"Under Texas Skies" (1940): End Rock, at left
Among the many myths about the Iverson Movie Ranch, a big one that has been out there for at least as long as I've been exploring the ranch is a myth about the movie rock known as "End Rock."
Planter with decorative rocks, in the Indian Hills Mobile Home Village
The myth is that the large, flat rock that today resides in a planter outside the clubhouse of the Indian Hills Mobile Home Village is actually End Rock, which — according to the myth — survived the development of the park.
"20 Million Miles to Earth" (1957): End Rock shares the screen with Ray Harryhausen's "Ymir"
If only the myth were true, it would contain the reassuring news that End Rock, a "star" of hundreds of movies and TV episodes, had indeed survived.
The old movie road running past End Rock (looking northwest)
Taking another look at the shot from "Under Texas Skies," we see the old movie road running north and south past End Rock. This view looking northwest is one of the most common angles for End Rock.
"Overland Trail" TV series (1960): End Rock on the right
The same area was also filmed in other directions, as in this shot from the TV series "Overland Trail" taken with the camera facing southwest.
The old road as it appears today, looking south
The movie road is essentially still in place, although it has been regraded and paved. Known today as Mohawk Avenue, the road runs north and south through the Indian Hills Mobile Home Village.
Mohawk Road continues to follow the north-south route of the old movie road
The direction of the road is indicated here. Note that the planter can be seen at the right of the frame, on the west side of the road, with the mobile home park's clubhouse behind it.
The planter is positioned on the west side of the old movie road
The old road is part of the reason the myth of End Rock has persisted, because the road runs past the planter and the flat rock the way it once ran past End Rock.
Corner Rock remains in place, but End Rock ... not so much
Further, Corner Rock remains in place just across the street, and admittedly, it would be comforting to think that the two old pals, End Rock and Corner Rock, remain "pardners" after all these years. Too bad it's not true.
Beautiful imposter: "Planter Rock"
Now, I have to say, the rock in the planter — can we just start calling it "Planter Rock"? — is a nice rock in its own right. It's just not End Rock.
Range Rider Rock in 2018
Range Rider Rock doesn't get around much these days, but you can find it if you look hard enough. To read more about it, along with some of the other rocks in the neighborhood, check out this previous post.
"Overland Telegraph" (RKO, 1951): Another stage rolls past End Rock
Planter Rock, looking northwest
Let's take another look at Planter Rock, this time looking northwest — more or less the same angle used in the "Overland Telegraph" shot. Maybe you can see where we're headed here.
"Tales of Wells Fargo" TV series: "Woman With a Gun" (premiered Dec. 7, 1959)
You probably want more proof — and here it comes. The mystery of End Rock vs. Planter Rock might never have been solved had it not been for this shot from the TV show "Tales of Wells Fargo."
Planter Rock today — sporting a monster crack
Today the rock has a massive crack in it. Besides detracting from the rock's aesthetic qualities, the crack also makes it hard to match up the rock with its movie shot — but we'll give it a try.
"Tales of Wells Fargo": End Rock on the right, Corner Rock on the left
The point of this analysis is that the rock that's found in the planter today is the same rock seen in the "Tales of Wells Fargo" episode, and it's not End Rock. We can be sure because the sequence also includes End Rock.
Planter Rock in 2018: Holding it together
Taking another look at Planter Rock as it survives today, it's readily evident that the crack in the rock is no trifling matter — it's a serious rift that runs clean through the entire rock.
Planter Rock as seen from space — including the crack
The crack running through Planter Rock is big enough to be seen from space. You can't miss it in this Google 3D image taken from a satellite.
Crack or no crack, the survival of Planter Rock is worth celebrating. Sure, it's no End Rock, but it's a movie rock all the same — just one that was never quite as famous as its neighbors.
Have a terrific 2019, cowboys and cowgirls!