Sunday, January 8, 2012
Spahn Movie Ranch, as seen from the Iverson Movie Ranch
This little cluster of buildings in the background caught my eye during a scan of a "Have Gun Will Travel" episode, and after some detective work I figured out that it was part of the Spahn Movie Ranch. The episode is "Show of Force," which first aired Nov. 9, 1957, and the shot is taken from the Iverson Movie Ranch, shooting toward the west, probably along the western edge of Garden of the Gods.
The buildings seen just to the left of center in the photo were located in the northeast corner of the Spahn Ranch property, on the south side of Santa Susana Pass Road, which can't be seen in the photo. These buildings and the rest of the structures at Spahn were destroyed in the same fire in September 1970 that destroyed most of the remaining sets at Iverson — along with Corriganville to the west, in Simi Valley. The fire ravaged a huge area from Newhall to Malibu.
In the shot above, the flat area on the right, above the head of the guy in the black hat, is now the site of the Rocky Peak Church, west of Iverson. Toward the left, the winding mountain road directly above the Spahn buildings is a dirt road that I think is referred to as West Santa Susana Pass Road, which still exists today and is probably a hiking area.