scvhslogoThe Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society Invites You to Visit Heritage Junction Historic Park Inside William S. Hart Park in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California

Tours Every Sat-Sun 1pm-4pm




Author and Documentary Film Producer: Jon Wilkman

Will give a talk on his new book:

Floodpath: The Deadliest Man Made Disaster of 20th Century America and the Making of Modern Los Angeles

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2 PM

WHERE: Old Town Newhall Library at Lyons Avenue and Main Street


JonWilkmanJon Wilkman, an Emmy-Award winning documentary filmmaker and author of books about Los Angeles, revisits a deluge that claimed nearly 500 lives. Based on nearly 25 years of research and driven by eyewitness accounts, combining urban history and life-and-death drama with a technological detective story, Wilkman’s narrative reads like a thriller, grounded on historical fact. Floodpath will be published by Bloomsbury Press on January 5, 2016.

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Book signing with the author will follow the lecture.

Call the Society at 661-254-1275 for more information.

St Francis Dam Post Collapse 2** ** ST FRANCIS DAM DISASTER ** **
Annual Lecture & Bus Tour to Dam Site

Guest Lecturers and Tour Guides This Year:

Dr. Alan Pollack
President, SCV Historical Society

Dianne Erskine-Hellrigel
Board Director, SCV Historical Society and
Executive Director, Santa Clarita Community Hiking Club

WHEN: Saturday, March 12, 2016 
On the 88th Anniversary of the Dam disaster

WHERE: The tour will begin with a presentation about the disaster at 11 a.m. in the freight room of the Saugus Train Station in Heritage Junction

At noon, ticketed passengers will board a motor coach for a trip up to the dam site in San Francisquito Canyon and a hike to the dam ruins.


Choose Number of Tickets

Tickets are $35 per person for all ages and include lecture, snacks, and bus transportation. $5 discount available to those who sign up as new Historical Society member.

Funds raised will benefit programs of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.

Order online OR: Tickets may be reserved by calling 661-254-1275 with credit card and contact information.

St Francis Dam 3-19-2006_27Tour includes approximately 1 mile walk and steep uphill hike at dam site.

Participants should wear long pants and comfortable hiking shoes. Water will be provided.

Because this tour is a very popular fundraiser, it is impossible to guarantee that seats will be available for purchase on the day of the tour. Order your tickets now!

** THE WINE HEIST **WH2016-Poster_V

A wine tasting event to benefit the SCV Historical Society’s new museum project.

WHEN: Saturday, March 19, 2016, 2pm to 5pm

WHERE: Saugus Train Station

Our current museum housed in the Saugus Train Station will soon be moved to its permanent location inside the Pardee House. All monies raised will benefit this project.

The event is named after a wine heist which allegedly took place at the Saugus Train Station. During Prohibition, wine was being shipped from the San Antonio Winery by rail. With the train stopped at the Saugus Depot and the crew lunching at the Saugus Cafe, a group of locals broke into the wine containing rail car and siphoned off some wine into their containers before heading back to town. At the time, no one was aware of the “Heist,” but decades later, at a BBQ, one of the participants fessed up and told how they had gotten away with the wine.

ADMISSION: $50 per person


Choose Number of Tickets

For more information, call 661-254-1275.

* Must be 21 years or older to attend.





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cowbopUp Next: COW BOP
Western Bebop at its finest!

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Repertory East Playhouse (The REP)
24266 Main St., Newhall Calif.

*Will Call and Doors Open 7:00 p.m.
Concert 8:00 p.m.
General Admission $25.00
SCV Historical Society members $20.00

Hosted by Jim and Bobbi Jean Bell of OutWest and sponsored by SCVTV with continuing support of Repertory East Playhouse, this concert series presents a wide variety of live music featuring top performers of Western, Swing, Americana and Roots music

Call the OutWest ticket hotline to reserve your seats for COW BOP now! This show will sell out! 661.255.7087

Reserved tickets may be picked up in advance at OutWest or at Will Call on the night of the outwestjimbobbiconcert.

This special evening is made possible through the support of SCVTV, WMA California Chapter, Repertory East Playhouse and OutWest Boutique and Cultural Center. Special “thank you” to The Magazine Of Santa Clarita and the city of Santa Clarita for supporting “Thursdays in Newhall.”

outwestconcert012016 CONCERT SERIES SCHEDULE

Fourth Thursdays unless otherwise noted. Light Refreshments may be served. All concerts are $25 with $20 discounted tickets for SCVHS members, with the exception of April 20 – discounted tickets $22.00

Thursday, February 25 – Cow Bop

Thursday, March 24 – Mike Beck

Wednesday, April 20 (3rd Wed – kicks off Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival) – Syd Masters & The Swing Riders

Thursday, May 26 – Jennifer Lind

Thursday, June 23 – Red Hot Rhythm Rustlers

johnbergstromThursday, July 28 – Jerry Hall and Trick Shot

Thursday, August 25 – The Story Masters: Juni Fisher & Joe Herrington

Thursday, September 22 – Eli Barsi

Thursday, October 27 – Kerry Grombacher

Thursday, November 17 (3rd Thursday) – Dennis Jay

Links to more info:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SCVTVOutWest/events

OutWest: http://www.outwestmktg.com/events/live-music.cfm

Upcoming Concert Listings: www.santaclaritaarts.com



Saturday March 5, 2016 – Historical Hike : Ye Olde Alpine Tavern and Mt Lowe Railway
Description:  Once everyone has arrived at Ye Alpine TaveryE Alpine Tavernn ruins, Club Historian, Alan Pollack, from the Santa Clarita Historical Society, will tell us the brief history of the tavern and the Mt. Lowe electric Railroad. The Railroad brought people to the tavern.

The Mt. Lowe Railway operated from 1893-1936. It is on the National Register of Historic Places, as of 1993. The train crossed 18 bridges between Echo Mountain and the Alpine Tavern. The one in front of the tavern was a large “S” shaped bridge. Both end foundations are still visible. The Tavern was built in 1895, destroyed by fire in 1936, and dynamited in 1959 to allow for the construction of the trail camp, as you will see it today.
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Saturday March 26, 2016 – “Figure of 8”: Elsmere Canyon, New Elsmere, the Waterfall, and Beale’s Cut – Hike and History
Beales cutDescription:   This hike can be done in a number of ways but this time we are going to try a new one!
We will go up the center of the canyon and go see the waterfall.   Then it is back on to the main trail and a zig-zag back through the center of Elsmere, past an interesting “peek a boo” rock, Then it is down and across under the 14 Hwy to Beale’s cut where we will meet Alan and learn the history of Beale’s Cut.  Then we will leave Beale’s Cut and head back to the trail where it is up up up into New Elsmere, down to overlook the I-5 and SR-14 interchange, then back to the beautiful higher meadowed regions of New Elsmere, the laneways at the back of New Elsmere, and eventually to Old Elsmere and the parking lot.

Along the way Alan Pollack, from the Santa Clarita Historical Society, will share interesting anecdotes and tales of the area, including the importance of the early Oil industry to area around Elsmere and how Beale’s cut was created and got its name.
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Saturday April 16, 2016 – Historical Hike along The Old Ridge Route – From Sandberg’s Summit Hotel to the Tumble Inn
Ridge RouteDescription:  We will hike from the ruins of Sandberg’s Summit Hotel, to Liebre Summit which is the highest point on the road (4,233ft), then to the Granite Gate, Horseshoe Bend, and finally to Tumble Inn.   At Horseshoe Bend we will try to find the prints (human, animal and vehicle) in the original cement surface. There is also supposed to be a horseshoe embedded somewhere in the cement.
Ridge route 2

Background:  The Ridge Route, officially the Castaic-Tejon Route, was a two-lane highway between Los Angeles and Kern counties, California. Opened in 1915, much of the old road runs through the Angeles National Forest, and passes by many historical landmarks, including the National Forest Inn, Reservoir Summit, Kelly’s Half Way Inn, Tumble Inn, and Sandberg’s Summit Hotel.   Tumble Inn and Sandberg’s Summit Hotel have the only remaining ruins. The other establishments were completely bulldozed over the cliffs by the Forest Service.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the new route was “one of the most remarkable engineering feats accomplished by the State Highway Commission.
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Sunday, May 15, 2016 – HISTORICAL HIKE TO THE ST. FRANCIS DAM DISASTER SITE, followed by an Optional 10 Mile Hike
Description:  At two and a half minutes before midnight, on March 12, 1928, William Mulholland’s St. Francis Dam crumbled, sending an immense wall of water crashing down San Francisquito Canyon, turning west at the Santa Clara River. It did not stop until it reached the Pacific Ocean five and a half hours later. Towns across Los Angeles and Ventura Counties — Saugus, Castaic, Piru, Fillmore, Santa Paula, Saticoy, Montalvo — were decimated.  431 Men, women, children – citizens, immigrants, landowners, laborers lost their lives ….. the floodwaters did not discriminate.

We will begin our day at California Historical Landmark# 919, located on the grounds of Powerhouse No. 2 (photo above), 33967 San Francisquito Canyon Road.
CHC Board Member and President, SCV Historical Society (Dr. Alan Pollack), will share his in-depth knowledge of the circumstances and events surrounding the disaster.

PowerhouseAt Powerhouse# 2  Alan will review the management of LA water supply at that time and the role the St Francis Dam was intended to play.  We will then drive up San Francisquito Canyon Road and park again near the dam before walking to the actual dam site.



At the dam site:  Alan will point out the parts of the dam that are still visible and recount the events of that ill-fated night and the aftermath that met citizens of SCV and beyond, as the sun rose the following morning.  Alan will conclude his talk by ~ 10:30AM and head back to the cars.
Anyone who does not to wish to participate in the 10 mile hike option can leave at this point.

Additional Hike Option:
The remainder of the group will take a loop hike West and then South West on a ridge trail called the old San Francisquito Motorway.   High above San Francisquito Canyon, we will be able to see the dam ruins again and where the original reservoir water level had been above the dam.  We will continue South along the ridge, passing very large rock conglomerate outcroppings, enjoying views of the surrounding areas and the California aqueduct pipes carrying water to the Powerhouse #2 below.  We will return down Forest Route 5N16 to Powerhouse #2, and then along the old washed out San Francisquito Cyn road, by the river, to get back to our cars .
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