"The Ghost Rider of Elsmere Canyon" by Jerry Reynolds


The following fictional article was from the Daily Signal of 10/27/93 entitled "Tales of the Unknown". It was written (and illustrated) by Jerry Reynolds, the curator of the Santa Clarita Valley Historical Society at that time.


The Ghost Rider of Elsmere Canyon

Elsmere Canyon is much in the news lately as the site of a proposed landfill, however it is doubtful if the pending environmental impact report will mention Cadaverico Caballero, The Ghastly Horseman.

Really, far from ghastly, this apparition is a proud, well-dressed Spanish-Mexican grandee riding an elegant horse loaded with silver mounted trappings. He first appeared in the 1840's, as reported by such pioneers as H. C. Wiley and Maj. Horace Bell, and was later documented by Signal editor Fred Trueblood and valley historian A. B. Perkins, who dubbed him "The Ghost Rider."

During the light of the full moon, the Don canters up the canyon looking only straight ahead. He seems bent on a quest, oblivious to present day intrusions. There are those who believe he is the shadow of Don Antonio del Valle, the original owner of the land, surveying his property, still.

The jangle of buckles, squeak of leather, clopping of hooves upon the ground and ringing of spurs are heard, even if the rider is not seen, although witnesses claim to feel a tingle running up their spines and the hair rise on the back of their necks. When seen, the ghost rider is ramrod straight in the saddle, clad as a Mexican vaquero of the 1830's with black sombrero and long flowing serape or cape. What the "Ghost Rider" might be searching for is a mystery, still.