Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society

Update on the Stevenson Ranch/Pico/Towsley Fire (October 2003)

President's Message
December 2003

TEMPORARY CLOSURES: Mentryville, a state park, has reopened following the wildfire that swept through Pico Canyon in late October. Towsley Canyon, the SCV's most severely damaged wilderness area, has been slower to recover. The Angeles National Forest was closed for about a week. It has reopened, but the USDA Forest Service advises visitors to obey posted rules about campfires.
PARK DAMAGE: No SCV homes were lost. Natural areas in Pico, Towsley and East canyons were devastated. However, all structures in the historic town of Mentryville were saved, including Johnson Park and its replica oil derrick, when the fire swept through the area. The "Old Glory" oak tree was saved. The Towsley Canyon Lodge and ranger residence were saved. Old shacks on the Warner Bros. property next to Towsley Canyon, used in "The Dukes of Hazzard" series, were reportedly destroyed (unconfirmed).
PARKS OUTSIDE THE S.C.V.: Several historic landmarks in the Cuyamaca Rancho State Park were destroyed (details unkonwn). Sespe Condor sanctuary (Los Padres National Forest) burned, but no condors were there. The former Corriganville (now a state park) in Simi Valley burned.

Leon Worden, President

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Genealogy Group News

December 2003

    The Genealogy Group met at the Saugus Train Station on Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. We finished viewing the video on "How to Use RootsWeb". The video was informative on how to use the Viewers within RootsWeb, with demonstrations showing how to use different sites as well as printing the size image that you wanted, so as to have a paper copy for your files.
    We had a "Sugar High" on the many dessert dishes that were brought.
    We had a discussion on the new Legacy 5.0 program that just came out on the market on how to download to your computer. We discussed that the on line website said that we should remove the older version of the program before installing the new. The letter that came with the CD said we could download from the internet and we would get the latest version and nothing was said about removing the older version. One member said she had downloaded the program using the option that said to download only the files needed to upgrade to Legacy 5 and this approach seemed to work and could not find any thing wrong with the program so far.
    It was announced that the Southern California Genealogy Society is having a Jamboree on April 16 and 17 at the Westin Pasadena Hotel in Pasadena and the cost is $25 for both days and if you turn in your reservations before Dec. 25, the parking would be free.
    We will not hold a January 2004 meeting because our meeting date, the first Thursday of the month, falls on the holiday, of New Years Day. The group was advised to remember that the local Mormon Church will hold a Family History Faire on Saturday, Jan. 24, 2004 from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. Helen and Ed Blancher will present Digital Imaging for Genealogy at the Faire.

Helen Blancher

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