Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California

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Canyon Country
A neighborhood in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in Canyon Country near the central Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon Roads junction with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
A neighborhood in the Sierra Pelona Mountains, in Canyon Country near the central Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon Roads junction with the San Gabriel Mountains in the background.
Canyon Country is located in Los Angeles Metropolitan Area
Canyon Country
Canyon Country
Position in Los Angeles County.
Coordinates: 34°25′24″N 118°28′17″W / 34.42333°N 118.47139°W / 34.42333; -118.47139Coordinates: 34°25′24″N 118°28′17″W / 34.42333°N 118.47139°W / 34.42333; -118.47139
Country  United States
State  California
County Los Angeles
City Santa Clarita
Elevation[1] 466 m (1,529 ft)
Population (2010)
 • Total 59,530
Time zone Pacific (PST) (UTC-8)
 • Summer (DST) PDT (UTC-7)
ZIP Code 91351
Area code(s) 661
GNIS feature ID 2583151
U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Canyon Country, Santa Clarita, California

Canyon Country is a community and district within the City of Santa Clarita, located in northwestern Los Angeles County, California, United States.

Canyon Country is north of the San Fernando Valley via Newhall Pass through the Santa Susana and San Gabriel Mountains. Canyon Country is located in the upper watershed of the Santa Clara River in the Santa Clarita Valley and Sierra Pelona Mountains foothills.


The area was the ancestral homeland of the Tataviam people for over five hundred years, and other tribes before then, such as the Tongva, Kitanemuk, and Serrano people. After the Spanish invasion, the valley first became grazing lands of the Mission San Fernando Rey de España around 1790. In 1834, after Mexican Independence, it became part of the Rancho San Francisco land grant centered on the confluence of the Santa Clara River and Castaic Creek.[2]

In the 1880s the rancho become the Newhall Ranch empire of Henry Newhall, now the present day Newhall Land and Farming Company. In 1928 the St. Francis Dam collapsed, suddenly flooding and washing away settlements and people along the Santa Clara River section of present day Santa Clarita not including Canyon Country. Canyon Country was originally to be called Solemint. It later absorbed the community to the west called Honby. In the 1960s and 1970s the Newhall Land company's suburban developments transformed Canyon Country and the surrounding towns into a focused residential and cultural city.[3]

The house of The Crandall family used in the movie Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead is located in this town.[4] The hit ABC shows Wipeout, Winter Wipeout, and Spring Wipeout are all filmed here.[citation needed]

The Canyon Country area was a mecca for show business personalities like Cliffe Stone of Home Town Jamboree, singer Gene Vincent, Hall of Fame Guitarist Bill Aken (aka Zane Ashton), actress Linda Gray, rock and roll legend Del Shannon, among others. The William S. Hart ranch was a well known tourist attraction along with Gene Autry's Melody Ranch.

Santa Clarita founding[edit]

In 1987, Canyon Country was one of four communities, with Valencia, Newhall, and Saugus, that merged to create the city of Santa Clarita, California. The latitude of Canyon Country is 34.423N and the longitude is -118.471W.[5] Canyon Country has a population of 59,530 people.

Canyon Country is home to the Placerita Canyon Nature Center, which is also the site of California's original gold discovery at the historic "Oak of the Golden Dream" in 1842.[6]


The Los Angeles County Fire Department Station 104 (Quint) and Station 107 (Engine and Paramedic Squad) serve the community.

Skinhead Activity[edit]

Canyon Country had experienced years of racism & hate crimes, particularly from the Deadline Skinheads. This racist skinhead group has approximately 10-12 members. Many members have the word Deadline tattooed on their bodies, while others additionally “earn” a tattoo of a pair of combat boots with red laces on the left side of their torso after committing a violent act and spilling the blood of a non-white individual. Deadline Skins are affiliated with the Golden State Skinheads based in Castaic, California.

Los Angeles Times/June 9, 2001 By Martha L. Willman

Two teenage members of a reputed white supremacist gang accused of terrorizing a Canyon Country neighborhood were assigned to juvenile camps this week while a third was placed on probation and released to his parents. A fourth teen, David Eugene Lampman, 18, the only adult arrested in a police sweep last month, is scheduled for a preliminary hearing July 9 in Newhall Superior Court.

Detectives, who are continuing their investigation, said as many as 10 more arrests are expected in the case.

During a six-month probe, detectives said residents of the Flowerpark neighborhood of Canyon Country--where the youths live--complained of a siege of incidents occurring over the last year. Groups of teens dressed as "skinheads" burglarized hundreds of cars, set off dozens of small explosives and firebombs, vandalized parks and committed several crimes of a racially biased nature, prosecutors said.

The reports caught Santa Clarita officials by surprise, including local sheriff's deputies, who said they were unaware of a crime spree. Many victims reportedly never filed complaints, investigators said.

All of the youths arrested May 16 were dressed in "skinhead" style and white supremacist materials were seized during searches of homes, according to detectives and the hate-crimes prosecutor, Olivia Rosales, a Los Angeles County deputy district attorney.

The three juveniles were sentenced this week by Commissioner Jack Gold following hearings at Sylmar Juvenile Hall. Each of the three accepted plea bargains, agreeing to admit to lesser charges than those originally filed against them.

A 17-year-old accused of the most serious hate crimes--including three alleged attacks on minorities--admitted Friday, in a plea bargain, to stalking, participating in a hate crime in concert with others and making a terrorist threat. He was sentenced to juvenile camp.

Another 17-year-old admitted to possession of a destructive device and vehicle burglary and was also sent to camp.

A 16-year-old who admitted to a terrorist threat was placed on probation. All three of the youths were ordered to disassociate from one another, sever connections with supremacist groups, undergo counseling and stop wearing "skinhead" attire.

December 2007: Police in Stevenson Ranch arrested Deadline Skins members Christopher Johnsen, 20, of Canyon Country, and Travis Wanke, 28, of Valencia, on December 11, 2007, after they allegedly attacked an African-American man in a Santa Clarita restaurant. According to witnesses, Wanke exposed his swastika and other white supremacist tattoos and shouted racial slurs at the victim just prior to the physical altercation. Wanke has several white supremacist tattoos, including an Iron Cross with a swastika, the number 14, and skinhead-style combat boots. He was allegedly wearing a jacket with Waffen SS lightning bolts on the front during the altercation. Battery and felony hate crime charges were filed against both Wanke and Johnsen, and on February 5, 2009, a judge in Newhall County Court set a preliminary trial date for the two men.

Race relations have gotten tremendously better in Canyon Country, mostly from tolerance programs such as Canyon High Leadership. Because of this less action has been seen from them, and therefore less hate crimes.


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