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2 Men in Horse-Drawn Carriage
Beale's Cut - Newhall Pass

Traveling south, two unidentified men in a horse-drawn carriage leave the Santa Clarita Valley through Beale's Cut.

Image from the Warren C. Dickerson Collection (1890-1920) in the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County's Seaver Center for Western History Research (Catalog No. SCWHR-P-005-N0651). Probably more particularly 1890-1910, when the Newhall Tunnel bypassed Beale's Cut and the county of Los Angeles stopped maintaining the road through Beale's Cut as an improved highway. (Both autos and horse-drawn wagons used the auto tunnel as seen here.)


Beale's Cut, alternately known as Fremont Pass and Newhall Pass, is the 90-foot-deep, hand-cut gash through the mountain southeast of Sierra Highway and San Fernando Road (later renamed Newhall Avenue) in Newhall.

Truth is, though, Fremont came through the area about a quarter-mile east of Beale's Cut.

General Phineas Banning drove the first stage through the pass in 1854 when it was only 30 feet deep. In 1862, Gen. Edward F. Beale, a veteran of the Mexican-American War, took over a contract from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve — i.e., deepen — the cut to improve passage for wagons from the pueblo of Los Angeles north to the Tehachapis. Beale used troops from Fort Tejon and Chinese immigrants to do the work, completing it in 1863.

In 1910 the roadway was replaced by the nearby Newhall Tunnel, which gave way to modern-day Sierra Highway in 1938. During the El Niño winter of 1997-98, Beale's Cut caved in. Today it's at about half of its former depth.

The area was annexed into the City of Santa Clarita in the 1990s. It's owned by the same person who owns the adjacent Newhall Refinery site. The refinery property is intended to be developed and Beale's Cut is to be deeded to the city when that happens.

For more info, read Movie Trivia from Beale's Cut.


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BEALE'S CUT

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J.J. Lopez Story

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1890-1910

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South View
ca. 1900/1910

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FILM: Broken Ways 1913

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Man Walking 1910s/20s

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FILM: The Devil Horse 1932

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Toll House 1938

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"Stagecoach" Scene 1939

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Landmark Effort 1940

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"Cowboy Serenade" 1942, Not Beale's Cut

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Hiking Guide 1964

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