West Hills in Los Angeles County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Shadow Ranch, 1869 - 1872.
Declared Historic Cultural Monument No. 9 by the Cultural Heritage Board, Municipal Art Department, City of Los Angeles.
Erected 1962 by City of Los Angeles. (Marker Number 9.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Agriculture • Architecture • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the City of Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments series list.
Location. 34° 11.673′ N, 118° 37.182′ W. Marker is in West Hills, California, in Los Angeles County. Marker is on Vanowen Street 0.3 miles west of Shoup Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Located in Shadow Ranch Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 22633 Vanowen St, West Hills CA 91307, 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. Canoga Mission Gallery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Historic Coast Redwood Grove (approx. 0.8 miles away); Canoga Park Fire Station #72 Canoga Park Branch Library (approx. 1.2 miles away); Canoga Park Station (approx. 1.2 miles away); Ancient Live Oaks And Old Mission Lime Kilns (approx. 2 miles away); Old Trapper's Lodge (approx. 2.2 miles away); Plummer House (approx. 2.8 miles away).
Regarding Shadow Ranch. The ranch house was built using adobe and redwood lumber, on the original Workman Ranch. Albert Workman, an Australian immigrant, imported Australian Blue Gum eucalyptus trees from his homeland and planted them on the ranch. Some claim the numerous eucalyptus trees in California of that species originate from the Workman Ranch groves. In the 1930s the ranch was acquired by Colin Clements and Florence Ryerson, a couple who were screenwriters for the film studios. Ryerson co-wrote the screenplay for the 1939 film 'The Wizard of Oz' while living there. She renamed the estate Shadow Ranch for the amount of shade provided by the numerous large eucalyptus trees. Today, the historic residence is used as a recreational facility and events venue.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 1, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 1, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 1, 2021, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.