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Simi Valley in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Corriganville

Silvertown

 
 
Corriganville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 12, 2018
1. Corriganville Marker
Inscription.  This town site at Corriganville had many names in Hollywood including Dodge City, Mineral City, Tombstone, and Lone Ranger Ranch. For many of those who visited this town site, however, it was called Silvertown. Whatever the name, people came by the busloads to be entertained by the Wild West stunt shows, as well as wander the famous streets where their favorite film and television celebrities once walked.

View looking to the west, date: 1964. Photograph donated by Greg Anderson.
 
Erected by Rancho Simi Recreation and Parks District. (Marker Number 150.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentParks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the California, Ventura County Historical Landmarks series list.
 
Location. 34° 15.838′ N, 118° 39.211′ W. Marker is in Simi Valley, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from Smith Road half a mile east of Kuehner Drive. The
Corriganville Marker image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 12, 2018
2. Corriganville Marker
The view of the town site has been blocked by a tree.
marker is located in Corriganville Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7001 Smith Rd, Simi Valley CA 93063, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Santa Susana Railroad Depot (approx. half a mile away); Old Santa Susana Stage Road (approx. 1.4 miles away); Minnie Hill Palmer House (approx. 2.2 miles away); Rocketdyne Santa Susana Field Laboratory (approx. 2.3 miles away); Stagecoach Trail (approx. 2.3 miles away); In Memory of Those Who Perished (approx. 2.4 miles away); Garden of the Gods (approx. 2˝ miles away); Olive Trees (approx. 2.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Simi Valley.
 
More about this marker. Corriganville was a working film studio and movie ranch for outdoor location shooting, as well as a Western-themed tourist attraction. The ranch, owned by actor and stuntman Ray "Crash" Corrigan, is currently a public park with hiking trails and picnic areas.
This is Ventura County Landmark No. 150.
 
Also see . . .  History of Corriganville. (Submitted on June 17, 2018.)
 
Corriganville Today image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 26, 2018
3. Corriganville Today
View looking west. Only the foundations remain.
Stables image. Click for full size.
By Craig Baker, May 26, 2018
4. Stables
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By Craig Baker, May 12, 2018
5. Stables Marker
This location, part of an area known as Silver Town, was frequently used for filming movies from the 1940's to the 1960's. The barn that was located here was the stable for horses used in films. In addition, a jail cell was built inside the barn for use in the movies. As a consequence of several fires that raced through the park in the 1970's the foundation and a few low-lying rock walls are all that is left of the structures.
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By Craig Baker, May 12, 2018
6. Concrete Pool
The square portholes are camera windows used to film underwater scenes. Movies filmed here include “The Creature From The Black Lagoon” and “The African Queen”.
Corriganville image. Click for full size.
1957
7. Corriganville
This view of the town site shows the barn with its rock wall foundation.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 17, 2018. This page has been viewed 165 times since then and 51 times this year. Last updated on August 8, 2020. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 17, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.   7. submitted on June 18, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.
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