History of Romero Canyon

Romero Canyon received its name from the Romero‚Äôs who homesteaded their property in 1913. Romero’s father, known to neighbors as “Old Man Romero,” lived to age 104 before he died in 1947. According to Marylynn Butler “It snowed the very day they started building their house”. Marylynn was the daughter of the late World War I veteran, Pvt. Norman C. Winkler, who built the 600-square-foot Winkler ranch home in 1962. Which was later destroyed by the 2,183-acre Castaic fire of Aug. 27, 2001, the cabin was later rebuilt by Phil Scorza see more under history of Winkler Cabin.

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The Great Castaic Range War

When the law of the land failed to deliver justice in the late 19th century, the remedy was often sought with a gun.

The Great Castaic Range War started when neighboring ranchers laid claim to the same tract of land. The bloody conflict was the most enduring feud in southern Californian history, lasting more than a quarter of a century. It claimed at least eight lives, some of them innocent bystanders. Several sources claim as many as 21 lives were lost in the dispute.

In 1872, William Willoby Jenkins staked a large claim along Castaic Creek. Six years later, he established a ranch he named the Lazy Z. It was located near the present-day intersection of Lake Hughes Road and Castaic Road.

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Castaic Train Station

The Castaic train station. All of it. The Southern Pacific Railroad Company erected the siding at Castaic Junction (near today’s State Route 126) in 1887…The little siding was wiped out in the St. Francis Dam disaster of March 12-13, 1928.

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