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Volume 3101


Danton Burroughs
With Danton Burroughs in Tarzana
Over the years I have made numerous visits to Tarzana where I put in long hours with Edgar Rice Burroughs' grandson, Danton Burroughs, in documenting the massive Burroughs Family Archives for our ERB Websites and Webzines. 

My last week-long visit with Danton Burroughs of Edgar Rice Burroughs, Inc. was in July 2007 . . . eight months before his death. As usual Danton displayed a mind-boggling array of ERB documents, photos, memorabilia, etc. which we filmed, scanned and documented. Much of the material took on importance only after his accompanying explanations and anecdotes which brought these treasures to life. 

We had explored many of the city's eateries and Dan's friend Professor John Westervelt had driven us to many of the Tarzana spots of interest in his vintage Packard -- much to the amusement of the locals. Many more Tarzan adventures are featured at our site. 

Sadly the next time I returned to Tarzana was to give a eulogy for Danton's Memorial service.

Danton Memorial Plaque at Tarzana 

Professor John Westervelt and Vintage Car
I was intrigued by a brochure that we stumbled across in Dan's movie memorabilia - The Ray Corrigan Movie Ranch. This was a movie location ranch in nearby Simi Valley which was ranked among the most utilized ranches in motion picture history. So when Danton visited family in Santa Barbara on Saturday I made plans to check out Corriganville to see what remained of this famous site. An Internet search unearthed the following items from Corriganville's Camp Rotary and 2007 Rhythm and Brews Festival sites convinced me that I had chosen a great weekend to visit Simi Valley. 
History of Corriganville Movie Ranch
"From the Chumash Indians to the movies of the 1940s - 1960s, Corriganville is rich in history. Ray "Crash" Corrigan entered films in 1932 as a stuntman and bit player. In 1936 he began to star in serials and action pictures. After his retirement in the 1940s, and a series of Westerns, Corrigan began to build a movie ranch. The Simi Valley site filmed thousands of movies, TV programs and commercials between 1937 and 1965. Fires in 1971 and 1979 destroyed the last of the standing sets. In 1988 the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District acquired the 206 acre park and named it Corriganville after the man who started it with his dream."
About Corriganville Park
"Located at the eastern end of Simi Valley on 206 acres, Corriganville Park is the former site of the Corriganville Movie Ranch. Thousands of movies, TV shows and commercials were filmed here between 1937 and 1965. The sets that made up the western town burned down in the '70s but their foundations can still be seen. Also still remaining is the concrete lake where diving and underwater scenes were filmed. Along with the movie industry, Chumash indian sites, the railroad, indigenous plants and animals are represented within Corriganville. There are also 5 walking/hiking trails,including an Interpretive Trail with info markers, and the Stagecoach trail, following the original roads used to enter Simi Valley." ~ Camp Rotary
Rhythm & Brews Festival
Corriganville Park ~ Simi Valley
Saturday, July 28, 2007 ~ 11:00 am to 6:00 pm
Featuring the Music of:
M22 ~ Love Doctor Reggae ~ brett mikelsKimberly Jean
Test of Will ~ Building a Better Spaceship

Micro-Brew Tasting and Contest with Food, Vendors and Fun for Everyone!
14 Beers from around the World!
* Beach Bum Blonde * Red Hook ESB * Becks * Bass Ale * Pyramid Hefeweizen * Guinness * Strongbow Cider * Pyramide Amberweizen * Anchor Steam * Widmer Hefeweizen * Kona Pale Ale * Firestone DBA * Firestone Reserve * Firestone Pale Ale 

Hillman Vintage Guitars

18969 Ventura Boulevard
Tarzana, California 91356
This was shaping up to be an eventful weekend. Since I have a consuming interest in vintage guitars, a must stop during every California visit is Norman's Rare Guitars. . . not far from Danton's house. 

Since there were to be so many rock bands at the Rhythm and Brews Festival, I stopped in to get a bit of background on the bands. . . and of course to have another look at their huge guitar inventory. 

Part of my master plan was to document the weekend so I asked Norman and staff to pose for some photos. Norman generously gave me a "Rare Guitars" T-Shirt to wear to the Festival.

My Web search reminded me that Simi is also the site of the Ronald Reagan Library and Museum.
So I planned a morning detour to the Reagan complex.
(I later did a photo feature on this attraction)
Photo mosaics by Bill Hillman

Information Contained in the Old Corriganville Movie Ranch Brochures

2,000 Acres of Unsurpassed Beauty ~ Just 29 miles N.W. of Hollywood, 5 miles north of Chatsworth
Through California's most beautiful countryside you can see movie sets, Silvertown, Fort Apache, Robin Hood Lake and Forest
. . . and be entertained all day Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays.

Motion Pictures and TV Series filmed here
Over 2000 films
Interesting spots to visit:
Silvertown ~ Fort Apache ~ Robin Hood Lake
Jungle Girl Series
Rin Tin Tin Series
The Juggler
Roy Rogers Series
Gene Autry Series
Cisco Kid Series
Range Buster Series
Kit Carson Series
Wyatt Earp Series
Gunsmoke Series
Have Gun Will Travel Series
Tales of Wells Fargo Series
Robin Hood Series
Death Valley Days
Circus Boy Series
Sheriff of Cochise Series
Three Mesquiteers
Perils of Nyoka
The Bandit of Sherwood Forest
Belle Starr's Daughter
Jungle Jim
The Three Musketeers
The Inspector General
The Lost Tribe
At War with the Army
Fort Apache
The Robe
Yankee Pasha
Arena & Corrals for Rodeos & Events
Barbecue Pits
Bridges (including one with an underwater camera housing)
Burma Road and Meadows
Carpenter Shop
Country Church / Schoolhouse
Corsican Village
Country Store
C.P. Huntington Railroad
Crash's Movie Ranch House
Dance Hall
Dugout/Relay Station
Fort Apache
Horse Barns
Stagecoach Roads
Machine Shop
Mexican Bordertown 
Mexican Street
Movie Sound Stage
Outlaw/Hide-out Cabins
Robin Hood Forest
Robin Hood Lake (and the famous stunt rock)
Silvertown Saloon
Silvertown Street
Swordsman Manor
Trading Post

In its heyday Corriganville Movie Ranch was visited by thousands of families.
ERB researcher, Dr. Bob Zeuschner, has vivid memories of his visit in the early 1950s.
From R-L: Bob Zeuschner ~ Bud Zeuschner (brother) ~ Crash ~ Ann Zeuschner (mother) ~ Candice Bor (cousin)
From the Robert Zeuschner Collection
From R-L: Bob Zeuschner ~ Bud Zeuschner (brother) ~ Crash ~ Ann Zeuschner (mother) ~ Candice Bor (cousin)

Crash's first film role

Satellite & Aerial Photos ~ Maps



Corriganville Movie Ranch by Jerry Schneider
Photo Tour of the Ranch as it was
Corriganville Press Books
Corriganville Movie Ranch at B-Westerns
Remembering Corriganville at Authors Den
Corriganville at the Phantom Ranch Site
Corriganville Field Trip
2007 Rhythm and Brews Festival
Camp Rotary
Hiking in Simi Valley
Nature Walk Plaque Captions Courtesy Leadership Simi Valley, Class of 2007
Simi Valley, California
1. Intro and History
Maps ~ Brochures ~ Photos
2. Robin Hood Forest & 
Railway Tunnel
3. Robin Hood Lake & 
The Movie Trees
4. Hideout/Canyon Rock & 
The Movie Rocks
5. Silvertown Movie Town
Then and Now
6. Fort Apache & 
Corsican Village
7. Rhythm & Brews Festival I
Remembering the Movie Ranch
8. Rhythm & Brews Festival II
Booths & Bands
Ronald Reagan
Library & Museum Visit

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