The History of
Ultimately, the story of Henry Mayo Newhall’s journey to become the “father” of Newhall Ranch, is the kind of story that cliched fairy tales are made of but this one is both enchanting and true. It is the rags to riches story of how big dreams can be accomplished with your heart, soul and integrity remaining intact all through the pain and adversity of making those dreams become a reality.
Learn more about specific chapters of the history of Newhall Ranch by clicking on the images below
From the very beginning of Henry Mayo Newhall’s family history, all the way through his youth and amazing rags to riches story, the timeline will detail all the important moments that led up to the final development chapter of the Newhall family legacy, Newhall Ranch.
Click on the picture above to follow the path from the beginning to present day. It will continue to grow over time, so come back often and click again.
Rancho San Francisco
By clicking on the picture above you will see original maps from the 1800s and learn how the Santa Clarita Valley came to be from this single momentous purchase by a true visionary.
Henry Mayo Newhall
To review the incredible journey of this man’s life, click on his picture above.
The Five Newhall Sons
Experience their lives through stories and pictures by clicking on the picture above.
Newhall Land & Farm
Through the good years and bad, good management and not so good management, Newhall Land managed to survive and often thrive for over 130 years. In 2015, Newhall Land was melded into FivePoint Holdings, LLC and became known as FivePoint.
Click on the picture above to review the history of Newhall Land.
St Francis Dam Disaster
At 11:57 pm on March 12, 1928, the St. Francis dam collapsed sending 12.4 billion gallons of water down through our beautiful valley leaving behind death and destruction in its path. Over 400 people died that night.
For more of the story, click on the picture above.
Even though I have lived in the Santa Clarita Valley for over 50 years, when I started to research the history of our beautiful valley, I realized just how little I knew about its heritage. I turned to the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society and found a plethora of information.
I spent days on their website learning so much and enjoying every little story, picture and tidbit of information I could gather. Then I visited SCV Heritage Junction and picked up a few books – A California Legend – The Newhall Land and Farming by Ruth Waldo Newhall, Henry Mayo Newhall and His Times – A California Legacy by Andrew Rolle and Images of America – SANTA CLARITA VALLEY by John Boston and the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society.
Without the SCV History website and the books, many of the stories and pictures on this page would not have been possible. It is for that reason that I am dedicating this page and setting up a donation button for the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society to help in their efforts to preserve our long and fascinating history! Please donate freely! They are so worth it!