Saturday, May 5, 2012

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Upper Iverson Cliff

Immediately south of Totem Rocks and Indian Head Rock a vertical cliff face forms and continues south--for about one hundred yards--or until you reach the toe of the "turkey track."

The photo above shows the location of the "turkey track."  See the description in my recent post about Lookout Point.

The photo above shows the first two of three "turkey Track" toes.  The cliff begins just beyond the tree at the far left of the photo.

In the still above from a scene in Old Oklahoma Plains (1952) you can see the same two toes of the "turkey track" as well as the west side of the Upper Iverson Cliff.  There was a major wagon road that paralleled the cliff, so this view shows up in more than a few films.

Here's a movie still from Riders In the Sky (1949) looking at the Upper Iverson Cliff a little more to the north.  Indian Head is hiding beyond the trees immediately behind Gene Autry and Champion.

Above is a screenshot from an unknown episode of the Lone Ranger TV series.  In it you are looking at the Upper Iverson Cliff from the north.  At the far right of the screenshot you can see the distinctive cross that helps identify the cliff.

The cliff is sometimes seen in a dramatic stunt as is the case in the screenshot above from White Eagle (1941) where a covered wagon appears ready to drop on riders below.

The Upper Iverson Cliff shows up in Calamity Jane and the Texan (1950), Don Daredevil Rides Again (1951), Gold Raiders (1951), The Golden Stallion (1949), Kansas Territory (1952), Man with the Steel Whip (1954), Night Riders of Montana (1951), Rio Grande Raiders (1946), and The Texas Kid (1943) just to mention a few of the many movies or serials you'll see it in.

I'll close this post with a nice photo of Allan "Rocky" Lane and Blackjack in front of the Upper Iverson Cliff (photo courtesy of Bruce Hickey).

'Meanwhile back at the ranch' is a continuing series about "rock stars" (landscape features) on the old Iverson Movie Location Ranch in Chatsworth, California.  For more information about the Iverson Movie Ranch see:

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