Bell Ranch's old Western town included a white mansion, sometimes seen as a boarding house, at the east end of town. In the vintage shot above, you can see the same strata rock formation in the background that appears in the recent shot at the top of this post.
Arrival scene from the 1971 "Bonanza" episode
"The Rattlesnake Brigade"
A portion of the old Bell Ranch was explored recently as part of a film history expedition, and some nice insights surfaced. Among them, shooting sites were identified for the "Bonanza" episode "The Rattlesnake Brigade," which aired Dec. 5, 1971. Above is a screen shot from the episode showing Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) and a couple of his buddies arriving to try to rescue a group of young people being held hostage.
Click here to see a blog post about an episode of "Star Trek: The Original Series" that was also shot on Bell Ranch's lower plateau.
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