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Tuesday, March 12, 2013


CHERISHING OUR VALLEY                   2013

Located in the Santa Suzanna Pass between Chatsworth and the Simi Valley, Corriganville was once a very popular tourist destination. Built by the film stuntman Ray "Crash" Corrigan, it served as a working film location, chiefly for western movies from 1949 until its sale to Bob Hope in 1965. 

 Corriganville brochure - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gary Fredburg 2013.

 From the earliest days of the movie studios in the San Fernando Valley, out of town visitors have flocked to movie sets, to see scenes like this of a Dalton Brothers' shootout at Corriganville in the Santa Suzanna Mountains.

Corriganville was used in the making of the film series, Rin Tin Tin. Here actors dressed as Union soldiers raise the American flag over Fort Apache. Interestingly, Southern California played a major role in the actual creation of Fort Apache during the Civil War. If you are interested, read about the exploits of the California Battalion.

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