Richard Boone as Paladin and Valerie French as Secura in "Have Gun — Will Travel" (1960)
Maybe "love" is overstating it, but suffice to say Richard Boone, as Paladin, and Valerie French, as Secura Celine, hooked up in the Iverson Gorge during season three of the TV Western "Have Gun — Will Travel." It was clear the two characters had warm feelings toward each other — at least by TV Western standards.
Paladin emerges from Devil's Doorway in "Ransom"
The characters' fling was part of an episode titled "Ransom," which premiered June 4, 1960, near the end of season three. "Have Gun — Will Travel" chalked up an impressive 226 episodes during its six seasons on CBS, spanning 1957-1963. Many of those episodes included location shoots at the Iverson Movie Ranch, with the bulk of the location work for "Ransom" taking place in Iverson's Upper Gorge.
The widely filmed features Crown Rock, Crown Bench and Rock Island remain neighbors today, although only about half of Crown Rock has survived and at least two-thirds of Rock Island is now buried beneath tons of dirt that was used in grading for condo development. I've blogged previously about the weird fate of Rock Island, and you can read my most recent post about it by clicking here.
Details on the fate of Crown Rock appear in my post about Ray Harryhausen's monster from "20 Million Miles to Earth," which you can find here. I'll also point you to a post from several years ago about Crown Rock, which you can read by clicking here. It has additional photos of Crown Bench, and includes an unusual four-second video that contains Crown Rock, Crown Bench and Rock Island.