Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Renowned Producer Walt Disney In Newhall Monday to Present Gift of Buffalo Herd to Wm. S. Hart Park

The Newhall Signal and Saugus Enterprise

Thursday, April 12, 1962

W
alt Disney, as familiar to most Americans as blueberry pie, and revered with nostalgia for his delightful 1937 production of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, will be in Newhall Monday.
    Mr. Disney's appearance here is in connection with his donation to the William S. Hart Park of eight buffalo, now roaming the pastures of the Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Placerita Canyon.
    Accompanying the gifted creator of Donald Duck and Disneyland will be Supervisor Warren Dorn who will accept the grant on behalf of the county.
    Although he knew of the impending transferal of the buffalos, Park director Scott Thomas said he did not realize until Tuesday that they were coming so soon. Arrangements have been made to pasture the 1,100-pound animals in a newly built 8-foot chain link enclosure on the west side of the late silent film star's 258-acre ranch.
    Seven of the plains bison, six cows and a calf, were purchased by Disney two years ago from the Diamond Bar Ranch, near La Puente, when that property was split up for subdivision and for a County golf course. The eighth, a bull, was brought later from Wyoming.
    The animals have appeared in Disney's two-part television show, "Sancho and the Homesick Steer," and other films.
    The ill-tempered heavyweights will join a veritable farmyard consisting of pigs, chickens, rabbits, quail, pheasants, deer, goats, ducks, cows, dove, ewes, lambs and horses, including "Roanie" and "Gentle," 37 and 34 years old respectively, and the only survivors of Mr. Hart's original stable of horses. He used both not in his movie work, but to ride the great expanses of his ranch during the active years of his life.
    Unloading operations will take place at the west gate of the ranch on Market Street.


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