Charles Manson

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chatsworth keeps one foot in the Old West

While construction of California’s high-speed train lurches in fits and starts, it’s worth remembering that those taking the original overland route between San Francisco and Los Angeles considered themselves lucky to have made it in fewer than three bone-jarring days of stagecoach travel.

From 1861 to the late 1870s, the Santa Susana Stage Road, which traced the route of an ancient Chumash trail, was the ultramodern manner by which mail and passengers made their way into the western San Fernando Valley and from there on to L.A.

The place where the trail emerged from its grueling journey through the winding defiles of the Santa Susana Mountains — a passage so steep and...

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