A Landing a Day

Just another WordPress.com weblog

Piru, California

Posted by graywacke on January 24, 2010

First timer?  In this (hopefully) once-a-day blog, I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is and what the various numbers and abbreviations mean), please see “About Landing,” (and “Abbreviations” and “Cryptic Numbers”) above.

Dan –  Hangin’ tough with another USer . . . CA; 87/99; 6/10; 9; 152.4.  Here’s my landing map, showing my proximity to Piru and Fillmore:


I landed in the watershed of a new river, the Santa Clara, which flows directly to the PO.  Here’s a shot of the Santa Clara near Piru:


Here’s a somewhat broader landing view, showing my proximity to LA and the PO:


Here’s my broadest landing view:


Here’s an oblique GE shot, showing that I landed in some rugged mountain country:


Here’s a broader oblique GE shot:


My first GE shot is actually looking west, towards Toms Canyon (which, according to StreetAtlas, becomes Hopper Canyon) and has an unnamed tributary in it.  Anyway, this unnamed trib flows south out of the mountains, crossing Rt 126 very close to where the railroad tracks also cross Rt. 126, just west of Piru (you can see this on my landing map).

GE’s Street View gives us this shot of Hopper Canyon in the background and the unnamed trib (with the railroad bridge over it):


So,  during a rainstorm (which I assume are fairly infrequent here), precipitation landing on my landing (“landing on my landing”??) would end up rushing undernearth first the railroad bridge and then the Rt. 126 bridge, on its way to the Santa Clara (which is located just south of Rt. 126).  In fact, here’s the view looking south from the same place, showing the unnamed trib headed towards the Santa Clara (not too far away, but not visible):

Wow.  Very funny thing just happened – I just wrote the words about infrequent rains, and I thought about the fact that CA is being pounded by weather as I type.  So, I went to Weather.com, and checked out the weather radar for Piru.  Take a look at this!


It’s raining hard; even snowing in the higher elevations.  In your minds eye, add some water to that picture above!

About Piru, from Wiki:

The area was originally inhabited by the Tataviam Indians.  They left information about themselves chiseled into and painted on rocky overhangs and secreted caves throughout the local mountains.  The name Piru (originally pronounced PEE-roo) in English is derived from the Tataviam language word for the tule reeds growing along Piru Creek that were used in making baskets.

Here’s a 1910 picture of Juan Jose Fustero, supposedly the last full-blooded Tataviam Indian known to be alive:


Back to Wiki:

Legend has it that the pronunciation was changed by conductors of Southern Pacific Railroad trains, who would shout out, “Pie-roo!” when pulling into town.  Another story tells of a Piru restaurant known for good pies. The owner hung a sign proclaiming, “We Put The Pie In Piru.”

There was quite the fire near Fillmore in September 2009.  Here are a couple of pictures from the mountains above Fillmore:


Back to Piru . . . here’s a picture of a house known as the Piru (or Newhall) Mansion:


Here’s a shot showing that the house is right up near the mountains:


The website PiruMansion.com features this house, which is available for filming and events.  From the website:

Filming has resumed at the Newhall Mansion in Piru, California, following a four year restoration.  The Mansion has been used in many films and TV products, including:

  • Murder, She Wrote
  • The Incredible Hulk
  • Charlie’s Angels
  • Payne
  • Ping!
  • American Wedding
  • Reno 911
  • and many more

Notable actors appearing in films shot at the Newhall Mansion include Shelley Winters, June Allyson, Buddy Ebsen, Ricardo Montalban, Robert Duvall, Patty Duke, James Garner, Angela Lansbury, Shirley Jones, John Larroquette and others.

In addition, the town itself has been the site of many movies, too numerous to mention here . . .

Staying with the Hollywood theme, from DivaReport.com, about Christina Aguilera:

Check out Christina Aguilera as she started filming her new upcoming movie, ‘Burlesque’ in Piru, California on November 17, 2009.  Christina Aguilera was on set filming a scene where her character packs up and leaves for El Lay to pursue a singing career and eventually gets hired by Cher to work at her burlesque club.  The story centers on Ali, an ambitious small-town girl with a big-town voice (Aguilera) who finds love, family and success in a neo-burlesque club.

“Grey’s Anatomy” star Eric Dane will round out the ensemble cast of Screen Gems’ upcoming musical.  Dane will play Marcus, a charming, successful businessman who offers to buy Tess (Cher) out of the burlesque club and vies for Ali’s heart.

OK, I’ll admit it:  I’m an old fuddy-dud who wouldn’t know Christina Aguilera if I bumped into her . . .

Just north of Piru is the Lake Piru.  Here are  some photographs of the lake, starting with a very artsy shot of the dam and lake:

I’ll close with this lovely piece of art by Kendra Page, entitled “Early Morning,” which depicts a springtime scene just outside of Fillmore (check her out at KendraPageFineArt.com):


That’ll do it.

KS

Greg

© 2009 A Landing A Day

About these ads

5 Responses to “Piru, California”

  1. John Nielsen said

    As a former resident of the Piru Mansion — way back in the early 1960s — it’s always fun to see them on the web.

    What wonderful places the town and the house are. Time warps, both of them. Is there still a Methodist Church at the top of Main Street? Is the elementary school still open?

    I live in fear that someday I’ll drive out to see it and find that none of it was never there.

    John

  2. John Nielsen said

    Some interesting info missing from your posting, BTW.

    –The town of Piru was established near the turn of the last century by David Cook, am Illinois native who made a fortune in religious pamphets. After purchasing part of an old Spanish land grant, Cook built the Mansion, the Church and much of Main Street — and then tried to fill his town with non-drinking, non-smoking Christians who would help him harvest orchards he had planted. It’s said that things went well until the railroad arrived and with it lots of sinners. Not long afterwards Cook sold out to an oil company and left California.

    You can find a ton of stories about Piru and Fillimore on the SCV (Santa Clarita Valley) Heritage webpage. Check out the stories of the night the local dam burst, sending a giant wall of mud and rocks down through the Valley, towards the ocean.

    Like I said, a time warp.

  3. Jim said

    Really nice site. Great photos!

  4. I lived in Piru from First grade till 5th grade .I went to both the school and i love the town my grandparents jived there till they passed a way their name was Everson. cvould say so much about the town miss it

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

 
Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 29 other followers

%d bloggers like this: