William S. Hart Museum (La Loma de los Vientos)
Position in Santa Clarita Valley
Newhall (the Los Angeles metropolitan area)
|Country||United States of America|
|Elevation||1,276 ft (389 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-8 (Pacific (PST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-7 (PDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||272642|
|U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Newhall, Santa Clarita, California|
Newhall is the southernmost and oldest constituent community of Santa Clarita, California. Prior to the 1987 consolidation of Canyon Country, Saugus, Newhall, Valencia and other neighboring communities into the city of Santa Clarita, it was an unincorporated area. It was the first permanent town in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Named after businessman Henry Mayo Newhall, Newhall is home to the William S. Hart County Park, featuring tours of the famous silent movie maker's mansion. Newhall is also home to the Pioneer Oil Refinery (California Historical Landmark, No. 172), the oldest surviving oil refinery in the world and the first commercially successful refinery in California. Over the years, Newhall has been the location for many movies, including Suddenly (1954) and Disney's The World's Greatest Athlete (1973). The TV-series The Magnificent Seven was also for the most part filmed in Newhall.
The Lyons Station Stagecoach Stop was located at what is now Eternal Valley Cemetery near the intersection of Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway in east Newhall.
On April 6, 1970, four California Highway Patrol officers were shot dead during a traffic stop of two heavily armed career criminals. The incident was known as the Newhall incident, although it took place in present-day Valencia. This led to increased emphasis on officer safety both within the CHP and nationwide.
The Master's University, a non-denominational Christian liberal arts university, is located in Newhall.
At the elementary school level, Newhall is almost entirely served by the Newhall School District, except for the far northeastern portion (bordering Canyon Country) which is served by the Sulphur Springs School District. At the middle and high school levels, Newhall is served by Placerita and La Mesa Junior High Schools, and Hart and Golden Valley High Schools, all part of the William S. Hart Union High School District.
The historic district of Old Town Newhall (a.k.a. Downtown Newhall) is Santa Clarita's primary cultural center. It contains many independent restaurants, stores, and theaters, as well as a public library. Notable businesses in Old Town Newhall include Newhall Refinery (a gastropub), Newhall Press Room, The Old Town Junction, Brewery Draconum, Jazmin's Bakery, Commando Military Surplus, Pulchella Winery, National Glass, The Schiitr (a home audio store), and Hotel Lexen. The areas surrounding Old Town Newhall are predominantly Hispanic, and there are many Mexican restaurants including La Charrita, El Pueblo, El Taco Llama, and El Pariente. Theaters in Old Town Newhall include Canyon Theater Guild, The Main, and Laemmle. The Old Town Newhall Farmers Market is located on the grounds of the Newhall Library. Other notable sites in the area include the William S. Hart Park, Newhall DMV, Newhall Elementary School (part of the Newhall School District), Newhall Metrolink station, Veterans Historical Plaza, and historic Saugus Train Station (Heritage Junction). It has been described as "Santa Clarita's premier arts and entertainment district." Some of the recent developments in Old Town Newhall have been described as gentrification.
The Walk of Western Stars is located along Main Street in Old Town Newhall. Since 1981, the Walk has honored stars of Western film, television, and radio. Each April, the city of Santa Clarita inducts one or two new honorees into the Walk of Western Stars. Previous honorees include Roy Rogers, Dale Evans, John Wayne, Sam Elliott, Richard Farnsworth, and Bruce Dern. The induction ceremony is held in conjunction with the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival at William S. Hart Park.
This region experiences hot and dry summers. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Newhall has a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, abbreviated "Csb" on climate maps.