Thursday, November 10, 2011

Meanwhile back at the ranch -- Lone Ranger Rock

In an earlier post I told readers about the Iverson movie location ranch in Chatsworth, California.  See

Now I'd like to show you one of the most famous landmarks in movie history.  It's the "Lone Ranger Rock."  If you're old enough, you may remember seeing it in--each and every opening scene--on the Lone Ranger TV Show.

It's still there for all to see in the "Garden of the Gods" State Park (center of the photo above).  It's on the east side of Redmesa Road just north of Santa Susana Pass Road in Chatsworth.

A few of the movies it showed up in are (clockwise from top left) Land Beyond the Law (1937) with Dick Foran;The Oklahoma Kid (1939) with James Cagney; Wall Street Cowboy (1939) with Roy Rogers; and the serial Perils of Nyoka (1942) with Kay Aldridge as Nyoka the Jungle Girl.

The rock formation was seen in some silent film era movies, including Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925).

YouTube video clip of the Lone Ranger rock on the Iverson Movie Location Ranch in Chatsworth, California.  See:

To learn more about my research, and the books I've written about the Iverson Movie Location Ranch, and other Chatsworth, California filming locations see


  1. Howdy! I hope it is okay that I linked to your page(s) where you have the Lone Ranger Rock with insert. I posted on about the rock. Hard to believe that no one had posted it before, being that it is so iconic!!! If you prefer I remove the link...let me know!!
    Thanks a million!!

    PS....cannot wait to order your book on the Iverson site....could I please get it autographed?? Great addition to all my Lone Ranger (and other western stars) autographed books and items.

  2. As long as it's not spam links are most appreciated. I always sign them :)

  3. Wow, what a great site. This GA boy has made Iverson's his favorite location. I was out there about 3 summers ago, and even though I was short on time, and unprepared, I found the Lone Ranger Rock, and even climbed it. Man, I can't tell you the feeling I had and the memories that flooded my mind. What a great day. I even stumbled on the Saddlehorn Rock. I can't wait to come back and spend a lot more time there. Your site is great, and I'll be spending more time on it. Thanks

  4. This is a great website!!! I truly do enjoy it. The western shows were before my time but I can't seem to stop watching them on tv. I watch Bonanza,The Riffleman, Gunsmoke, and The Lone Ranger the list goes on and on. I plan to visit Iverson Ranch someday hopefully soon. Keep up the great work!!!!!!!