Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
George Campton's General Store
Newhall, California

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Two guys fooling around in front of George Campton's general store, located at the southwest corner of Railroad Avenue and Eighth Streets in Newhall. The man at center-right could be Campton.

Dating this photograph is a challenge, but we'll give it a shot. It's not the 1870s, when Campton erected the building. At that time, his name appeared on a separate board above the facade. He painted his name (and only his name, followed by a stop, or period) on the facade in the 1880s, but he used a different typeface from the one seen here. At some point, probably the 1890s, he added the words, "Established 1876," above his name, and repainted his name in this typeface with the "halo" effect behind the letters, as seen here. The words, "Established 1876," were there when this photograph was shot; they're just out of view. Finally, the overall "feel" of the building is consistent with the way it appeared at the turn of the century when he sold it to Lindenfeld & Landell.

So we're saying 1890s.

AP0909: 19,200 dpi jpeg from copy print | Replaces AP0406.
Newhall 1870s-90s

See Also:
• Railroad Avenue
Biography 1889
Campton Story by Pollack

Newhall ~1879

Store ~1879

Store Explodes 1882

Ver. 3 (1880s) x2

Ver. 4 (1890s)

Billhead 1892

Interior 1908

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