Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Wayfinding Signs at Saugus Junction
Saugus, California

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Unidentified man at Saugus Junction, 1926. The view is to the north. (The man is looking south.) Wood's Garage and the Saugus Cafe are at the photographer's back. Today Saugus Junction is known simply as the intersection of Bouquet Canyon Road and Magic Mountain Parkway.

Running off to the left (west) are the Southern Pacific Railroad's 1887 Saugus spur line and the Saugus-Ventura Road (Highway 126; now Magic Moutain Parkway). Bouquet Canyon Road runs straight ahead (north) at right.

Listed distances to the west:

RIDGE ROUTE (Note: The Ridge Route cut north at today's Interstate 5; to get to Santa Paula, Ventura and Santa Barbara, you continued west.)

Bakersfield — 92 mi.

San Francisco — 384 mi.

Castaic — 5 mi.

Santa Paula — 32 mi.

Ventura — 47 mi.

Santa Barbara — 75 mi.

Listed distances to the west:


Boquet-Mint Canyon (Note: That's how Bouquet Canyon was spelled at the time. It's got nothing to do with a bunch of flowers.)

Elizabeth Lake — 32 mi.

Palmdale — 39 mi.

Lancaster — 47 mi.

Mojave — 73 mi.

Bakersfield — 138 mi. (Note: You could get to Bakersfield this way, but you'd cut west at the top of Francisquito Canyon Road.)

Owens Valley Points

To the south, Newhall was 2 miles, San Fernando 12 miles and downtown Los Angeles 34 miles.

Harry Carey's Trading Post, a tourist attraction, was 4 miles to the north. It wouldn't have been advertised two years later because it was wiped out in the St. Francis Dam Disaster.

"Look Out for the Cars" isn't a warning to the train engineer. It's a warning to motorists to look out for the train cars.

LW2722: 19200 dpi jpeg from bad 8x10 copy print, original source unknown, purchased 2014 by Leon Worden.
Bouquet Cyn Rd/
Magic Mtn Pkwy
(NW Corner)


Aqueduct Camp 1911


Wayfinding Signs 1926


Looking North & South (2 Views) 1/4/1938


FILM: Cab Forwards, Early 1940s


Film Clip 1940s


Rollerama & SPRR Track 1965


Dapper Dan's 2013 x3

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