Near Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Old Santa Susana Stage Road
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.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Native Sons/Daughters of the Golden West marker series.
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. Touch for map. Located in the hills west of Chatsworth Park South. 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 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Garden of the Gods (approx. 1.3 miles away); Silvertown (approx. 1.4 miles away); Santa Susana Railroad Depot (approx. 1.9 miles away); Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory (approx. 3 miles away); F-1 Engine Ancient Live Oaks And Old Mission Lime Kilns (approx. 3.1 miles away); In Memory of Those Who Perished (approx. 3.8 miles away); Canoga Mission Gallery (approx. 4.3 miles away).
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 . . . Stagecoach Trail. Chatsworth Historical Society Presentation, includes photos of the marker dedication. The Minnie (Submitted on March 18, 2019.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on March 18, 2019. This page originally submitted on March 17, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 59 times since then. 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.