Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Southern Pacific Passenger Train in Snow, 12-19-1970
Newhall, California


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Kodachrome slide of Southern Pacific's San Joaquin Daylight passenger train in Newhall on a rare day of snow, Dec. 19, 1970. (The next time it snowed in Newhall was Jan. 3-4, 1974.) This is less than two months before the 1971 Sylmar earthquake damaged the town.

The photo was shot by local history enthusiast Gordon Glattenberg, later editor of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Soceity's (est. 1975) monthly "Dispatch" newsletter.

The locomotive is at the Market Street crossing (at right). The last car has just passed 6th Street (at left). At far right is Anawalt Lumber; the portion of Anawalt Lumber that's visible in this image is now (2013) the parking lot of the Newhall Community Center.

The major 2-story building is the vintage 1932 Newhall Municipal Courthouse at 24307 Railroad Ave.; it hasn't yet moved into the County Civic Center at Valencia Boulevard and Magic Mountain Parkway. The new courthouse was under construction in during 1970.

This color transparency took a circuitous route to get to us. Glattenberg said he traded color slides for many years with Paul Meyer, a public school educator in Kankakee, Ill. (about 30 miles south of Chicago), who was also a prominent rail photographer of the 1960s-1980s. Meyer's photos were published in many railroading magazines, books and calendars.

This was one of the slides Glattenberg traded to Meyer. Following Meyer's death at age 77 on Nov. 18, 2011, his estate was sold off. This slide ended up with John Hosty Jr. of nearby Bourbonnais, Ill., who donated it to SCVHistory.com and the SCV Historical Society in 2013.


LW2312a: 9600 dpi jpeg from original color transparency
SNOW DAY 12-19-1970

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