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Old 06-02-2011, 02:42 AM
 
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And, just above the first tunnel off of Santa Susanna Road, is the Lone Ranger rock.
A lot of interesting history in those hills.
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Old 06-02-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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A lot of interesting history in those hills.

You are right.

Aside from the Spahn Ranch Manson hideout off SSPR, there is the old stagecoach trail which leads from present day Chatsworth Park South up to Lilac Lane at the eastern end of Simi. If you've hiked in that area, you'd find it amazing a stage coach could make it up that rugged trail. There is a placard embedded in the side of the hill half way up that trail commemorating the trail.
There were three stage coach routes, that one, one through Conejo Valley and one through SSPR. Eventually the railroad was built around 1904 or something like that and there was no more need for the stage.

More here:

Chatsworth Park 1955


There was a partial metldown of a rewactor at the Santa Susana Field Lab.
Back int eh 1950s, that lab powered the entire town of Moorpark.

Finally, Chatsworth Park South used to be a skeet shooting range (clay pidgeons). If walk around the north side of the grassy area of the park and look into the grass, there are still little pieces of broken up clay - I saw this from myself.


Chatsworth Park South 1955, then called Aqua Sierra Sportsmens Park




Here are some of Fleet's photos from one of his posts:


1. Some hikers walking up the stagecoach trail heading toward the dedication plaque.

2. The dedication plaque.

3. Another view looking up the trail.

4. The view from near the top of the trail, looking northeast.


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Old 06-02-2011, 10:25 AM
 
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^^ Very interesting Charles.
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Old 06-03-2011, 01:23 AM
 
Location: Northridge/Porter Ranch, Calif.
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Unfortunately, Chatsworth Park South has been fenced off for a few years. The reason supposedly being the lead from the ammunition in the ground from the skeet shooting many years ago. The Homestead Acre is still open the first Sunday of every month from 1-4 PM.
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:10 AM
 
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Unfortunately, Chatsworth Park South has been fenced off for a few years. The reason supposedly being the lead from the ammunition in the ground from the skeet shooting many years ago. The Homestead Acre is still open the first Sunday of every month from 1-4 PM.
How unfortunate, I have great memories of playing there in the 60's. Of course, we did have different rules, one of which "don't eat crap you find on the ground". Now our rules seem to be, "if there is crap on the ground, it is closed to everyone and called a HazMat site".
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Old 06-03-2011, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Unfortunately, Chatsworth Park South has been fenced off for a few years.
I didn't know that. I was last there maybe 2002/3/4 or something like that. But I do remember seeing chips of those clay pigeons in the grass on the north side of the grassy area (about where they would have exploded when shot).
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:21 PM
 
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The Mansons huh? Wow that's pretty trippy. Well, I could've confused some details since then (it was the early 90s) but on the Google Earth map it says where Devonshire ends (the park begins?). So that's where we would park and hike. All I know is that trains scare the s**t outta me. Thanx for the intel tho!
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:25 PM
 
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So this is what was before the 118? How you got to Simi? Damn that's trippy. I love old history like that...back when LA was orange groves and virgin land. Nice pix there.
VR
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:27 PM
 
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LOL yeah Big Brother had to ruin all our lead-eating dimentia-laced fun.
VR
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:30 PM
 
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Yeah that was a good move...I just kept re-running that part in Stand By Me where they were on that bridge...tunnels suck.
VR
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