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Melody Ranch

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2009 - 2017.

The Melody Ranch Studio was first used for motion pictures in 1915. Monogram Studios made 750 "B" westerns before selling the ranch to Gene Autry, the singing cowboy, in 1952. Countless western movies, TV shows, commercials, and other projects used the studio until 1962 when a fire in Placerita Canyon destroyed the main western street. Gene Autry maintained the ranch as a retirement home for his horse Champion until Champion's death in 1990 when he sold the ranch to the Veluzat brothers. The Veluzats operate several filming locations and military equipment picture vehicle rentals individually and together. The Veluzats used old photos and film clips to restore the western street and it is again being used for westerns, including in recent years, Deadwood. Cowboy actors who have used the ranch included Gene Autry, William S. Hart, Gary Cooper, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Bill Boyd, and John Wayne. Productions included The Lone Ranger, Wyatt Earp, Gunsmoke, Hopalong Cassidy, Annie Oakly, Rin Tin Tin, The Cisco Kid, and Deadwood.

Besides the Main Street, there are several side and back streets, other buildings, support buildings, and two stages. Stage B is 11,200 square feet, Stage C is 22,000 square feet. Props and picture vehicles are also available.

Generally Melody Ranch is not open to the public. However it can be seen by the public during the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival held every spring. Melody Ranch has been hosting the Cowboy Festival for many years.

P.O. Box 220597
Newhall, CA 91322
Tel: 661 259-9669 Fax: 661 259-3788

Melody Ranch sign.

Melody Ranch Locations Office.

Melody Ranch Locations Office can also be a Mexican Rancho set.
Hearse, one of the picture vehicles at the studio.

Main Street filled with Cowboy Festival visitors.
Main Street filled with Cowboy Festival visitors.
Main Street filled with Cowboy Festival visitors.

Side street with festival stage.

A bridge connects the upper floor of two buildings.

Buildings along Main street and side streets.

Buildings along Main street and side streets.

The art Directors Guild had a display of Western Set Designs.

Side street.

Land Office, but this could change.
Commercial building.



Stage B.
Stage C.

The Museum displays props. It may only be set up for the Cowboy Festival.

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