Friday, November 11, 2011

Pico Canyon Ghost Town

Back in the 1930s Pico Canyon was home to town called Mentryville. Named after California oil tycoon Charles Alexander Mentry, and tucked away at the base of the chaparral covered hills of Pico Canyon, Mentryville was one of the first oil boom towns in the state, and was home to over 100 families in the early 1930s.

The entire settlement was built around its oil well located in the north end of Santa Clarita Woodlands Park. Known as Pico No. 4, the first commercially successful oil well in California, it began to drill in 1878 and produced millions in oil until it was shut down in 1990. More about Mentryville.