Simi Valley in Ventura County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The fort was originally built in 1947 for John Ford's production of Fort Apache, which starred John Wayne and Henry Fonda. Over the years, the set was used for numerous films including Streets of Laredo (1949), Escape from Fort Bravo (1953), Apache (1954); and many more.
The popular TV series The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin was also filmed here. The photograph shown was taken during the filming of the 1949 film Ambush, starring Robert Taylor.
Photos provided by Greg Anderson.
Erected 2022 by Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District, and Dylan Coty Eagle Scout Project. (Marker Number 4.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Entertainment • Forts and Castles • Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas. A significant historical year for this entry is 1947.
Location. 34° 15.976′ N, 118° 39.282′ W. Marker is in Simi Valley, California, in Ventura County. Marker can be reached from Smith Road, half a mile east of Kuehner Drive, on the left when traveling eastTouch 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 12 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named Fort Apache (within shouting distance of this marker); Vendetta Village (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Vendetta Village (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Silvertown (approx. 0.2 miles away); a different marker also named Silvertown (approx. 0.2 miles away); Railroad Tunnel Mound (approx. 0.2 miles away); Trail Blazers Cave (approx. 0.2 miles away); Canyon Rock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Robin Hood Lake (approx. Ό mile away); Concrete Pool (approx. 0.3 miles away); Susanna Pass Bridge (approx. 0.3 miles away); Chinese Campsite (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Simi Valley.
Regarding Fort Apache. Corriganville was a working film studio and movie ranch for outdoor location shooting, as well as a Western-themed tourist attraction, from 1937 to 1976. The ranch, originally owned by actor and stuntman Ray "Crash" Corrigan, is now a public park with hiking trails and picnic areas.
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2022. It was originally submitted on April 22, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. This page has been viewed 262 times since then and 43 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 22, 2022, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California.