Another one bites the dust (photo by Cliff Roberts)
Grim news in the southeast corner of Simi Valley, Calif., as the tall oak tree that presided for decades over Corriganville's Silvertown has succumbed to the ravages of time, old age and drought.
Corriganville's Silvertown, circa early 1950s
The tree stood tall at the west end of Silvertown, Corriganville's famed Western town set. In this wide view of the town, the tree can be seen all the way at the right. (You may want to click on the photo to see a larger version.)
"Six-Gun Serenade" (Monogram, 1947)
This shot from the Jimmy Wakely B-Western "Six-Gun Serenade" shows the tall oak tree in 1947, at the right, along with the picket fence in front of Ray Corrigan's house, at the left.
A shot from the Wayne Morris B-Western "The Fighting Lawman" shows a little bit of the southwest corner of Silvertown, where Ray Corrigan's house, with its distinctive picket fence, marked the end of the street.
The same rocks in 2017 — previously seen at the west end of Silvertown
"The Fighting Lawman" (zoomed in)
The same rocks — A, B and C — are identified in the shot from "The Fighting Lawman." I've zoomed in on the movie shot here to make it easier to see the individual rocks.
Ray Corrigan's low stone wall in 2017 (photo by Cliff Roberts)
Here's another section of the wall as it appears in modern times, essentially lying in decay. I assume other film historians are aware of the wall, but I've never seen anything documented about it.
Corriganville's mighty oak tree in 2009, already in bad shape. (Photo by Jerry England)
The tall oak tree struggled for years to survive the region's historic drought. In an ironic twist, when the end finally came it was immediately on the heels of one of Southern California's wettest winters in history.
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