Reminiscing with Newbury Park Memories on a Rainy Sunday Afternoon

By William Hicks

I moved to Newbury Park close to 40 years ago. At that time Rancho Sierra Vista was private property owned by The Danielson Family; namely Dr. Danielson was who I saw frequently.

It was once a working horse and cattle ranch but Dr. Danielson was a gracious land owner that allowed people, like me, to cross over his property to hike the adjoining Santa Monica Mountain range where Boney Mountain is at. Many times I would run across him in his truck and he would offer me and my oldest Daughter a ride to the road if we were approaching sunset.

There is an Old Cabin Site where all that remains is the foundation and a fireplace. A short distance away from it is Dr. Danielson’s burial site. He was a very generous man that donated the majority of his property to The State of California and The National Park Service. The community, and those from far off, have made this area a common place to visit.

Bt the way, the pond in the attached photo was kept full from natural aquifers that were pumped in and my Oldest Daughter caught her first fish in this very pond. Fond memories of a kind Gentleman and the joy it was to have my children experience what Rancho Sierra Vista’s roots came from.

An overflowing stock pond at Rancho Sierra Vista in Newbury Park – Photo Credit William Hicks

William Hicks is a long time resident of Newbury Park and is retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District

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