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Near Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Old Santa Susana Stage Road

‘Devil’s Slide’

 
 
Old Santa Susana Stage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 17, 2019
1. Old Santa Susana Stage Road Marker
Inscription.  
Old Santa Susana Stage Road, 1859-90. Marked March 17 1939, Native Daughters of the Golden West, Topango Parlor 269.
 
Erected 1939 by Native Daughters of the Golden West Topanga Parlor 269. (Marker Number 92.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Roads & Vehicles. In addition, it is included in the California, Ventura County Historical Landmarks, the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments, and the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West series lists.
 
Location. 34° 15.688′ N, 118° 37.734′ W. Marker is near Chatsworth, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Devonshire Street west of Topanga Canyon Boulevard. Located in the hills west of Chatsworth Park South. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22360 Devonshire Street, Chatsworth CA 91311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Chatsworth Community Church (approx. 0.7 miles away); Minnie Hill Palmer House (approx. 0.8 miles away); Stagecoach Trail (approx. 0.9 miles
Stage Road Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 17, 2019
2. Stage Road Marker
away); Olive Trees (approx. 1.3 miles away); Garden of the Gods (approx. 1.3 miles away); Corriganville (approx. 1.4 miles away); Stoney Point (approx. 1˝ miles away); The Munch Box (approx. 1.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatsworth.
 
More about this marker. To reach the marker, hike from Chatsworth Park South 3 miles round trip with a 700 foot elevation gain, or take a much shorter route by hiking down from the dirt parking lot on Lilac Lane.
 
Regarding Old Santa Susana Stage Road. Minnie Hill-Palmer, a member of the Native Daughters, determined that the marker should be made of small tiles to give it an old-fashioned appearance. Topango was an alternate spelling of Topanga.

This was an important road linking Los Angeles and Ventura County. The route climbs through what is now the Santa Susana Pass State Historic Park.

To slow down their descent, drivers would chain a wheel in place or use a wooden timber placed through the rear spokes to lock both wheels. Hikers can still see the deep ruts made by the wagons on the 'Devil's Slide' section, near the marker.

The road was designated Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument #92 in 1972; listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974; and declared Ventura County Historical Landmark #104 in 1986.
 
Also see . . .
Old Stage Road and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 17, 2019
3. Old Stage Road and Marker
On the 80th anniversary of the marker. The marker was placed on the 80th anniversary of the road.
 Stagecoach Trail. Chatsworth Historical Society Presentation, includes photos of the marker dedication. The Minnie Hill Palmer Homestead Acre Museum in Chatsworth Park South is open from 1-4 p.m. on the first Sunday of every month, except holiday weekends. (Submitted on March 18, 2019.) 
 
Old Stage Road image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, March 17, 2019
4. Old Stage Road
With a view of the San Fernando Valley.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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