Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Movies in the Santa Clarita Valley, Part 7: The Walk of Western Stars

The city of Newhall in the Santa Clarita Valley has a rich history of movie making. Movies were being made there as early as 1903. "Bronco Billy's Christmas Dinner" was filmed there in 1912, starring Newhall resident Gilbert Anderson. Charlie Chaplin, Tom Mix and of course William Hart settled and/or worked in the Newhall area for many years. W.C Fields is shown here around 1935 in the front of his home on 8th Street in Newhall.

To honor its rich Western heritage, Newhall installed a Walk of Western Stars in 1981. Originally named the Western Walk of Fame, the name was changed after the Hollywood Walk of Fame sued over the use of the phrase "Walk of Fame." Cowboy stars and other notable people who contributed to movie making in the SCV have been inducted and immortalized on the Walk every year until 1994, when copyright issues and an earthquake known as the Northridge quake put a stop to the installations. But they began again in 2000. Here's one of the very first inductees, Tom Mix, and Tony the Wonder Horse.

Here are a list of the inductees; at the end of the list is a link to an interactive map where you can see where the stars are installed.

2007 INDUCTEES:
Harry Dean Stanton
Phil Rawlins
Sons of the San Joaquin

2006 INDUCTEES:
James Arness
Rhonda Fleming
Robert Horton
Andrew Prine

2005 INDUCTEES:
Powers Boothe
Harry Carey Jr.
Graham Greene
Jack Williams

2004 INDUCTEES:
Keith Carradine
Melissa Gilbert
Loren Janes
Buck Page

2003 INDUCTEES:
William Boyd (Posthumous)
Bruce Dern
Riders in the Sky
Buck Taylor

2002 INDUCTEES:
Alex Cord
Peggy Stewart
John Schneider

2001 INDUCTEES:
Linda Gray
Herb Jeffries
Wilford Brimley
Jo Anne Darcy (Lifetime Achievement)

2000 INDUCTEES:
Peter Brown
Don Edwards
Richard Farnsworth
Dale Evans (Lifetime Achievement)

1993 INDUCTEES:
Sam Elliott
Jack Palance
Katharine Ross
Woody Strode
Stuart Whitman

1992 INDUCTEES:
Virginia Mayo
Montie Montana
Jane Russell

1991 INDUCTEES:
Hoyt Axton
George Montgomery
Hugh O'Brien
Denver Pyle

1990 INDUCTEES:
Bruce Boxleitner
Lee Horsley
Cliffie Stone
Morgan Woodward

1988-89 INDUCTEES:
Hoot Gibson
Doug McClure
Dale Roberston

1987 INDUCTEES:
Amada Blake
Harry Carey, Sr.
Ben Johnson

1985-86 INDUCTEES:
Iron Eyes Cody
Chuck Connors
Monte Hale

1984 INDUCTEES:
Robert Conrad
Clayton Moore
Clint Walker
John Wayne
Dennis Weaver

1983 INDUCTEES:
Claude Akins
Pat Buttram
Dale Evans
Andy Jauregui
Roy Rogers
Tex Williams

1982 INDUCTEES:
Rex Allen
Eddie Dean
Tex Ritter (Posthumous)

1981 INDUCTEES:
Gene Autry
William S. Hart
Tom Mix


Go to this interactive map of the Walk of Western Stars to see where your favorite star is honored.

1 comment:

Charles Gramlich said...

I didn't even know this walk existed. Cool. Some great names on that list.