Billboard on westbound Soledad Canyon Road advertising new homes for $26,750 on Bouquet Canyon Road in
Saugus, with a Southern Pacific locomotive passing by at left and the Mustang Drive-in theater marquee
in the background. According to eagle-eyed Todd Spiegelberg, the marquee displays: "White Lightning/Burt Reynolds"
and "Scorpio/Burt Lancaster," both of which were released in 1973.
The Mustang Drive-in opened May 25, 1966, on property owned by The Newhall Land and Farming Co. at
21021 Soledad Canyon Road in Saugus (see contemporary map; click it to enlarge). Canyon Country wasn't called "Canyon
Country" at the time; this area of Saugus was known as Honby, the name of an old rail stop.
The Mustang closed in October 1984 and was torn down in 1986 to make way for a small business park
where, in December 1987, the brand-new City of Santa Clarita set up a temporary administrative headquarters
before moving into the (then-) Valencia National Bank building at 23920 W. Valencia Blvd.
Photo courtesy of John
Carr, a rail enthusiast in Dallas, Texas, who grew up in the Antelope Valley and worked at the
Bermite Powder Co. in Saugus.