Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures
Ranch House Inn Motor Hotel and Restaurant
Valencia, California

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Souvenir postcard, divided back, unused, showing the Ranch House Inn Motor Hotel and Restaurant in Valencia, 1970s. Published by Columbia Wholesale Supply of North Hollywood.

Back reads:

Valencia, California

Located on Interstate 5 directly across from Magic Mountain at the Saugus Ave. [sic] exit. 125 Room Inn with Color TV — Heated Pool, near 36 Hole Golf Course [sic: 18 holes] — Banquet facilities up to 200.

The Newhall Land and Farming Company built and opened the Ranch House Coffee Shop and Restaurant in 1965 at what was then the Saugus off-ramp from the Golden State Freeway (later called Magic Mountain Parkway), next to the new Valencia Golf Club ("Big V" golf course, later called Valencia Country Club).

The 122-room Ranch House Inn Motor Hotel followed in the summer of 1970 under the supervision of Thomas L. Sutton and Terry E. Van Gorder. "The most modern methods were used in its construction, including the tilting-up of its walls by giant crane," according to a company publication. Upon completion, it became the preferred banquet facility for Newhall-Saugus-Valencia (SCV) Chamber of Commerce functions; it was the only real banquet facility in town other than the fraternal lodges in Mint Canyon.

Both the restaurant and the motel were initially operated by the Fred Harvey Company of "Harvey House" fame.

As of 2019, both are gone to make way for two new hotels — a 182-room, 75-foot-tall Residence Inn/Springhill Suites hotel, and a 108-room, 65-foot-tall Holiday Inn Express hotel.

Read [planning documents] (2017).

Ranch House Inn location, Google Maps image, 2017. Click to enlarge.

2017 planning area, City of Santa Clarita. Click to enlarge.

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LW3601: 9600 dpi jpeg from original postcard purchased 2019 by Leon Worden.


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