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By Russell Banks

With the US ever below international scrutiny, Russell Banks contemplates the questions of our origins, values, heroes, conflicts, and contradictions. He writes with conversational ease and emotional perception, drawing on modern politics, literature, movie, and his wisdom of yankee historical past.

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63 It is holiday time in 1960s Newhall in this photograph of San Fernando Road (now Main Street) and Market Street, looking north. The building with the castle-like roofline on the left was the blacksmith shop, run by Thomas 64 McNaughton Frew II. Frew, a native of Scotland, rode into town in 1900 and purchased the shop from local businessman James Gulley. He was succeeded in the business by his son Tom III and grandson Tom IV. It closed in 1970. The New West 3 c h a p t e r Newhallywood Silent Western film superstar Tom Mix, seated at left in the white hat, pauses in Newhall with some of his cast and crew members during filming of Tom Mix in Arabia (1922).

The new roundabout was constructed The New West near the southern end of the Walk of Western Stars, a city-supported project honoring the rich history of Western movie production in the SCV. 53 This photograph from the 1930s looking south from Market Street along Spruce Street (today’s Main Street) shows the Swall Hotel and Newhall Pharmacy on the right side of the street. Albert Swall originally ran a meat market on Railroad 54 Avenue before moving to this location in 1914 after the owner raised his rent.

The last passenger train stopped here in 1971, 36 and the depot closed for good on November 15, 1978. After a successful fundraising effort led by Ruth Newhall, the station was moved to its present location at Newhall’s Heritage Junction in 1980. The Old West At the time of this postcard from the 1920s, only a small two-lane highway, now called the Old Road (previously Route 99), and a Southern Pacific rail line traversed the Newhall Pass. On the right are the original cascades of the Los Angeles The Old West Aqueduct, completed the previous decade.

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