Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Bonelli Ranch, Newhall-Saugus Rodeo Ticket, 1948.
Saugus, California


Ticket to Bonelli Ranch Newhall-Saugus Rodeo in Saugus, Sunday, April 25, 1948.

SCV historian Jerry Reynolds writes:

"Roy Baker purchased a 40-acre tract east of Bouquet Junction during 1923, starting construction on a rodeo arena a year later. Hoot Gibson bought the ranch and stadium in 1930, putting on shows that attracted such stars as Tom Mix, John Wayne and Clark Gable. In 1934 Gibson sold out to Paul Hill, who ran the Western Livestock yards and leased it to film companies for three years until a huge flood filled the home and arena with mud and debris. (Hill) was unable to make payments, and the bank repossessed the property, which was eventually taken over by a professor of economics at Occidental College, William Bonelli (who started the Santa Clarita Water Co. and built one of the first local housing tracts in the late 1940s). Today (the rodeo arena) is known as the Saugus Speedway."


AL1949: 9600 dpi jpeg from 300 dpi jpg of original ticket stub
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