Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Original Wooden Cross
Rancho Camulos

Original wooden cross from the Del Valle family's chapel garden at Rancho Camulos. Top photo undated; bottom photo April 26, 1955 (during the Rübel period, coinciding with the double wedding of sisters Shirley and Nathalie Rübel).

The English translation of the inscription reads:

In memory of the year 1886 we adore you, oh Christ, we bless you. Because with your holy cross you redeemed the world.

It's presumed the cross was placed in 1886.

As of 2017, the cross is on long-term loan to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as part of an exhibit titled "Many Voices, One Nation," which "presents the five-hundred-year journey of how many distinct peoples and cultures met, mingled and created the culture of the United States."

Weatherbeaten and worn, the cross had been stored out of public view for many years for its protection, and a replica was substituted for it in the chapel garden.

RA5501: 9600 dpi jpegs from Rancho Camulos Museum Collection.

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