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Chatsworth in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Garden of the Gods

Iverson Movie Ranch

 
 
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By Craig Baker, November 30, 2018
1. Garden of The Gods Marker
Inscription.  
Garden of the Gods was part of the Iverson Movie Ranch which flourished from 1912 until the late 1960s, the golden era of the "B” Western movies. This site was known as the "most shot up location in movie history.”

Hollywood cowboys Rex Allen, Gene Autry, William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Johnny Mack Brown, Sunset Carson, Gary Cooper, Ray "Crash” Corrigan, Eddie Dean, "Wild" Bill Elliott, William S. Hart, Hoot Gibson, Buck Jones, Allan "Rocky” Lane, Lash LaRue, Robert Livingston, Ken Maynard, Tim McCoy, Tom Mix, Clayton Moore (the Lone Ranger), George O’Brien, Roy Rogers, Randolph Scott, Charles Starrett (the Durango Kid), Bob Steele, and John Wayne, are a few of the hundreds who rode here with their trusted horses. They left indelible hoof prints on these trails.

We pay homage to these six-gun heroes and their gallant horses.
We thank them for the memories.
 
Erected 2013 by Chatsworth Equine Cultural Heritage Organization; Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy; Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.
 
Topics. This historical marker
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By Craig Baker, November 30, 2018
2. Garden of The Gods Marker
is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentNatural FeaturesParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 34° 16.457′ N, 118° 36.669′ W. Marker is in Chatsworth, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker can be reached from Redmesa Road 0.2 miles north of Santa Susana Pass Road, on the left when traveling north. Located 100 feet up a trail, west of the road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chatsworth CA 91311, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Minnie Hill Palmer House (approx. one mile away); Stagecoach Trail (approx. 1.2 miles away); The Munch Box (approx. 1.3 miles away); Old Santa Susana Stage Road (approx. 1.3 miles away); Olive Trees (approx. 1.7 miles away); Silvertown (approx. 2˝ miles away); Santa Susana Railroad Depot (approx. 3 miles away); Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory (approx. 3.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chatsworth.
 
Regarding Garden of the Gods.
Over 3,000 movies and television shows were filmed at the Iverson Movie Ranch, more than any other filming location.

Most of Iverson Movie Ranch is now a residential
Trail to the Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 30, 2018
3. Trail to the Marker
community, bisected by the 118 Freeway.

The Lone Ranger Rock can be seen to the east of Redmesa Road. This is where Clayton Moore reared up his horse during the opening of each episode of The Lone Ranger.

Movies with scenes filmed at Iverson include:
The Narrow Trail (1917) starring William S. Hart
Three Ages (1923) starring Buster Keaton
Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) starring Johnny Weissmuller
The Miracle Rider (1935) starring Tom Mix
The Plainsman (1936) starring Gary Cooper
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936) starring Errol Flynn
Wee Willie Winkie (1937) starring Shirley Temple
Stagecoach (1939) starring John Wayne
The Oklahoma Kid (1939) starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart
The Flying Deuces (1939) starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy
The Grapes of Wrath (1940) starring Henry Fonda
They Died with Their Boots On (1941) starring Errol Flynn
Ride 'Em Cowboy (1942) starring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello
The Fighting Seabees (1944) starring John Wayne  
The Harvey Girls (1946) starring Judy Garland
Fancy Pants (1950) starring Bob Hope and Lucille Ball 
Son of Paleface (1952) starring Bob Hope and Roy Rogers
Cattle Queen of Montana (1954) starring Ronald Reagan and Barbara Stanwyck
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. Corriganville
Garden of The Gods image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 30, 2018
4. Garden of The Gods
This is at the top of the trail, 300 feet beyond the marker.
Movie Ranch, nearby.
 
Also see . . .  Iverson Movie Ranch. (Submitted on December 1, 2018.)
 
The Grapes of Wrath image. Click for full size.
1940
5. The Grapes of Wrath
The scene where the Joad family arrives in California was filmed at Garden of the Gods, overlooking the San Fernando Valley farmland, in 1940.
The Same View Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, November 30, 2018
6. The Same View Today
The circular track in the foreground is a camera mount used for pan shots. Its origin is unknown.
The Lone Ranger image. Click for full size.
7. The Lone Ranger
Lone Ranger Rock today image. Click for full size.
8. Lone Ranger Rock today
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 5, 2018. It was originally submitted on November 30, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 214 times since then and 39 times this year. Last updated on December 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on November 30, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7, 8. submitted on December 3, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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