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The Santa Clarita Valley was the scene of the second worst disaster in California's history in terms of lives lost, known as the "worst civil engineering failure of the 20th century". Within modern Santa Clarita city limits, the present day site of the Westfield Valencia Town Center mall would have been buried beneath muck, mud and debris.Some buildings in Newhall became makeshift morgues.About AD 450, the Tataviam arrived, numbering around 2,000 at their zenith.The Santa Clara River was named by Spanish explorers for Clare of Assisi.YP advertisers receive higher placement in the default ordering of search results and may appear in sponsored listings on the top, side, or bottom of the search results page.
The city has annexed a number of unincorporated areas, contributing to the large population increase. Santa Clarita was incorporated in December 1987 as the union of four unincorporated communities, Canyon Country, Newhall, Saugus, and Valencia, all of which are situated on the land of the former Rancho San Francisco.
A few days earlier, on September 5, 1876, Charles Crocker and Leland Stanford joined their railroads in Canyon Country, linking Los Angeles with the rest of the nation for the first time.
The Saugus Cafe, on Railroad Avenue in Saugus, was established in 1887 Filming in Santa Clarita began shortly after the turn of the 20th century with a veritable Who's Who of actors, including William S. Hart and Carey made their homes in the Santa Clarita Valley; today both are operated as county parks. By the time the floodwaters reached the Pacific Ocean near Ventura five hours later, nearly 600 people were dead.
The most significant portion was the 46,460 acres (18,800 ha) Rancho San Francisco in northern Los Angeles County, which he purchased for /acre, and which became known as Newhall Ranch after Newhall's death.
Within this territory, he granted a right-of-way to Southern Pacific through what is now Newhall Pass, and he also sold them part of the land, upon which the company built a town named after him: Newhall.
Santa Clarita is often associated with the Six Flags Magic Mountain amusement park, though the park is located just outside the city limits, and the California Institute of the Arts (Cal Arts), located in Valencia.