ABOUT THE BOOK: Cradled among chaparral-covered canyons an hour north of downtown Los Angeles is a fascinating place called the Santa Clarita Valley. The history of the valley has significantly shaped the cultural development of Southern California for centuries. But while events are often credited with creating its history, the true portrait of the valley is painted using the palette of personalities who left their indelible mark on the landscape. It is these stories of cowboys, Native Americans, outlaws, farmers, shepherds, soldiers, miners, range warriors, ranchers, saloon keepers, stagecoach drivers, railroaders, town drunks, teetotalers, engineers, land speculators, explorers, missionaries, actors, and common folk that make the history of the Santa Clarita Valley so compelling. Legendary Locals of the Santa Clarita Valley is a pictorial journey through time, telling tales of the colorful cast of characters found sprinkled throughout the region’s past, and the legendary locals who still make history today.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS: Alan Pollack, M.D., is the president of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and a frequent writer and lecturer on local history. Kim and E.J. Stephens are local historians who lead Hollywood history tours throughout Southern California. They all proudly reside in the Santa Clarita Valley.