Melody Ranch

Although the Melody Ranch is not open to the public, the annual Cowboy Festival allows some access.
The Melody Ranch museum can be visited by appointment – visit the official website for contact details.

History

1915 – Placerita Ranch established and was formerly located where the Disney Golden Oak Ranch is now, in Placerita Canyon. It was around 110 acres.
Late 1920s – The movie sets on the Placerita Ranch were moved to Oak Creek Road
1930s-1940s – Ranch leased to Monogram Studios
1934 – Gene Autry shoots his first movie ‘Tumbling Tumbleweeds’ on the Placerita Ranch sets and fell in love with the place.
1952 – Placerita Ranch bought by Gene Autry and renamed Melody Ranch.
1962 – A massive fire destroys many of the sets, apart from one building which was saved by Elvis Presley and a crew working on a photo shoot for him, when the fire broke out.
December 1990 – The Ranch is bought by the current owners, the Veluzat family, and a process of rebuilding begins, based on photo reference material of the pre-1960s sets.

Additional Information

  • Museum – A museum of authentic memorabilia has been set up on the ranch.
  • Gene Autry’s horse ‘Champion’ died at the age of 47 and is buried at Melody Ranch.

Famous Names who’ve shot movies on the Ranch

Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Gene Autry

Further Information



Productions shot at Melody Ranch


Feature Film (3)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood2019Quentin TarantinoIMDB Database page about Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
Part of the Lancer western scenes were shot on the Melody Ranch
Priest2011Scott Charles StewartIMDB Database page about Priest
Wild Bill1995Walter HillIMDB Database page about Wild Bill

TV Series (4)

TitleReleasedDirectorIMDB
Westworld (HBO)2016IMDB Database page about Westworld (HBO)
Deadwood2004David MilchIMDB Database page about Deadwood
My Three Sons1960-1972IMDB Database page about My Three Sons
The barn at Melody Ranch appeared as the outside of the main house.
Gunsmoke1955Charles Marquis WarrenIMDB Database page about Gunsmoke

TV Shows

  • Maverick (with James Garner)
  • The Magnificent Seven
  • Laredo

Movies

  • Last Man Standing
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