Near Sylmar 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 four different plaques. The plaques are now missing. The following plaque 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.)
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.
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); Edison House (approx. 2.3 miles away); End of an Era (approx. 2.4 miles away); William S. Hart Park and Museum (approx. 2˝ miles away); Sayre Fire (approx. 2.7 miles away); American Revolution (approx. 2.7 miles away).
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. 1937 California Department of Transaportation Beale's Cut Photo. (Submitted on October 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
3. Elsmere Canyon dot com Newhall Tunnel Page. (Submitted on October 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.)
4. Beale’s Cut Articles and Photos. (Submitted on January 15, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.)
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
— Submitted June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.
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
— Submitted April 20, 2010, by Greg Schubert of La Verne, California.
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
— Submitted May 28, 2011, by Cynthia Harris of Newhall, California.
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. This page has been viewed 6,255 times since then and 25 times this year. Last updated on January 15, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos: 1. submitted on June 19, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 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 El Dorado Hills, California. 7, 8, 9, 10. submitted on June 26, 2009, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. 11, 12, 13, 14. submitted on October 16, 2012, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.