Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

New-Home Billboard, Mustang Drive-in Marquee, 1973
Soledad Canyon Road, Saugus

billboard marquee

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.

Mustang Location 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.

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