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Los Angeles Herald | Wednesday, October 30, 1878.
Laborers and carpenters are busily at work on the new hotel and other buildings of the new town of Newhall. We reported previously that the hotel was to be located at the old Andrew's Station, between the track and the oil refinery. We were in error, as we observe now that the location is about three-fourths of a mile north of that, and on the west side of the track. As soon as may be, after the completion of the hotel, the present Newhall depot will be moved up to the new town. It is also in contemplation to construct a new road between Newhall and the Camulos ranch, following the route of the telegraph line, and passing the mouth of the cañon in which the oil wells are located, and within a short distance of them. This route shortens the distance hence to San Buenaventura at least six miles. All these things speak of permanent progress.
The smoke which filled our air so suffocatingly on Monday came from fires that prevailed during that day and the previous night on the San Fernando mountains. The fire originated near Andrew's Station, and passing over the summit, extended more or less into the San Fernando valley. We hear of no damage other than the destruction of feed. Our informant says the sight of the mountains Sabbath evening was magnificently grand; and Moffit, being an artist, ought to know.
1. "Road" meant railroad. The line was never built as described. A "road" was built out of Saugus to Camulos and beyond to San Buenaventura (Ventura) about a decade later, in 1887, but it didn't swing south to the mouth of Pico Canyon.
2. What we call the Newhall Pass.
News story courtesy of Dr. Alan Pollack.