Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Panning for Gold
Placerita Canyon, California

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A group of young women use frying pans to pan for gold in Placerita Canyon in 1934. (The men are just standing or sitting around, posing for the photograph.) Examining this photo and considering the unique gneiss (metamorphic rock), longtime Placerita and Sand Canyon resident George Starbuck is convinced it is Placerita Canyon (pers. comm. 2017). The cutline doesn't specify. It reads:

Associated Press Photo | From New York
Please Use Credit | Caution: ROTO for release Sunday, April 29.


The gold panning season has reopened in Southern California near Newhall, where the first gold strike was made. This party of pleasure seekers is trying out its luck under the tutelage of an old-timer who believes that his strike is "just around the corner."

Associated Press photo | 4-11-34

7x9-inch photo shot April 11, 1934, distributed to AP-member newspapers for release April 29, 1934. Free art (no AP story moved with it.)

LW3016: 9600 dpi jpeg from original photograph purchased 2017 by Leon Worden.
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