"Silverland Clump" — the major surviving rock formation in Silverland
This part of what was once the Lower Iverson was largely destroyed after the land was sold off for development of the mobile home park in 1963. Only a handful of the area's rock formations survived.
West end of the Silverland Clump
Located at the top of the Topanga Cut, which was carved out in the 1960s to put Topanga through to the new 118 Freeway, the Silverland Clump effectively marks the eastern boundary of the Lower Iverson.
"Johnny Ringo" TV series (1959): Peter Whitney in Silverland
The Silverland Clump turns up in a number of old productions. Here's a shot from the "Johnny Ringo" TV series, from the episode "Dead Wait," which premiered Nov. 19, 1959.
"Canyon Ambush" (Monogram, 1952)
The same rock is again on the left in the Johnny Mack Brown B-Western "Canyon Ambush." Virtually all of the same background rocks are seen in the above two photos, about 60 years apart.
"Texas City" (Monogram, 1952)
Silverland turns up again in another Johnny Mack Brown movie from 1952, "Texas City."
"From Hell to Texas" (20th Century-Fox, 1958)
Here's a nice shot of Silverland from the Don Murray-Chill Wills Western "From Hell to Texas." Click on the photo to get the full panoramic effect.
"The Cisco Kid" TV series (1954)
One of the signoff sequences used during the TV series "The Cisco Kid" was filmed in Silverland. An early color Western TV show, "The Cisco Kid" aired in syndication for six seasons, from 1950-1956.
A short distance west of the Silverland Clump is this inconspicuous diagonal slab of sandstone. It may not look like much, but it contributes to the collective understanding of the area by its sheer force of will — by having survived.
"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp" TV series (1958)
The same diagonal slab can be spotted in old productions. In the above shot from the "Wyatt Earp" episode "Three," the diagonal rock appears toward the right of the frame. The episode premiered May 13, 1958.
"The Man From Colorado" (1948): Saucer at top left
This is a more familiar angle on Saucer — you can't miss it in the top left corner in this shot from the Columbia Western "The Man From Colorado." You may also recognize Mushroom Rock at the center of the frame.
Saucer today — an old friend from the movies
This is the top of Saucer in its current environs — its former high perch now just a figment of the past. Due to drastic changes in the terrain, it is impossible today to see the rock from the angles used in the movies.
Saucer today — another angle, pretty much the same
Saucer is worth another look, even if there's not much to see. The discovery that Saucer remains in place and can be identified is significant, while also frustrating due to the rock's diminished stature.
"Silver Range" (Monogram, 1946) — Saucer in its glory days
Saucer juts out prominently next to Johnny Mack Brown's head in the B-Western "Silver Range."
has also survived and which I've blogged about before. You may recognize Raymond Hatton on the left.
"Man From Sonora" (Monogram, 1951)
One more shot of Saucer in better days — the way a proud movie rock deserves to be remembered.
"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp": Scoop Rock
Scoop Rock, or Jump Rock, appears at the left of the frame in this shot from the TV series "The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp." This is another shot from the episode "Three."
Ice cream scoop — or as I like to call it, a "scooping iron"
I believe this is the kind of ice cream scoop that gives the rock its name. The name that I first heard for the rock feature was Jump Rock, but when I later heard it called Scoop Rock, the name resonated.
"Bonanza" episode "My Brother's Keeper" (premiered April 7, 1963)
The "Bonanza" episode "My Brother's Keeper" would be one of the final productions to shoot in Silverland, with the episode premiering the same year the land was sold off, 1963.
"My Brother's Keeper": Most of these rocks are gone now
Another shot from the "Bonanza" episode displays a bunch of rocks that were northeast of Scoop Rock. For the most part, these rocks have been cleared out.
"Perils of Nyoka" (1942) — Kinda Like Doglips
The dominant rock feature in Silverland during the filming era was this beauty. I call it "Kinda Like Doglips," because in the early days of my research I confused it with Doglips, located elsewhere on the Lower Iverson.
"Son of Paleface" (Paramount, 1952)
A color version of Kinda Like Doglips lurks in the background in this shot from the Bob Hope-Jane Russell-Roy Rogers Western comedy "Son of Paleface."
"Overland Trail" TV series (1960) — Kinda Like Doglips, on the left
The Western TV series "Overland Trail" includes this shot of Kinda Like Doglips from a slightly different angle. The shot comes from the episode "The O'Mara's Ladies," which was filmed in 1959 but premiered Feb. 14, 1960.
"Texas City" (1952) — Silverland, including the shadow of Kinda Like Doglips
Here's an intriguing shot from the Monogram B-Western "Texas City," with the shadow of Doglips filling much of the right half of the frame.
"The Living Bible" (Family Films, 1952): The Rock in Question
The Rock in Question once stood behind Jesus when he appeared in Silverland.
"The Lone Ranger Rides Again" (Republic serial, released Feb. 25, 1939)
The rock's fame doesn't end there: The Rock in Question can make a claim to being the original "Lone Ranger Rock," appearing as Silver rears up in the Republic serials, a good 20 years before Clayton Moore's more famous rearing-up sequence about a half-mile west of here.
"Texas City" (1952)
Another shot from "Texas City" reveals a wide variety of Silverland rocks. Sadly, most of these are gone now.
Silverland gets its name from footage of the Lone Ranger taming a still-wild Silver. Iverson expert Ben Burtt introduced the name several years ago, and it caught on.
"The Lone Ranger" TV show: Episode 2, "The Lone Ranger Fights On"
The footage appears both in the second episode of the TV show "The Lone Ranger" and in the 1949 feature film "The Lone Ranger," an edit of the first three episodes of the TV series.
"The Lone Ranger Fights On"
I can't look at this picture without seeing the large head of a llama to the left of the Lone Ranger.
The most "raccoon-like" shot of Raccoon Rock may be this one from "The Roy Rogers Show."
Raccoon Rock also sneaks into other shots where it's less obvious. This shot from "The Roy Rogers Show" features an unusual angle on the rock and the area below it.
"The Lone Ranger" — "The Letter Bride"
Raccoon Rock was relatively high, causing it to pop up in the background in shots taken along the heavily filmed chase road in front of Range Rider Rock, as in this shot from the color season of "The Lone Ranger."
Silverland today — the concrete basin
The exact purpose of the concrete basin has never been clear to me, but the story generally told is that the site was supposed to be some kind of sewage facility for the adjacent mobile home park.
"The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp": "Three" (1958) — Silverland
Silverland's glory days are well behind it, but in its day, it was a special place.
"White Squaw" (1956) — Kinda Like Doglips in background
It was a corner of the Iverson Movie Ranch that left behind an impressive screen legacy.
"From Hell to Texas" (1958)
For all that is known today about Silverland, it remains a land of mystery.