Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Filming in Towsley Canyon, 1927
Newhall, California

Film shoot in Towsley Canyon, 1927. From the archives of the Automobile Club of Southern California.

Towsley Canyon, located just west of Interstate 5 near Newhall and south of oil-rich Pico Canyon, was explored for oil as early as the 1860s and continued to produce — though perhaps not as prolifically as Pico Canyon — well into the 20th Century. In 1995 Chevron USA sold the former Standard Oil Co. holdings to the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy. Towsley Canyon is now a state park.

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