Fess Parker in "Daniel Boone" (1965)
Fess Parker became the quintessential TV version of not one but two legendary real-life American frontiersmen, first as Davy Crockett in a miniseries that aired from 1954-1955 as part of "Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color," and later as Daniel Boone in a popular adventure series that ran for six seasons on NBC, from 1964-1970.
Rock Island in the background, at top left. The episode premiered April 22, 1965, and featured this opening segment shot on the Lower Iverson along with a later segment taped on the Upper Iverson.
Fess Parker and young Darby Hinton in "Daniel Boone"
In the opening moments of the episode, Daniel Boone teaches his son, Israel Boone, or "Izzy," played by Darby Hinton, how to shoot the frontiersman's trademark Pennsylvania long rifle.
click here to read a previous blog post about the Hole in the Wall, which was a common feature in movies and TV shows throughout the filming era at Iverson.
read more about the Arena in an earlier post by clicking here.
Directions to Garden of the Gods, and the Arena: From Topanga Canyon Boulevard just below the 118 Freeway, head west on Santa Susana Pass Road and take the first right, onto Redmesa Road. Park just below where the condos begin, and you should be able to find the trail into Garden of the Gods, behind the metal gate on the west side of Redmesa. The Arena is a short distance up the trail, on the right side.