Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Arthur B. Perkins
, Newhall Water Co. | SCV Historian

Born in 1891, Arthur B. "Perk" Perkins came to Newhall in 1919 to manage the fledgling Newhall Water Company, the forerunner of the Newhall County Water District. He became a civic leader, served as justice of the peace (the local judge) in the 1920s, organized Newhall's first Fourth of July Parades, sold real estate and built many homes in the growing community. Upon retirement, Perkins made it his mission to assemble all the historical documents and photographs of the Santa Clarita Valley he could find.

Perkins published a manuscript on the history of the Santa Clarita Valley in 1957. In 1962 he wrote a series of articles for The Signal newspaper, appropriately titled "Story of our Valley." He was consulted on local historical matters until his death in 1977.

It is quite literally the case that without A.B. Perkins, much of the history of the Santa Clarita Valley would have scattered to the winds. Had it not been for A.B. Perkins, this Website would be very sparse indeed.

According to the Newhall County Water District (1999), this photograph probably shows Perkins at Well No. 5, located at Market and Arch streets. The well was abandoned by the water district in 1954 and dismantled.

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Perkins: Story of Our Valley 1954-55

Young Perkins in Nevada


At The Signal ~1960


Newhall Water Co.


Oustanding Citizen 1964


L.A. Times Profile 1977

Historic Photos Resurface 1996


Perkins-Lamkin Images Come Home 2017


Book Collection at COC 2019

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