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Willian S. Hart Park & Museum

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2003 - 2017.


The Santa Clarita Valley is rightfully proud of its local museum, the William S. Hart Park and Museum. William Surrey Hart, the first real cowboy actor, gave his beloved Horseshoe Ranch to the people of Los Angeles County upon his death in 1946. Sadly almost forgotten today, Bill Hart was one of the biggest stars in Hollywood in the silent movie days.

The site consists of about 260 acres of park land and several buildings including the Hart Mansion which is filled with western art. Also not part of the original ranch, but added later by the County, is Heritage Junction, a collection of rescued buildings from the late 19th and early 20th century. In addition to a collection of farm animals, the park also cares for a herd of bison (commonly incorrectly called "buffalo") which began with a donation from Disney Studios after completing a movie. The park also contains picnic and hiking areas. Hart Hall is aqvailable for rental. Numerous festivals and events are held during the year, incluidng some to tie in with the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival in April.

The park and museum are located at 24151 Newhall Avenue in Newhall, about midway between the I-5 and 14 Freeways. Exit Highway 14 at Newhall Avenue and drive west until just after the railroad tracks and turn left into the park.
Museum Information: 661-254-4584
Park Information: 661-259-0855

New entry gate, January 2013.

Park entrance.

Approaching House
Approaching House. Photo date: 6-17-98.
House
House. Photo date: 6-17-98.
House
Front facade of house.

Detail of corbels outside the dining room.


Back porch, where the tour ends.

Walkway in back.
Entry Ceiling
Ceiling ofthe entry, looks like a wagon wheel. Photo date: 12-9-03.
Kitchen
Kitchen. Photo date: 12-9-03.
Dining room with portrait of Bill and Fritz.

Living Room.

Cupboard.

Stove.
Turret
Turret. Photo date: 12-6-03.
Pool
Pool, now filled in. Photo date: 12-6-03.
Two-Gun Bill's Two Guns
Two-Gun Bill's two guns in concrete. Photo date: 12-6-03.
Bunk House
Bunk House. Photo date: 11-20-99.
Bunk House
Bunk House. Photo date: 12-6-03.
Fritz's Grave
Fritz's Grave. Photo date: 9-19-04.
Dog's Grave
Dog's Grave. Photo date: 12-6-03.

Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: .
Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: 6-29-03.
Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: 12-23-01.
Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: 6-29-01.

Ranch house, Living room. Photo date: 1-23-05.

Ranch house, interior. Photo date: 1-23-05.

Ranch house , interior. Photo date: 1-23-05.

Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: 6-29-01.
Ranch House
Ranch House. Photo date: 6-29-01.

Ranch house, southeast corner. Photo date: 1-23-05.

Ranch house, southwest corner. Photo date: 1-23-05.

Desk.

Trunk.

Board and Batt walls and Knob and Tube wiring,

Front of Ranch House.

. Exhibits in the Ranch House.

Looking out from the Ranch House on a rainy Sunday,
The tradition of Bison at the park began with a gift from the Disney Studios in the early 1960s..
Bison
Bison . Photo date: 6-14-03.

Bison.

Bison.

Bison.

Bison videos.
Bison
Bison
Bison

A Blue Moon seen from the hilltop after an evening event,


Photo date: 1-23-05.

Photo date: 7-4-05.
Hart Hall, available for rental.
Gift Shop & Office
Gift Shop and Park Office. Photo date: 6-29-03.

Gift shop.



There are over 250 acres of open space for hiking.


Newhal Fourth of July Parade and the William S. Hart Park and Museum float.

July 4, 2006.

Float for the July 4, 2007 parade.
Float for the July 4, 2007 parade.


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