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Peter Strauss Ranch

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2008 - 2017.

Peter Strauss Ranch sits on land once occupied by the Chumash people. With the arrival of the Spanish, it became part of Rancho Las Virgenes. Harry Miller purchased the ranch about 1900. In 1926 he built many structures on the property but encountered financial ruin with the coming of the depression and he lost the ranch. Warren Shobert and Arthur Edeson bought the property in the mid-1930s and opened Shoson, a fairyland for children and adults. They created a lake and named the resort Lake Enchanto but it closed about 1960. The actor Peter Strauss, after filming in the area, purchased the property and restored the site, living at the site until 1983. Strauss sold the ranch to the Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy. The National Park Service purchased the site in 1987 as part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Ammenities at sites at the ranch are the .6 mile Peter strauss Trail and the pool (now closed),

South side of Mulholland Highway, west of Cornell Road, east of Troutdale Dr. (and Kanan Road). Agura.

8:00 AM to Sunset.

Peter Strauss Ranch is part of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area.


Seating for performance area.

Large dead frog.

The pool was built in 1940 and was once the largest pool on the west caost. The capacity was 650,000 gallons of water and 3,000 people.

Small support building.


Gate House at main entry gate.

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