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Blueprint: SPRR Saugus Depot Relocation
Heritage Junction Historic Park
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Plot plan for the 1980 relocation of the Southern Pacific Railroad's Saugus Depot to Heritage Junction Historic Park, located on the "Frew property" inside William S. Hart Regional Park in Newhall. The abandoned 1887 depot was moved overnight June 24-25, 1980, from its original location at the southeast corner of present-day Drayton Street and Railroad Avenue (previously called San Fernando Road).

Blueprint by Hale & Associates Inc. Consulting Engineers (Don Hale) of Newhall, March 19, 1980.

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors officially approved the move to the park property June 3, 1980, when it ratified an operating agreement with the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.


The Saugus train station opened Sept. 1, 1887, when the Southern Pacific Railroad completed the spur line to Ventura along the present-day alignment of Magic Mountain Parkway to State Route 126 through Castaic Junction, Camulos, Piru, Fillmore, Santa Paula and Saticoy — where the SP also erected depots or sidings of various size.

The large, two-story Saugus depot followed a standard set of SP blueprints and stood at the southeast corner of present-day Drayton Street and Railroad Avenue (previously San Fernando Road). Tolfree's Saugus Eating House occupied the north side of the depot until 1905 when it moved across the street into its own building and became the Saugus Café.

President Benjamin Harrison stopped over in April 1891, and Theodore Roosevelt was met at the depot by California governor and Acton gold mine owner Henry T. Gage in 1903. Twenty years later, Charlie Chaplin used the depot in "The Pilgrim," and in 1954 another U.S. president was scheduled to stop at the depot but the feds caught wind of an assassination attempt in time. Of course, this last one was Hollywood fiction; the movie was "Suddenly" and the assassin was played by Frank Sinatra. It was filmed entirely in Saugus and Newhall.

Passenger service ended in April 1971 and the last station agent, James "Bob" Guthrie, shuttered the depot for good on Nov. 15, 1978. Facing demolition by the SP, the depot was rescued in 1980 through a fundraising effort organized by the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society, then just 4½ years old. During the night of June 24-25, 1980, it was moved two miles south to the society's home at Heritage Junction at William S. Hart County Park in Newhall, where its film career continued (e.g., "The Grifters" with John Cusack and Angelica Huston, 1989).

Today the depot is an educational venue for visiting elementary school students and patrons of the SCV Historical Society's lectures and film showings, as well as the home to the society's offices, collections, meetings, and the community's "temporary" history museum while the Pardee House at Heritage Junction is turned into a permanent museum facility.


HS8003: PDFs and 9600 dpi jpegs from original blueprint, Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society files.
HERITAGE JUNCTION BLUEPRINTS

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Saugus Depot 1980

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Mitchell Adobe 1986

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Kingsburry House 1987

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Edison House 1988/1989

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Newhall Ranch House Floorplan 1991

Moving SPRR Saugus Depot

See Also:
• SPRR Saugus Depot


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Press Release 6/3/1980: Depot to Move

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Plot Plan, 3/19/1980

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Depot Move

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Depot Move

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Depot Move

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Depot Move

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Depot Move (Mult.); Donor List

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Baxter Ward,
Scott Newhall

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Baxter Ward,
Scott Newhall

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July 4 Parade 1980

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Excavation

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Excavation

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Set on Foundation 9/10/1980

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Movers: Fred & Robert Simpson

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