Newhall in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
[This site was designated as California Registered Historic Landmark No. 1006 on May 11, 1992. There are three rock and concrete bases which at one time displayed three different plaques. The plaques are now missing.]
California Office of Historic Preservation Statement of Significance:
Beale's Cut is the only physical and cultural feature of its kind in the entire Los Angeles Basin. At the time of its construction in 1862, the actual creation and maintenance of the Cut was considered a significant technological and physical feat consisting of breaching the former impassable geographic barrier of the San Gabriel and Santa Susana Mountain ranges. General Edward F. Beale is attributed with the construction of a toll road across the mountains. Beale's Cut was also used as a favorite film-making location by pioneer film maker, David Wark Griffith, and others. (Marker Number 1006.)
Location. Marker has been confirmed missing. It was likely located near 34° 20.528′ N, 118° 30.571′ W. Marker was in Newhall, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Sierra Highway near Antelope Valley Freeway (California Route 14), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 22580 Sierra Highway, Newhall CA 91321, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Lyons Station (approx. 1.4 miles away); Last Horse Drawn Hearse of Los Angeles County (approx. 1.4 miles away); Eternal Valley (approx. 1.4 miles away); “The Cascades” (approx. 1.5 miles away but has been reported missing); Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 2.9 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.5 miles away); a different marker also named Oak of the Golden Dream (approx. 3.5 miles away); The San Fernando Pioneer Memorial Cemetery (approx. 3.8 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newhall.
Also see . . .
1. Bealeís Cut. Beale's Cut, once the gateway between Los Angeles and Newhall and points north, was used many times in early Hollywood movies. Tom Mix, John Wayne and many more notable early movie stars filmed in this area.
2. 1937 California Department of Transaportation Beale's Cut Photo.
3. Elsmere Canyon dot com Newhall Tunnel Page.
1. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
The outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 increased demand for this regionís gold and oil. This put pressure on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors to improve the inland north-south road that Phineas Banning blazed across the San Gabriel Mountains in 1854. General Edward Beal, Surveyor-General of California and Nevada, acquired the contract for the project. In 1863, his crew created Bealeís Cut, a 93-foot deep, by 20-foot wide, passage through the mountains.
2. Newhall Tunnel Marker
I have provided a copy of the Newhall Tunnel Marker
before it was stolen..
I have hiked Beales Cut several times..it is really
3. Update on the Marker
My name is Cynthia Harris and as the co-author that worked with Jerry Reynolds to register Beale's Cut I would like to correct one item. Along with the land owner we thought it best not to have a plaque created and installed at the site. So there has never has been a plaque to be stolen. The land has since changed ownership and we still do not know the fate of the "cut". Every year it continues to "fall" into disrepair/water damage. The old buildings from the refinery have turned into "drug-pads" and homeless over night grounds. Our City of Santa Clarita has tried to keep the "tagging" cleaned up however almost every night there is more. As you know it is the gate-way to our City and needs to be addressed. There is a liability with any one working on repairing the "cut". It needs Beale back with his camels! Thanks. Cynthia Harris, Historian
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