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Needham Ranch Tour
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NEEDHAM RANCH TOUR 2-4-2002

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Feb. 4, 2002 — The Gates Ranch house at 23450 Pine Street, Newhall, c. 1910-1915, occupied by the Gates (Needham) Ranch caretaker.

Prohibitionist Henry Clay Needham bought large portions of the Rancho San Francisco, surrounding the little town of Newhall, in 1889, for the purpose of establishing a "dry colony." The idea didn't sell, but Needham became an important community leader and philanthropist in addition to being a prominent orator on the national stage, even seeking the Prohibition Party's nomination for U.S. President in 1932. He died in 1935, and in 1957 his heirs sold about 770 acres of the property — the portion bounded roughly by Pine Street, San Fernando Road and Sierra Highway — to Mark Gates Sr., the funeral director at Eternal Valley Cemetery. Gates eventually sold off the 220-acre cemetery portion.

In the 1990s, Gates' son, Mark Jr., prepared to develop the remaining 584 acres (including some adjoining acreage owned by SCV businessman Hank Arklin) as the Gate-King Industrial Park (initiall the "Needham Ranch" business park). The UP/Metrolink (formerly Southern Pacific) tracks and underlying land bisect the property, with the Railroad Canyon entrance to the San Fernando Train Tunnel in the middle. Also of note is the Pioneer Oil Refinery, deeded in the late 1990s by Chevron to the City of Santa Clarita, on an "island" at the project area's northeastern extremity. The "Live Oak Manor" rock archway on Sierra Highway is to be preserved; it is adjacent to the future southern entry into the business park. Plans call for about 180 acres of dense oak woodlands on the southwestern side of the Gates (Gate-King) property to be deeded to the City of Santa Clarita as permanent open space.


LW2153f: 19200 dpi jpeg from 300 dpi jpg from digital image by Leon Worden.
NEEDHAM RANCH

SEE ALSO:
• H. Clay Needham
• Eternal Valley Memorial Park


Chronology


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Structures n.d.

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1914 Tour x2

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Aerial 1930

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Live Oak Manor Arch Erected 1926, Moved 1930

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Live Oak Manor Cacti Gardens 1930s

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Sale to Gates Kingsley Gates 1957

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Mark T. Gates Sr.

Gate-King Development: Community Benefits 2002


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Gate-King Industrial Park Final EIR 2003

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Gate-King Site

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Needham Ranch Tour 2/4/2002 x9

Appellate Ruling 2009


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TCC, Clarion to Build Phase 1 (2017)

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Phase 1 Groundbreaking 12/12/2017

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Brochure CBRE 2017

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Grading: Drone Video 6/18/2018

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Rock Arch Moved 8/30/2018

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