oaks) born in Monterey Park; represents southeastern sliver of SCV.
1955
  • February 18: Actor and nightclub owner Ace Cain incorporates the Rocky Springs Country Club in Sand Canyon.
  • May 16: Actress Debra Winger born in Ohio; worked as Magic Mountain troll in 1972.
  • September 10: U.S. release of "Gunsmoke" TV series, initially shot at Melody Ranch.
  • September 30: Actor James Dean, 24, drives through Castaic Junction en route to his final resting place.
1956
  • February 24: Baseball Hall of Famer Eddie Murray born in Los Angeles; later SCV resident & car dealer.
1957
  • Manmade Piru lake and dam are completed.
  • January 12: Animator-Director John Lasseter born in Hollywood; 1979 CalArts grad is chief creative officer at Pixar & Walt Disney Animation Studios; principal creative advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.
  • June 15: Lang Station dedicated as State Historic Landmark No. 590.
  • November 18: Newhall County Library dedicated on Ninth Street.
1958
  • June 20: NASCAR driver Ron Hornaday Jr. born in Palmdale; raced at Saugus Speedway.
  • August 25: Producer-director & CalArts grad Tim Burton born in Burbank.
1959
  • April 14: Earle L. Vanasen, first president of Newhall County Water District (1953-1959), retires from water board.
1960
  • November 8: California voters narrowly approve the Burns-Porter Act, which authorized the State Water Project.
1961
  • April 29: Sandberg's Summit Hotel on the Ridge Route burns down.
  • August 13: First Mass celebrated at new Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church (3rd building) in Newhall. Cardinal McIntyre attends.
  • August 21: CalArts grad (MFA '91) and marine biologist Stephen Hillenburg, creator of Spongebob SquarePants, born in Olkahoma; developed prototype for Spongebob while a student in 1989. Estimated net worth: $90 million (2012).
1962
  • January 13: Death of Joe Gottardi, who lost wife and five children in 1928 dam disaster; buried in Piru.
  • April 16: Buffalo herd arrives at William S. Hart Park — donated by Walt Disney from Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
  • April 24: SCV residents vote to connect to State Water Project, creating Upper Santa Clara Valley Water Agency (renamed Castaic Lake Water Agency).
  • August 23: Western actor and Saugus rodeo owner Hoot Gibson dies in Woodland Hills.
  • August 28: Gene Autry's Melody Ranch burns to the ground as fire consumes most of the hills surrounding the Santa Clarita Valley.
  • September 18: Articles of incorporation filed for Golden State Hospital on Lyons Avenue.
  • December 4: Actress and future Soledad Canyon big-cat rescuer Tippi Hedren, "Hitchcock's New Grace Kelly," makes cover of Look magazine for upcoming thriller, "The Birds."
1963
  • Sunday Swap Meet starts at Saugus Speedway.
  • March 28: New York premiere of Hitchcock's "The Birds"; stars later SCV resident Tippi Hedren.
  • May 2: Fred Trueblood II sells The Newhall Signal newspaper to printer Ray Brooks.
  • August 1: Leona Cox Community School breaks ground in Canyon Country.
  • August 10: Death of Newhall civic leader Charles Henry Kingsburry.
  • November 1: Community of Canyon Country founded; first Frontier Days celebration.
1964
  • January 9: Signal newspaper owner Scott Newhall introduces the screaming eagle masthead with the motto, "Vigiliance Forever."
  • February 29: Lifelong SCV resident Harry S. Chacanaca dies; buried at Ruiz Cemetery.
  • June 16: Aerial photos shot of Disney's proposed location for CalArts — just east of Hollywood Bowl.
  • July 22: U.S. release of Hitchcock's "Marnie" starring SCV's Tippi Hedren.
  • August 27: Promotional film, "The CalArts Story," debuts at Hollywood premiere of "Mary Poppins."
  • September 27: Actress Tippi Hedren, 28, marries business manager Noel Marshall, 35; couple later moves to Africa USA (Shambala) in Soledad Canyon.
  • December 30: United Air Lines Convair 340 forced down in Saugus when both engines fail; 47 aboard, none injured.
1965
  • August 10: Plaza Theatre (movie theater) opens on Lyons Avenue, Newhall.
  • October 1: Santa Clarita National Bank opens.
  • December 5: Scott Newhall publishes first Sunday edition of The Newhall Signal newspaper; previously Thursdays only.
1966
  • February 1: Actor Buster Keaton dies at 70 in Los Angeles.
  • May 25: Mustang Drive-In theater opens on Soledad Canyon Road.
  • November 13: Pico No. 4 oil well listed as a National Historic Landmark.
  • December 15: Movie producer Walt Disney dies in Burbank.
1967
  • January 19: Original air date of "Star Trek" Episode 19: Arena; Kirk battles the Gorn commander (Saugus resident Bobby Clark) at Vasquez Rocks.
  • July 17: Frenchy Lagasse family moves into the Pico Cottage (aka Big House) at Mentryville.
  • August 20: Community of Valencia dedicated by The Newhall Land & Farming Co.; tract homes sell for $25,000.
  • October 3: Air Force test pilot William J. "Pete" Knight achieves Mach 6.7 (4,520 mph) in X-15 rocket plane to set world speed record (still stands); later served as SCV's state assemblyman and senator.
  • November 21: Local voters approve formation of community college and elect COC's first five-member board (Dr. William G. Bonelli Jr., Bruce Fortine, Sheila Dyer, Peter Huntsinger, Edward Muhl).
1968
  • June 5: Sirhan Sirhan fatally shoots Robert F. Kennedy in Los Angeles; SCV resident Elizabeth Evans is grazed by a bullet.
  • September 3: Canyon High School opens.
  • November 13: Following health department inspection, Lebec Hotel closes permanently.
  • December 3: Newhall Land board of directors votes to take the company public.
1969
  • May 3: Groundbreaking of California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia.
  • September 22: College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary Hart High School location.
  • November 17: Construction begins on Magic Mountain amusement park.
  • December 19: SCV resident Kristy Swanson, original Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992), born in Mission Viejo.
1970
  • January 7: COC's first winter quarter starts in temporary Hart High School location.
  • January 27: Gov. Ronald Reagan appoints Adrian Adams judge of Newhall Municipal Court.
  • February 11: Groundbreaking of County Civic Center in Valencia.
  • April 5: The Newhall Incident: Slaying of four California Highway Patrol officers — Walter Frago, Roger Gore, James Pence and George Alleyn — in the J's Coffee Shop parking lot at today's Magic Mountain Parkway and The Old Road.
  • April 8: COC's first spring quarter starts in temporary Hart High School location.
  • June 5: Dedication of memorial wall at Newhall CHP station for officers slain in the Newhall Incident.
  • June 26: Sixteen graduate in COC's first commencement ceremony, in Hart High cafeteria.
  • September 15: SCV voters recall two Hart School Board members who won't let students circulate anti-Vietnam War petition.
  • September 25: Lagasses help save Mentryville buildings as Newhall and Malibu brush fires erupt & join into worst fire in SoCal history. Twelve fires over 10 days in Southland burn 525,000 acres, kill 13 and destroy approx. 1,500 structures.
  • October 5: College of the Canyons' first on-campus classes held in tilt-up buildings located just south of modern-day Cougar Stadium.
  • October 13: Unarmored threespine stickleback (a fish) listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
  • October 17: Hart leading lady Vola Vale ("The Silent Man," "Wolves of the Rail," "White Oak") dies in Hawthorne, Calif.
  • December 19: Snow day in SCV.
1971
  • Southern Pacific Railroad tears down Lang Station.
  • California Institute of the Arts is incorporated by Walt Disney; school moves to Valencia.
  • February 9, 5:59 a.m.: 6.5 magnitude Sylmar earthquake (actually centered in Iron Canyon section of Sand Canyon).
  • March 13: Brick front of Newhall Pharmacy (ex-Swall Hotel at Market & Spruce/Main), damaged in Feb. 9 quake, collapses.
  • March 25: Members of the separate Piru and Fillmore Citrus Associations vote to merge into the Fillmore-Piru Citrus Association.
  • April 27: Tejon Ranch Co. torches the Lebec Hotel.
  • May 12: Actor Tor Johnson ("Plan 9 From Outer Space") dies in San Fernando; buried at Eternal Valley Cemetery in Newhall.
  • May 27: Magic Mountain community preview night.
  • May 29: Magic Mountain opens to public.
  • September 2: Sonny & Cher open at Magic Mountain's 7-Up Showcase Theatre.
  • November 10: Dedication of Nature Study Center (aka Placerita Canyon Nature Center) at Placerita Canyon State & County Park.
  • November 13: Debut of Steven Spielberg's made-for-TV movie "Duel," shot on Sierra Highway.
1972
  • January 17: Edison cottages (at Edison curve) sold to The Newhall Land and Farming Co.
  • February 22: Dr. William Bonelli, COC's first board president, dies at 49.
  • June 3: Castaic Lake opens for recreational use.
  • June 22: Vasquez Rocks added to National Register of Historic Places.
  • October 2: Name "Santa Clarita Valley" becomes official.
  • December 2: Five wounded in Vagos biker gang shooting at Curtis & JoAnne Darcy's Acton '49er Saloon.
1973
  • March 23: Western actor Ken Maynard dies penniless at the Motion Picture Home in Woodland Hills.
  • April 30: Watergate figure H.R. "Bob" Haldeman, a CalArts board member, resigns from Nixon White House.
  • May 18: Actor and Sand Canyon resort owner Ace Cain dies at 69 in Saugus.
  • August 31: Film director John Ford dies in Palm Desert.
1974
  • January 3-4: Snow day in SCV.
  • February 7: U.S. release of Mel Brooks' "Blazing Saddles"; exteriors shot at Vasquez Rocks.
  • April 15: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr. crashes car on Highway 14; dies 2 weeks later.
  • April 22: Gov. Ronald Reagan speaks at dedication of COC's first permanent building (William G. Bonelli Instructional Resource Center).
  • April 27: Val Verde Rev. Samuel P. Dixon Jr., 45, dies from injuries sustained in car wreck 2 weeks earlier on Highway 14.
  • June 30: Sheriff's substation at Pyramid Lake opens; dedicated by Gov. Ronald Reagan.
  • August 24: Pyramid Lake opens.
  • September 21: COC's new Cougar Stadium opens for first game of football season (Harbor beat COC 26-21).
  • November 14: Western actor Johnny Mack Brown dies in Woodland Hills.
1975
  • January 1: Watergate figure H.R. Haldeman, a CalArts board member, convicted of conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
  • March 4: Sir Charles Chaplin is knighted at Buckingham Palace; made films in SCV.
  • August 3: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital opens with 100 beds.
  • September 6: Saugus High School opens.
  • December 11: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society incorporated as a 501c3 nonprofit.
1976
  • March 7: Groundbreaking for new First Presbyterian Church in Newhall (former structure heavily damaged in 1971 earthquake).
  • September 5: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society marks "golden spike" centennial with State Landmark dedication at Lang Station.
  • November 2: First Canyon County formation attempt fails despite local voter approval.
  • November 6: Acton Turkey War with AM radio jock Dick Whittington ends in a draw.
1977
  • February 6: New First Presbyterian Church dedicated in Newhall.
  • September 26: Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and Newhall Woman's Club dedicate Mentryville and Pico (CSO) Number 4 as State Landmarks.
1978
  • January 14: Banker Sara Faye Wood installed as first female president of Newhall-Saugus-Valencia (later SCV) Chamber of Commerce.
  • March 19: Gorman Deputy Arthur E. Pelino murdered by deranged suspect; assailant got 2½ years.
  • May 18: KISS concert scene for "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," shot in Magic Mountain parking lot.
  • May 21: St. Francis Dam site becomes a State Landmark.
  • May 27: Last day of filming for "KISS Meets the Phantom of the Park," shot at Magic Mountain.
  • June 29: Colossus roller coaster opens at Magic Mountain.
  • October 28: "Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park," filmed at Magic Mountain, premieres as NBC Movie of the Week.
  • November 7: Second Canyon County formation attempt fails despite local voter approval.
  • November 15: Southern Pacific Saugus depot closes; later moved & used as SCV Historical Society museum.
1979
  • May 29: Actress Mary Pickford dies at 87 in Santa Monica; starred in "Ramona" (1910), shot at Rancho Camulos.
  • June 11: Western actor John Wayne dies at 72 in Los Angeles.
  • July 16: Publication of Ron Pinkerton's "St. Francis Dam Disaster" poem.
1980
  • June 24: Saugus Train Station relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • October 14: Rookie Bob Walk, 1974 Hart High Grad, is starting/winning pitcher as Phillies beat Royals 7-6 in Game 1 of World Series. Phillies win series in 6 games.
1981
  • January 10: Death of Robert E. Callahan, owner of Mission Village in L.A. and Old West Trading Post on Sierra Highway.
  • November 15: Enid Markey, Hart's occasional leading lady, dies at Bay Shore, Long Island.
  • December 12: Restored Saugus Train Station dedicated.
1982
  • April 22: Gene Autry's Mogul 1629 steam locomotive relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • July 23: Vic Morrow and two child actors killed in helicopter crash at Indian Dunes during filming of "Twilight Zone: The Movie."
  • August 28: Tex Ritter inducted into Newhall's Walk of Western Stars.
1983
  • February 22: Armed robber taken out at Alpha Beta supermarket.
  • July 29: U.S. release of "National Lampoon's Vacation," Walley World scenes shot at Magic Mountain.
  • December 9: U.S. release of John Carpenter's "Christine"; blew up fake gas station in Valencia.
1984
  • October 30: NTSB report revises probable cause of 1982 "Twilight Zone" deaths after director John Landis appeals.
1985
  • October 11: Western recording artist & Newhall resident Tex Williams ("Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! That Cigarette") dies of cancer.
  • November 18: SCV resident & Olympic gold medalist Allyson Michelle Felix (track & field) born in Los Angeles.
1986
  • April 23: COC board votes to allow Argentine cliff swallows to nest forever on sides of buildings.
  • May 2: Least Bell's Vireo (a bird) listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
  • May 24: Stuntman & SCV resident Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt dies at 90 in North Hollywood.
  • July 2: Actress Lindsay Lohan born in New York City; Disney's "The Parent Trap" (1998) and "Herbie: Fully Loaded" (2005) partially shot in SCV.
  • August 14: Mitchell adobe demolished; components salvaged and later restored at Heritage Junction.
1987
  • February 27: Fifty-seven men and 6 women graduate from first L.A. County Sheriff's Academy class at COC.
  • April 11: Ramona Chapel and Red Schoolhouse relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • May 29: Director John Landis acquitted of charges stemming from accidental death of Vic Morrow and two child actors during filming at Indian Dunes of "Twilight Zone: The Movie."
  • July 17: Kingsburry House relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • September 28: Slender-horned Spineflower listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
  • November 3: City of Santa Clarita formation approved at the polls; Buck McKeon, Jan Heidt, Jo Anne Darcy, Carl Boyer III, Dennis Koontz win first City Council election (in that order).
  • December 15: City of Santa Clarita incorporated.
1988
  • Community of Stevenson Ranch established.
  • February 1: Actor & police officer Thornton Edwards, hero of the St. Francis Dam Disaster, dies in Tulare, Calif.
  • March 13: Actress Olive Carey, wife of Harry Carey Sr., dies at 92 in Carpinteria.
  • March 15: City of Santa Clarita Planning Commission holds first meeting.
  • September 11: Scott and Ruth Newhall publish first edition of "Santa Clarita Valley Citizen" newspaper.
  • December 30: Release of Pixar's animated short, "Tin Toy," by John Lasseter (CalArts 1979); wins Academy Award.
1989
  • January 18: Edison House relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • January 27: Santa Clarita post office established.
  • March 27: Actor Jack Starrett dies at 52 in Sherman Oaks; appeared in SCV-made films (eg., Blazing Saddles) & TV shows (A Team).
  • May 3: The "Santa Clarita Valley Citizen" folds.
  • November 5: Mitchell Schoolhouse Adobe dedicated at Heritage Junction.
  • December 15: Newhall Refinery on Sierra Highway permanently closed.
1990
  • January 26: L.A. Philharmonic premieres "Duplicates"; concerto by CalArts Music School dean Mel Powell wins Pulitzer Prize.
  • February 8: Rock 'n' Roller Del Shannon (song: "Runaway") commits suicide at home in Santa Clarita.
  • April 10: Jill Klajic, Carl Boyer III, Jo Anne Darcy win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • May 9: Gene Autry's elderly horse, Champion, put to sleep; buried at Melody Ranch.
  • August 14: Newhall Ranch House relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • September: Pico (CSO) Number 4 capped off after 114 years of oil production.
  • November 13: Santa Clarita City Council adopts ordinance regulating size and location of business signs.
  • December 5: Limited U.S. release of "The Grifters," partially shot in SCV.
  • December 20: First of 5 nights of record-breaking freeze; total losses $1 billion (state's 3rd costliest disaster after 1906 San Francisco and 1989 Loma Prieta); Santa Ana winds save most of Fillmore-Piru citrus crop.
1991
  • January 4: Full U.S. release of "The Grifters," partially shot in SCV.
  • June 25: Santa Clarita City Council adopts conservation element of first general plan; includes inventory of local historic resources.
1992
  • February 2: LDS Church splits Santa Clarita Stake to create Valencia Stake, which includes Castaic, Newhall 1st, Newhall 2nd, Saugus 1st, Valencia 1st, Valencia 2nd wards, and Santa Clarita 1st Branch.
  • April 14: Jan Heidt, George Pederson win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • August 4: Pardee House (former Good Templars Lodge) relocated to Heritage Junction.
  • September: Valencia Town Center Mall opens.
  • October 23: Dedication of Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon.
  • October 26: Newspaper editor Scott Newhall (SF Chronicle, Newhall Signal, SCV Citizen) dies at 78 in Valencia hospital.
1993
  • January 20: 1979 Hart High grad Dee Dee Myers becomes Bill Clinton's first White House press secretary; serves until December 22, 1994.
  • February 24: Jury awards Newhall Land $2.3 million for "Valencia" trademark infringment by Palmer apartments in Newhall.
  • March 30: Coastal California Gnatcatcher listed in Federal Register as threatened species.
  • May 17: Dale Poe, 61, developer of Stevenson Ranch, dies in car crash.
  • July 28: U.S. release of Mel Brooks' "Robin Hood: Men in Tights"; shot in Sand Canyon.
1994
  • January 17, 4:31 a.m.: 6.7-magnitude Northridge Earthquake, centered in Canoga Park, kills 53 and causes $11 billion in damage across Southern California. Several homes in SCV are severely damaged and/or destroyed.
  • February 1: Karen and David Nardiello acquire Saugus Cafe.
  • April 12: Jo Anne Darcy, Carl Boyer III, H. Clyde Smyth win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • April 21: Eddie Murray sets MLB record for switch-hit home runs in games (11 times); later co-owner of Valencia Mercedes-Benz dealership.
  • May 4: Actor & SCV resident Alexander Gould ("Finding Nemo," "Weeds") born in Los Angeles.
  • September 9: Valencia High School opens.
  • September 15: Reopening of COC football stadium and track; had been damaged in Jan. 17 earthquake.
  • December 16: Arroyo Southwestern Toad listed in Federal Register as endangered species.
1995
  • April 22: Grand opening of Family Studies & Early Childhood Education Center at COC.
  • June 30: Pico Canyon's last oil field foreman, Frenchy Lagasse, retires & moves to Lebec.
  • July 1: Unification of Santa Clarita Valley and Canyon Country chambers of commerce.
  • July 4: First publication of the "Old Town Newhall Gazette".
  • November 14: COC holds first annual Business & Industry Breakfast (at HR Textron in Valencia).
1996
  • January 3: Harry Carey Ranch Historic District in Saugus added to National Register of Historic Places.
  • February 10: Frenchy Lagasse, Mentryville's last oil field foreman, dies in Arizona.
  • February 26: Historian Jerry Reynolds dies at age 58.
  • February 29: Whittaker Corp. announces it will fund City Council candidates, following council approval of its Porta Bella development (which never happened).
  • April 9: Jill Klajic, Jan Heidt win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • April 23: California Red-legged Frog listed in Federal Register as threatened species.
  • June 11: Santa Clarita City Council approves downtown Newhall revitalization strategy.
  • October 1: World Champion Mixologist Bobby Batugo dies in Los Angeles at age 90.
1997
  • June 22: "Hercules," directed by CalArts grad John Musker, premieres at CalArts; generally released June 27.
  • July 8: Santa Clarita City Council adopts Newhall Redevelopment Plan.
  • September 25: 17.6 miles of the 1915 Ridge Route Highway accepted into National Registry of Historic Places.
  • November 16: "Hercules," directed by CalArts grad John Musker, wins four Annie Awards (animation's top honor).
  • December 23: 5 bodies found during grading of Northlake development in Castaic; determined to be Jenkins family plot.
1998
  • January 17: Country music producer Cliffie Stone dies at home in Saugus.
  • February 13: Disney animator Jules Engel ("Fantasia"), founder in 1970 of experimental-animation program at CalArts, receives lifetime achievement award at Santa Clarita International Film Festival.
  • February 23: Worst day of record-setting 1997-98 El Nino storm season.
  • April 14: Jo Anne Darcy, Frank Ferry, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • May 20: Trick roper Montie Montana, of Agua Dulce, dies in Los Angeles following a stroke.
  • October 2: Actor and movie ranch owner Gene Autry dies in Studio City.
  • October 29: L.A. County Sheriff Sherman Block dies from a cerebral hemorrhage just before the end of his fourth term; too late to remove name from ballot.
1999
  • February 13: Santa Clarita & Antelope valleys split off from 805 area code to become 661.
  • May 1: "Spongebob SquarePants" pilot airs on Nickelodeon; created by CalArts grad Stephen Hillenburg (MFA '91).
  • December 17: Singer-actor Rex Allen, Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee (1982), dies in Tucson, Ariz.
2000
  • March 14: Time capsule buried at Newhall Metrolink station.
  • March 18: Newhall Metrolink station opens.
  • April 10: Longtime Newhall property owner Paul T. Veluzat dies at 101.
  • April 11: Cameron Smyth, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • May 26: James Bernard "Bud" Keysor, founder of Keysor-Century Records, dies at 94 in Newhall.
  • July 22: Larinan House in Pico Canyon burns down.
  • August 13: Mike Shuman, 81, retired Placerita Junior High School principal, dies at home in Saugus.
  • August 27: Contents of Harry Lechler's Piru museum, est. 1943, sold at auction.
  • October 6: Dr. Robert C. Rockwell, COC's first superintendent-president, dies at 87.
  • October 6: Movie stuntman Richard Farnsworth, 2000 Newhall Walk of Western Stars inductee, dies in New Mexico.
2001
  • February 15: Death of Val Verde leader Miriam Canty, 84.
  • February 28: Longtime Castaic Lake Water Agency general manager Robert Sagehorn retires.
  • May 5: Rancho Camulos dedicated as National Historic Landmark.
  • May 22: Santa Clarita City Council exempts historic signs from sign ordinance.
  • July 20: Assemblyman George Runner introduces legislation to memorialize the historic Ridge Route. (Enacted October 4.)
  • August 23: State designates San Fernando Valley Spineflower (present in SCV) an endangered species.
  • November 9: Local historian and community activist Laura Mehterian, who moved to San Francisquito Canyon in 1955, dies at 62 in Payson, Ariz.
  • November 13: Original Santa Clarita planning commissioner Louis Brathwaite, former Hart School Board member, dies at 68.
  • December 9: Newly restored Ramona Chapel dedicated at Heritage Junction/Hart Park.
2002
  • February 20: L.A. County honors local historian Philip Scorza for publication of 2 SCV history books.
  • February 23: Internationally acclaimed fashion designer Sue Wong previews her "Nocturne" line at COC's Art Gallery.
  • April 9: Frank Ferry, Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • April 29: LASD Deputy David March, a Canyon High School graduate and Saugus resident, murdered by illegal immigrant during traffic stop.
  • June 5: Construction equipment at Tesoro del Valle sparks brush fire that ravages San Francisquito Canyon.
  • June 20: "Legacy: Santa Clarita's Living History" series debuts on SCVTV.
  • July 26: Hollywood premiere of Disney's "The Country Bears," filmed at Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
  • November 1: Environmental educator John Quigley climbs into "Old Glory" oak tree in Pico Canyon to save it; stays 71 days.
2003
  • January 30: Actress & big cat rescuer Tippi Hedren of Acton inducted into Hollywood Walk of Fame.
  • February 25: Lydia Victoria (Cooke) Manriquez, elder of the San Fernando Band of Mission Indians, dies at 97; lifelong SCV resident.
  • March 16: Life-size sculpture honoring heroes of St. Francis Dam disaster unveiled in Santa Paula.
  • June 30: Westwood premiere of "Terminator 3," partially shot in SCV.
  • October 28: Mentryville buildings saved as Simi Valley fire roars through Pico Canyon.
  • November 15: CalArts' REDCAT (Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater) opens in Los Angeles.
  • November 19: U.S. Rep. Howard "Buck" McKeon introduces initial legislation to block 78-million-ton gravel mine in Soledad Canyon.
  • November 24: Ruth Newhall, former co-owner of The Signal (with husband Scott), dies in Berkeley, Calif.
  • December 10: Saugus plastics manufacturer Keysor-Century Corp. files liquidation plan with bankruptcy court after ceasing operations in the wake of a federal investigation.
2004
  • January 3, 8:35 p.m. PST: NASA's Spirit rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Wayne Lee of Stevenson Ranch handles entry, descent and landing; Jennifer Trosper of Canyon Country is mission manager/surface operations.
  • January 24, 9:05 p.m. PST: NASA's Opportunity rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Wayne Lee of Stevenson Ranch handles entry, descent and landing.
  • January 27, 4 p.m. PST: Sale of The Newhall Land and Farming Co. to NWHL Inc., a joint venture of Lennar Corp. and LNR Properties Corp., is completed.
  • April 1: Last day in Sacramento for Sen. Pete Knight; tapes SCVTV "Newsmaker" show on way home; dies from leukemia 1 month later.
  • April 13: Cameron Smyth, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • May 7: Senator/Aviator Pete Knight, world speed record holder, dies in office at 74 from acute myelogenous leukemia.
2005
  • January 14: Repertory East Playhouse opens with "The Prisoner of Second Avenue." New theatre company replaces former Santa Clarita Repertory Theatre.
  • January 16: Death of Piru museum owner Harry Hazzard Lechler at age 92.
  • June 13: Tokyo premiere of Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," partially shot at Mystery Mesa in Saugus.
  • June 14: Santa Clarita City Council approves Newhall Land's Riverpark/River Village development.
  • June 23: New York premiere of Steven Spielberg's "War of the Worlds," partially shot at Mystery Mesa in Saugus.
  • November 3: County dedicates portion of Harry Carey Ranch as Tesoro Adobe Historic Park.
2006
  • January 10: County supervisor Warren Dorn dies in San Luis Obispo.
  • January 21, 10 a.m.: "Permanent" Newhall Community Center opens.
  • February 24: Actor Dennis Weaver (Gunsmoke, Duel) dies at 81 in Ridgway, Colo.
  • April 11: Marsha McLean, Frank Ferry, Laurene Weste win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • April 22: Retired LAPD chief and California Sen. Ed Davis, 89, dies of pneumonia.
  • September 4: Labor Day sees two major brush fires — Labor fire & Day fire; the latter burns for a month.
2007
  • February 24: AEG's Amgen Tour of California races to its first Santa Clarita finish line.
  • July: Santa Clarita property owners approve a 30-year Open Space Preservation District. City to use property tax assessment through FY 2036-37 to purchase and preserve raw land outside city's borders.
  • July 11: Moore's submarine sandwich shop, abandoned 2 years earlier, demolished as part of Newhall redevelopment.
  • Summer: City of Santa Clarita reconfigures San Fernando Road in downtown Newhall and changes its name to "Main Street" between Lyons Avenue and 5th Street.
  • October 21-22: "Buckweed" fire, ignited by a 10-year-old boy playing with matches, burns 38,000 acres and destroys 21 homes in Canyon Country and Agua Dulce.
2008
  • January 22: Santa Clarita City Council votes to change the name of San Fernando Road to "Newhall Avenue" between 5th Street and Highway 14.
  • January 25: Newhall Hardware, est. 1947, citing economic problems, announces it will quit as soon as it can liquidate inventory.
  • March 16: Newhall Hardware closes.
  • April 8: Laurie Ender, Bob Kellar win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • May 25: NASA's Phoenix spacecraft lands on Mars; Stevenson Ranch resident Barry Goldstein is project manager.
  • December 21: Stock car driver Ron Hornaday Sr. dies at 77; raced at Saugus Speedway.
2009
  • December 16: CalArts benefactor Roy E. Disney, nephew of Walt, dies at 79 in Newport Beach.
2010
  • April 13: Marsha McLean, Laurene Weste, Frank Ferry win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • April 17: First Day of Issue of USPS commemorative postage stamps honoring William S. Hart, Gene Autry, Roy Rogers and Tom Mix.
2011
  • January 2: Snow day in SCV.
  • June 3: Actor James Arness ("Gunsmoke") dies at 88 in Los Angeles.
  • July 1: Official first day of Santa Clarita Public Library system.
  • November 4: Alan Mootnick, founder of Gibbon Conservation Center in Saugus, dies at 60.
  • December 28: John Ford's 1924 "The Iron Horse," filmed in SCV, added to Library of Congress' National Film Registry.
2012
  • March 1: Newhall Redevelopment Committee formally dissolved, after state outlaws redevelopment agencies.
  • March 1: Actor-Director-Producer Jerome Courtland dies at home in SCV; co-produced Disney's 1977 made-in-SCV "Pete's Dragon."
  • March 10: John Hobbs, 1968 Hart High graduate, inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame.
  • March 20: L.A. County Board of Supervisors approves 50-year operating agreement for Placerita Canyon Natural Area. County had been operating the state-owned park on a month-to-month basis since 1986.
  • April 10: Bob Kellar, TimBen Boydston win Santa Clarita City Council election.
  • July 1: Providence Health & Services acquires Facey Medical Group and Foundation.
  • July 5: 2011 SCV Man of the Year Harry Bell, 89, dies in light plane crash at Rancho Camulos.
  • August 5, 22:39 Pacific: NASA's Curiosoty rover lands on Mars; Richard Cook of Canyon Country is deputy project manager; Jennifer Trosper of Canyon Country is manager of ground operations.
  • August 8: Canyon Country resident Allyson Felix wins gold medal in 200-meter sprint at London Olympics, then adds two more team gold medals (4x100m relay Aug. 10 [WR] & 4x400m relay Aug. 11).
  • September 11: Santa Clarita becomes L.A. County's third-biggest city with the annexation of Fair Oaks Ranch and the Jakes Way area.
  • September 29: Grand opening of Old Town Newhall Library.
  • November 9: Last of the Saugus Speedway grandstands demolished. Removed over time, they'd been deemed unsafe in 1995 when racing was discontinued.
  • November 29: LAFCO approves annexation of 2,475 acres, 9,500 residents of north Saugus into Santa Clarita; city's largest addition to date.
  • December 15: SCV photojournalist Gary Thornhill dies at 74.
  • December 25: U.S. release of Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained," filmed at Melody Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
  • December 28: Actor & Saugus native Harry Carey Jr. dies at 91 in Santa Barbara.
2013
  • February 10: Motion picture helicopter provider David Gibbs of Valencia and two others are killed in crash at Acton movie ranch.
  • February 21: Berry Petroleum Co., owner of the Placerita oil field along Sierra Highway, announces planned takeover by Linn Energy.
  • February 25: COC jazz legend Stewart "Dirk" Fischer dies at 88.
  • April 18: NASA-JPL rover project manager Richard Cook of Canyon Country makes TIME magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
  • June 1: 4-5 homes in Lake Hughes burn down in Powerhouse Fire, which started May 30; ultimately 30 homes are deemed total losses and 28 outbuildings are destroyed.
  • June 18: Saugus Union School Board vacates seat of trustee Stephen S. Winkler, who didn't maintain residency in the district and sparked community outrage with offensive social media posts.
  • July 26: U.S. release of "The Wolverine," directed by 1985 CalArts grad James Mangold.
  • September 26: Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall (80% scale) begins 4-day visit at Westfield Valencia Town Center mall.
  • November 30: Actor Paul Walker ("Fast & Furious" movies) dies in a fiery car crash in the Valenica Industrial Center.
  • December 16: Placerita oil field (Confusion Hill) owner Berry Petroleum Co. merges into Houston-based LINN Energy and affiliate LinnCo.
2014
  • January 7: Embattled 4-term L.A. County Sheriff Lee Baca announces he won't finish out his current term.
  • January 23: Newhall Roundabout (traffic circle) opens in front of Hart Park.
  • January 27: Tresierras Supermarkets closes its Newhall store at 24316 Main St. (originally Safeway and then Dillenbeck). The family-owned Latino grocery chain had operated it since 1981.
  • January 31: Lee Baca's last day as L.A. County Sheriff (leaves at noon); OC Undersheriff John Scott is interim successor.
  • February 27: Arkansas judge awards $525 million to 7 women who'd been molested by Tony Alamo when they were children.
  • March 2: "Frozen," co-directed by Chris Buck (CalArts 1978), wins Oscar and tops $1 billion at box office on same day. First original (non-sequel) animated feature and 18th film of any kind to top $1 billion at box office.
  • March 25: City Council votes to buy Edwards Outdoor Advertising (with intent to remove billboards); also approves MTA plan to remove boards along mid-town rail right-of-way in exchange for 3 new electronic boards along SR-14 and I-5.
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