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Tuesday, September 01, 2009

The Popular Newcomb's Ranch Inn, R.I.P. ??

"Here's hoping that Newcomb's survive's to see the winter"
If the rumor is true that the historic Newcomb's Ranch was burned in the Station Fire, then the "Ghost of Louie Newcomb" must be shedding a tear.
The historic Newcomb's Ranch has been an Angeles Crest Highway and Angeles National Forest Landmark for decades. Many hikers, drivers, campers, and especially the motorcycle community, have stopped in to rehydrate and inflate caloric intake with a "Newcombmizer" and "Newcomb Burger" respectively.
Newcomb's was and I hope will still be the gathering point for local residents which include Forest Service Employees, Cal Trans Workers from the Chilao Yard, Camp Caretakers, and some private residents.
Visitors to Newcomb's were greeted by Dennis and Tony from Burbank who tended bar, and the likes of Kristin, Kelly, Megan, Haley, and Monica who waited on the tables. And if one was lucky, they would meet Lynn Newcomb, who's family homesteaded the site which the restaurant is named after in the 19th Century.
It was my luck to be able to live in this area for a time in the 1990's and get to build friendships with many in the area.
Now today, speculation is that sites such as the Chilao Caltrans Yard, Angeles Forest Christian Camp, Chilao Visitor Center and Newcomb's are all gone.........................
Your memories and thoughts appreciated.
Great news regarding Angeles Crest Christian Camp.
As of Tuesday, September 1, at 5:00 p.m. - The camp is still safe and clear!
More great news!! We found out that there are firefighters at the camp and on Sulphur Springs Road (the road that leads to the camp entrance off of Highway 2)!
We have talked to the firefighters and there is no immediate threat to the camp.
The latest reports verify that there are still fires surrounding the camp but they are not moving toward the camp itself. There is literally a ring of fires around the camp however the camp remains safe.
We praise God for His protection!!
This report gives an idea on the size and scope of this historical conflagration.
** Caltrans workers at Chilao lost 3 out of 4 residents, but their new equipment barn escape damage. but the workers are not too happy about the supposed lack of protection for their homes, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The California Department of Transportation employees who lived at the remote location known as Chilao were deeply embittered by having been, as they put it, abandoned by firefighting crews as flames bore down on them Monday afternoon.
Some were too angry to talk about it. But equipment operator Robert Torres, whose home was the only residence spared, offered a few comments on their behalf.
“We were left on our own here,” he said. “At one point, there was a helicopter flying overhead with a bladder full of water and not dropping. What does that tell you?”
“Before we evacuated, we were waiting for a strike team to arrive or an aerial drop of water or fire retardant,” Torres said. “That never happened.”

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Anonymous Anonymous said:

Today is truly a sad day. I've worked for Crescenta Valley Tow for the last Ten years. Newcombs was always a great place to stop for us as we worked the mountains, it will be sorely missed.

Sam Bishop C.V. Tow...

September 01, 2009 3:45 PM  

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September 01, 2009 4:21 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

I would like to know The THree Wraths thoughts on this important subjectmatter.

September 01, 2009 5:18 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Nice personal post, Spot. Thanks for sharing your memories.

September 01, 2009 6:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Noone cares

September 01, 2009 7:02 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

This is a sad, sad loss. Newcomb's Ranch has fond memories for me. My mom, who is handicapped, had a wonderful visit there in recent years (I have pictures!) and talked about it so much and how she wanted to return. A wonderful, wonderful peaceful place. Also, Newcomb's Ranch was a stop along the AC100 run. Another fond memory. Yes...the run IS really 100 miles -- Wrightwood to JPL through the forest. Fond, precious memories.

September 01, 2009 10:26 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

ya- but the new owners of newcombs (about 8 years ago) encouraged the bears to eat trash out of their dumpster as it was not bear-proof and always unlocked/open. In fact the owner placed an ad in the valley scum....oops sun encouraging patrons to bring up a chair and watch the bears, and guess what -I saw some people sitting in the parking lot in chairs watching the bears rummage thru the dumpster one evening. Oh yea, and did you know that when bears eat human food they will associate humans with a meal? Fish and game shoots and kills these same bears when they start getting too close to people. Several bears can be shot in that area every summer! ! ! !
So, for the bears.......maybe newcombs' death is a good thing.

September 12, 2009 1:36 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

anyways, newcombs is still there

September 12, 2009 1:27 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

newcombs is still there

September 12, 2009 1:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Newcomb's Ranch IS open!!!! I stopped in for Chili today, December 5, 2009. Note: Tomorrow, Sunday Dec 6th, Caltrans is planning on closing the road due to winter conditions at around 5pm.

But it's exciting to have Highway 2 reopened, and the Ranch back in business!

December 05, 2009 9:28 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said:

Newcombs Ranch is open after the fires, and so is the Angels Crest Highway. The weather is going to be great this weekend.

In regards to the previous comments, the new owner has locked up the dumpster and is very conservative about the wildlife.

Check out the webpage

March 02, 2012 8:11 PM  

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