King's Station

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King's Station, also known as Moore's and Hollandsville, was a stagecoach station of the Butterfield Overland Mail between 1858-1861 and was used by earlier and later stagecoach lines.

King's was located 10 miles south of Widow Smith's Station in the lower reach of the San Francisquito Canyon and 12 miles north of Lyons Station.[1] King's stage station, known as "Moore's", dated from 1854 when the Fort Tejon wagon route opened up, but by 1858, when the reporter Waterman L. Ormsby passed through on the Butterfield Overland Mail it was known as Kings Station.[1] It was the first stage stop northerly from Lyon Station.

Hollandsville and Hollands[edit]

In 1860, this station, now called "Hollandsville," was attacked by three Mexicans, killing two men.[2][3] About 1880, Charles Raggio, acquired this ranch from the Perea family, and it became known as the Raggio Ranch. Later in 1894, it was the post office for the surrounding settlement known as Hollands, or Hollandsville.[4]

Destruction of the Station site[edit]

Raggio Ranch and the old station building and the surrounding topography were washed away and altered in the great flood caused by the failure of the St. Francis Dam March 12, 1928. The only marker of its location is the Ruiz family cemetery, that remained above the flood waters. The stagecoach stop, was located just below the cemetery.[5] The Raggio Ranch was rebuilt and remained in the family until after the 1940's.[6]

The Ruiz Family Cemetery is on private land at 29615 North San Francisquito Canyon Road in Santa Clarita. A mobile home, built on the property in 1963, is located below the cemetery that remains there.[7]


  1. ^ a b Waterman L. Ormsby, Lyle H. Wright, Josephine M. Bynum, The Butterfield Overland Mail: Only Through Passenger on the First Westbound Stage. Henry E. Huntington Library and Art Gallery, 2007. pp. viii, 167, 173.
  2. ^ THE STORY OF OUR VALLEY BY A.B. PERKINS, 4. Early Transportation, Six White Horses
  3. ^ Notes of a Trip to Los Angeles No. 1, Daily Alta California, Volume 12, Number 3888, 5 October 1860 — Page 1
  4. ^ Frickstad, Walter N., A Century of California Post Offices 1848-1954, Philatelic Research Society, Oakland, CA. 1955, pp. 70-84.
  5. ^ Raggio Ranch San Francisquito Canyon, Santa Clarita Valley History in Pictures
  6. ^ Raggio Ranch, San Franciscquito Canyon
  7. ^, Ruiz-Perea Family Cemetery

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