Monday, August 6, 2012

Corriganville's Fort Apache and Dugout

During the summer of 1947, 20th Century-Fox built a western fort set to be used during the filming of Fort Apache (1948). The fort set was located on a plateau above (and north of) Silvertown.  See the aerial photo on my Corriganville overview page at

The Fort Apache set later became home for the "Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, The" (1954) TV Series.  The set was demolished in 1967.

Above is a photo of Henry Fonda (fort commander) in a scene from Fort Apache (1948).

In another still from Fort Apache (1948) Ward Bond disciplines wayward soldiers outside the guardhouse.

John Wayne, John Agar and Shirley Temple in a scene filmed at the officer's quarters in Fort Apache (1948).

The photo above gives us a look at the Fort Apache set as it appeared in Ambush (1949) starring Robert Taylor.

William Holden takes command in a scene from Escape from Fort Bravo (1953).

Gene Autry and Champ ride through Fort Apache in a scene from Indian Territory (1950).

Fort Apache officer's quarters in a scene from Wild Stallion (1952) -- starring Ben Johnson.

Dugout Cabin

While the dugout cabin was not actually part of Fort Apache it often appeared in films featuring the fort.  It was located in a side canyon a few hundred yards west of the fort set.

The Dugout Cabin as seen in a scene from "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" (1954) TV Series.

Jennifer Jones (above) standing at the entry of the dugout in a scene from Duel in the Sun (1946).

Above Charles Starrett rushes bad guys hiding in the dugout in a scene from Renegades of the Sage (1949).

For more information about the Chatsworth filming locations visit and learn about my books: Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland © 2010 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21522-8) and Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas © 2008 (ISBN: 978-0-615-21499-3)

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