2009 - The Year of Valley History
Wooden frieze at the US Post Office, San Fernando. Stage coach in the San Fernando Valley - Photo by Gerald Fecht Nov. 2009 for the Archives of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley.
At the onset of the American Civil War, stage coaches serviced travelers in and through the San Fernando Valley. From 1861 to 1874, the Butterfield Stage Line traversed the Valley. One of the major stage stops was at Lopez Station in the North Valley. It was a way station connecting to service in and out of Los Angeles.
Stagecoaches also served customers along what is now Ventura Boulevard. The route was roughly along what is now Riverside Drive from Los Angeles across the Los Angeles River at Campo de Cahuenga and along El Camino Real to Ventura County.
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