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

Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass

 
 
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker Bases image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
1. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker Bases
Inscription.  
[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 four different markers. The markers are now missing. The following marker was never placed:]

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.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & CommerceRoads & Vehicles
Newhall Tunnel Site - 1/4 Mile image. Click for full size.
2. Newhall Tunnel Site - 1/4 Mile
One of the missing markers:
Constructed By
Los Angeles County Highway Commission
A.D.1910
Followed by names of commissioners, contractors, etc.
. In addition, it is included in the California Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 34° 20.528′ N, 118° 30.571′ W. Marker was near Sylmar, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker was on Sierra Highway 0.7 miles north of Foothill Boulevard, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 22580 Sierra Highway, Sylmar CA 91342, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Live Oak Manor Rock Arch (approx. 0.9 miles away); 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˝ miles away); Pioneer Oil Refinery (approx. 2 miles away); Rim of the Valley Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); Edison House (approx. 2.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sylmar.
 
Also see . . .
1. Beale’s 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. (Submitted on June 19, 2009.) 

2. Newhall Tunnel.
(Submitted on October 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

3. Beale's Cut
Original 1916 Marker image. Click for full size.
3. Original 1916 Marker
The name Beale's Cut was not used until the 1930s.
. An excellent historical resource for this important link in early California's transportation chain. (Submitted on February 15, 2020, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
 
Additional comments.
1. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
The outbreak of the Civil War in 1861 increased demand for this region’s 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 Beale’s Cut, a 93-foot deep, by 20-foot wide, passage through the mountains.
    — Submitted June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.

2. Additional information about the Marker
As the co-author that worked with Jerry Reynolds to register Beale's Cut I would like to clarify that, along with the land owner at the time, we thought it best not to have a marker created and installed at the site. So, there has never been a marker to be stolen or go missing. The land has since changed ownership. Every year the cut appears to continue to
Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers image. Click for full size.
California Historical Landmarks (1973)
4. Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers
fall into disrepair and suffer water damage. Cynthia Harris, Historian
    — Submitted May 28, 2011, by Cynthia Harris of Newhall, California.
 
Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers Base image. Click for full size.
By Michael Kindig, January 15, 2012
5. Pioneer Oil Refinery and Oak of the Golden Dream Markers Base
Compare the stone pattern in this photo with the photo from 1973. Mystery solved!
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker Bases image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, June 19, 2009
6. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker Bases
Portion of the canyon that leads to the cut can be seen behind the closest marker base.
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass image. Click for full size.
©2007 Loren J. Price, All rights reserved, January 31, 2007
7. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
A view of the cut looking north
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass image. Click for full size.
©2007 Loren J. Price, All rights reserved, January 31, 2007
8. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
A view of the cut looking south
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass image. Click for full size.
©2007 Loren J. Price, All rights reserved, January 31, 2007
9. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
A view from the top of the cut
Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass image. Click for full size.
©2007 Loren J. Price, All rights reserved, January 31, 2007
10. Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass
The view seen in many early motion pictures
The Newhall Tunnel from a 1921 Curt Teich Company Ridge Route Postcard Folder image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
11. The Newhall Tunnel from a 1921 Curt Teich Company Ridge Route Postcard Folder
The Newhall Tunnel replaced Beale's Cut as the transportation point through the Santa Susana and San Gabriel Mountains and on to central and northern California.
View N, Sierra Highway, from Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Markers image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, October 15, 2012
12. View N, Sierra Highway, from Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Markers
Location of the Newhall Tunnel
View S, Sierra Highway, from the Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker image. Click for full size.
By Chris English, October 15, 2012
13. View S, Sierra Highway, from the Beale's Cut Stagecoach Pass Marker
Note well the location of these markers prior to visiting. The topography and vegetation cover of Newhall Pass, the continuing construction of major California transportation arteries in the canyon; the nearness of each road layer may confuse a Tom Tom GPS unit. Visitation in non rush-hour traffic is encouraged.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 17, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 19, 2009. This page has been viewed 8,116 times since then and 117 times this year. Last updated on August 9, 2020, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   2. submitted on April 20, 2010.   3. submitted on January 15, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   4, 5. submitted on January 17, 2012, by Michael Kindig of Long Beach, California.   6. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of Mesa, Arizona.   11, 12, 13. submitted on October 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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