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John Boston and SCV Historical Society author book of historical photos

Posted: April 18, 2009 11:33 a.m.
Updated: April 18, 2009 11:30 a.m.

John Boston and his daughter Indiana Boston.

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John Boston and the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society have joined forces to offer the SCV a new pictorial history published by Arcadia Publishing.

The book, part of the Images of America series, is a 127 page look at the history of the SCV beginning with the SCV's first inhabitants, the Tataviam, followed by the arrival of the Spanish - told through photos and illustrations.

"Last summer Jerry Roberts, the editor of Arcadia called me and told me that everyone in town said I was the one to do this book," said Boston, a former columnist for The Signal. "It was one of those community services projects you can't turn your back on, but I didn't know how much work I was getting myself into, it was very labor intensive."

Boston is no stranger to book publishing; he is the author of "Naked Came the Sasquatch" and recently completed another novel, "Adam Henry."

During his career as a columnist with The Signal Boston won numerous awards for his column writing including the Will Rogers Humanitarian Achievement Award.

Boston, a graduate of William S. Hart High School, said he had to miss his 40-year high school reunion to finish the Images of America book on the SCV.

"It was just one of those things with deadlines," he said. "It was a tough project but Pat Saletore from the SCV Historical Society was a dreamboat to work with. Also, I couldn't have done it without Leon Worden."

The book includes many photographs of early SCV settlers and others whose names dot the SCV including Henry Mayo Newhall, William S. Hart, Tiburcio Vasquez and others.

The major historical themes of the SCV, mines, oil, the San Francis Dam disaster and Hollywood are all covered in this book, as well as a section devoted to The Signal and the incorporation of parts of the SCV into the city of Santa Clarita.

The rural and Western heritage of the Santa Clarita Valley is also celebrated with photos of rodeos and cowboys on horseback.
Photos of early Newhall show a Main Street unrecognizable today.

"I'm really, really happy with the book. It was something that the valley needed and I think it is good read," Boston said. "But it also just scratches the surface. I still would like to write that definitive story of the valley with more text then photos."

Boston will appear at the Cowboy Festival to be held April 25-26 at Melody Ranch to autograph the book. He will be available 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

"Santa Clarita Valley" retails for $21.99.

For individuals who would like to get a book and are unable to attend the festival Boston can be reached at (661) 373-1293 or at www.thebostonreport.net.

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