Wickham Canyon, Santa Clarita, California


Looking south into Wickham Canyon from Pico Canyon Road (10/26/2014)


Sometime between the years 1930 and 1932 Eldon Blaine Wickham and his son Robert Eldon moved deep into a canyon that would eventually bear their name. Except for the years 1944-1948, Eldon lived continuously in the canyon at least until 1960 and probably until 1963, the year he died. When the canyon officially became Wickham Canyon I don't know, but for a long time people in the area called it Wickham's canyon because the Wickhams lived there.

Today, the entrance to the canyon is blocked by a fence and gate because it is private property. I don't know how far back the private property is, but it is possible that the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy owns much of the inner canyon, including the Wickham homesite. There used to be what looked to be a storage facility at the mouth of the canyon just inside of the gate, but that was removed by the end of 2014.

In September of 2014, a notice was posted saying that a draft environmental impact report was being planned for a housing project. This will be the Aidlin Hills project and was conditionally approved on August 17, 2016 (see below link).


Pages:

The Wickham Family
The Larinan Family
Bill Rundberg's Memories of Wickham Canyon
History of Oil Development
Photos
Aidlin Hills Housing Project