Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Jerry Reynolds
SCV Historian

Jerry Reynolds, SCV Historian, 1937-1996.

Born Gerald G. Reynolds in Torrance, California on July 16, 1937, "Jerry" studied art history at Long Beach State College and worked as a private investigator until landing his dream job as a tour guide at William Randolph Hearst's castle at San Simeon. Ultimately he made a career with the California Department of Water Resources as director of the Castaic Lake Visitors Center and later the Vista del Lago Visitors Center at Lake Pyramid. Reynolds came to Newhall in 1971 with his wife Myrna and their three sons, James, David and Jason, and promptly filled the void left by the aging A.B. Perkins, the valley's first "town historian." By the time of Perkins' death in 1977, Reynolds had already assumed the mantle, collecting historical photographs, committing old-timers' oral histories to paper, helping organize the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and serving as its first museum curator, a position he held until his death on Feb. 26, 1996, from cancer.

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