Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
San Fernando (Train) Tunnel
Newhall, California

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"S.P. Train to San Francisco entering Newhall Tunnel about 1898." C.C. Pierce, photographer. Probably the south entrance to the tunnel.

From the Ana Bégué de Packman Papers (Collection 1491). Department of Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

A thousand Chinese rail workers spent the better part of a year — and an unknown number gave up their lives — digging the San Fernando Railroad Tunnel. At 6,940 feet, it was the third longest tunnel in the United States when it was completed July 14, 1876. (The tracks went in and the first engine poked its head through in August.) The tunnel, along the Southern Pacific Railroad's San Joaquin Line, linked the San Fernando Valley (at the Newhall Pass) with the Santa Clarita Valley (in Railroad Canyon), facilitating the conjoinder in September 1876 of northern California with Southern California at Lang in present-day Canyon Country.

SW9801: 19200 dpi jpeg from smaller jpeg.

Southern Pacific Tunnels Through. Story by Alan Pollack


Storm Damage 1884


C. Watkins Stereoview ~1877


Photo ~1898




Postcard ~1910


Approach 1952

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