Acton is an unincorporated Census-designated place in Los Angeles County, California near the Antelope Valley. According to the 2000 census, the CDP had a population of 2,390, while the Greater Acton area (which includes the CDP) had a population of 9,175.
In Terminator 2: Judgment Day, the T-800 appears in Acton near a bar called The Corral, where he acquires clothing and a motorcycle from a biker. He also takes a shotgun and a pair of sunglasses from the bar's owner. After procuring these items, the T-800 steps off the patio into the camera's view to the tune of George Thoroghgood's Bad to the Bone.
Acton was founded in 1887 by gold miners who were working in the Red Rover Mine. It was named after Acton, Massachusetts by one of the miners. Two of the best-known gold mines located in Acton were the Red Rover mine and the Governors mine. Mining of Gold, copper, and titanium ore continued into the early 1900s.
Acton was once considered for the State capital of California. California Governor Henry T. Gage (1899-1903) owned the Red Rover Mine and sought to relocate the capital to Acton. This effort ultimately failed and the capital was not moved from Sacramento.
In the late 1880s, Acton started to become more of a ranching and farming community.
In 1889, Acton's first hotel and its first saloon, the 49er Bar and Grill(Sutters Mill), was opened, and it is still open for business. You can tie off your horse on a side rail while you visit the saloon. The bank in the same shopping center was seen in the Clint Eastwood movie "Blood Work".