"Bells of Rosarita" (Roy Rogers, 1945) — Grove Cabin
One of the so-called "permanent" buildings on the old Iverson Movie Ranch was a small cabin located in the Eucalyptus Grove, known as the Grove Cabin.
Pear Rock, next to Grove Cabin ("Bells of Rosarita")
The Grove Cabin was located immediately west of Pear Rock, seen here in the same "Bells of Rosarita" sequence as Roy and the boys sneak up on the cabin.
Pear Rock as it appears today
Pear Rock is still around. The angle isn't exactly the same, but you may be able to spot some of the same markings on the rock in the above two photos.
"Bells of Rosarita" — Pear Rock, left, and Grove Cabin
This shot from the "Bells of Rosarita" sequence shows Pear Rock on the left and Grove Cabin on the right, with a blurry Gabby Hayes in the middle. Note the muffin-shaped rock above the cabin.
"Law of the Canyon" (Charles Starrett, 1947)
For a period of time the Grove Cabin had this odd-looking fake mine next to it. This mine was unusual because the light-colored fake rock material was combined with an actual rock — the darker angular part to the right of the mine entrance — giving the construction a two-tone effect.
The fake mine area as it appears today
The angular rock that was a part of the mine construction is still in place — here's what it looks like today (near the center of the photo). Also visible in this photo is the tall muffin-shaped boulder that looms above Grove Cabin in the movie shots.
"Law of the Canyon"
This blurry shot from "Law of the Canyon" shows the proximity of the fake mine, on the right, to Grove Cabin, on the left.
"Circus Boy" TV show episode "The Masked Marvel" (premiered Dec. 9, 1956)
Grove Cabin stood from about 1939-1958, a long time by movie set standards. Near the end of that run a second cabin was added to the set, immediately west of the original cabin.
"Gunsmoke" episode "Claustrophobia" (premiered Jan. 25, 1958)
This shot from the TV series "Gunsmoke" again captures the two Grove Cabins, along with some of the Grove's trademark eucalyptus trees.
"Bells of Rosarita": Muffin-shaped rock behind the cabin
Another shot from "Bells of Rosarita" highlights the rock's muffin shape.
The Grove Cabin site in 2016
A recent photo of the area where the Grove Cabin once stood shows Pear Rock on the left and the muffin-shaped rock on the right.