New construction at Corriganville, August 2018
Big things have been happening at Corriganville over the past several weeks, and we're starting to put together a picture of what's going on over there.
Vintage Corriganville postcard — featuring Ray "Crash" Corrigan
Many readers of this blog are already familiar with Corriganville, a former movie ranch and Wild West tourist attraction tucked away in the southeast corner of Simi Valley, just a few miles west of the Iverson Ranch.
Corriganville's Silvertown in its 1950s heyday
Founded in 1937 by stuntman and B-movie cowboy star Ray "Crash" Corrigan, Corriganville became one of the most important filming locations of the B-Western and early TV Western era — a neighbor and friendly competitor to the Iverson Movie Ranch.
Ray Corrigan with a Native American performer and a youngster having a big moment
Back in the '50s and early '60s, Corriganville was also a terrific place to visit — especially for young kids.
Foundations of what was once Silvertown (2013)
Almost nothing is left of the original Corriganville — mainly just a few foundations of what was once "Silvertown," the Wild West movie town that was the heart of both the theme park and the movie operation.
Foundation of Corriganville's "Barn No. 2," below Gorilla Rock
One of Corriganville's biggest attractions in recent years has been the remaining stone walls of what was once "Barn No. 2," at the northeast end of Silvertown.
"The Fighting Lawman" (Allied Artists, 1953)
This is what Barn No. 2, also known as the "new barn," looked like back in the filming days. That's it on the left.
The "Barn No. 2" area in August 2018, with new construction
The stone walls are still there, but they have some new neighbors as of this summer. To get a better look at the walls, click on the above picture, which should bring up a much larger version of the photo.
"Fargo" (Bill Elliott, 1952): Corriganville's Old Barn
With all this talk about the "new barn," or Barn No. 2, I suppose we should take a moment to acknowledge Barn No. 1, otherwise known as (wait for it) the "old barn." That's it at the other end of Silvertown.
Tarantino's "New Corriganville"
Photos of the recent construction at Corriganville come from fellow location historian Cliff Roberts, who has been keeping tabs on the project as it has taken shape over the past few weeks.
Cliff Roberts slacking off on a recent Iverson Ranch expedition
You might remember Cliff from this recent post about Dinosaur Claw and the Totem Rocks on the Upper Iverson.
The old stone wall — now a part of the new construction
Zooming in on the shot we get a better look at how the old wall appears to be incorporated into construction of a new barn — should we be getting used to the idea of a "Barn No. 3"?
The new Silvertown?
That discussion is more than rhetorical. One of the tantalizing rumors flying around is that the new buildings will be left in place after filming is completed on the Tarantino movie.
Corriganville coming back to life, but it's an intriguing possibility. Stay tuned — I'll be posting updates here as the story develops.