A trade crossroads dating back to Native American times, Santa Clarita may be relatively new in the story of Los Angeles Countyâ€™s suburban sprawl, but old-timers also recall it as the â€śNavel of the Universe.â€ť A Chinese general once declared the Santa Clarita Valley one of the top 10 military targets on Earth. Located east of the Ventura County line where the valley creates a break in the Angeles National Forest, Santa Clarita has been home to cowboys, movie stars, farmers, and pistol fighters. With a diverse population of 250,000 today, the Santa Clarita Valley still boasts an eclectic heritage. The Westâ€™s first major oil refinery is located here. The ground was bloodied by at least 21 deaths in one of Americaâ€™s last and greatest range wars. And local lore has maintained that the worldâ€™s largest grizzly bear, weighing more than a ton, was shot here.