Lyons Station

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Lyons Station

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Latitude / Longitude:

34.36270°N 118.50740°W

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Time Zone:

Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)

Comments:

The Lyons Station Stagecoach Stop, (originally Hart’s Station, then Wiley’s Station), was a tavern and stagecoach stop near the southwest corner of Newhall Avenue and Sierra Highway, by Eternal Valley Cemetery. The site is located in the present day Newhall section of Santa Clarita, in Los Angeles County, California.

Remains:

The original Hart’s Station house was just north over the San Fernando Pass on the Fort Tejon Road, north of the San Fernando Mission. The wagon road connected Los Angeles and the Gold Rush locations in the Sierras, and was part of the inland route to Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. It was a regular stop for several early California stagecoach lines, and accommodated travelers during the 1853 Kern River gold rush.

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Current Status:

Wiley’s Station was purchased by Sanford and Cyrus Lyon in 1855, and it was renamed Lyons’ Station. The Lyon brothers owned the adobe and ranch land around it, where they farmed, raised sheep, and ran the watering place stop. Despite being named Lyons’ Station by the Lyon brothers as owners, it was still referred to by its original name of Hart’s Station in Daily Alta California news accounts of the first trip over the route in 1858. The sixth was Willow Springs Station, in the Temecula Valley.

Remarks:

Over the years Lyons’ Station became a combination stagecoach stop, general store, and post office, with a telegraph office added after the telegraph line came to Los Angeles in 1861. By 1860 at least twenty families lived in the surrounding settlement. The site of Lyons Station is marked by California Historical Marker NO. 688, sited in front of the Eternal Valley Memorial Park at 23287 North Sierra Highway in Newhall, near California State Route 14 and Newhall Avenue.