In 1866, General Edward Beale purchased a town called Rancho Castaic and shortened its name. A train stop for the Southern Pacific Railroad was built in the town in 1887. Castaic's first school was established in 1889. When the Old Ridge Route opened in 1914, Castaic was known as a primary stop featuring restaurants and auto shops. Since then, Castaic has grown into a pleasant residential community.
Castaic is located at the northern end of the Santa Clarita Valley and is the gateway to many Southern California attractions. Nearby Six Flags Magic Mountain is the proud holder of more than ten world records including “the world's fastest and tallest suspended, looping boomerang coaster.” Adjacent to Magic Mountain is Hurricane Harbor, a family water park featuring speed slides. An ice-skating rink, family fun center and miniature golf area are located in nearby Saugus, Valencia and Santa Clarita.
The approximately 8,800-acre Castaic Lake Recreation Area is a favorite hiking, biking, swimming, boating, fishing and camping destination. The upper lake allows powered boats while the lower lake only permits non-powered boats. Vasquez Rocks County Park, which spans about 750 acres, was once home to the Tatavian Indians. Residents enjoy biking, camping, rock climbing and horseback riding at the park. The San Bernardino Mountains, southeast of Castaic, are the home of boating, fishing and skiing destinations such as Lake Arrowhead, Big Bear Lake and Wrightwood. The approximately 19,000-acre Hungry Valley State Vehicle Recreation Area located north of town is the second largest off-road vehicle area in California.
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