The Colter Chronicles's team have been location scouting and we came across the scenic, historical motion picture studio, Melody Ranch. Since it opening in 1915, the studio has produced an endless string of hard riding shoot-em-ups. Monogram Studios made 750 "B" Western films before selling the ranch to singing cowboy Gene Autry in 1952. Legendary cowboy actors, including William S. Hart, Gary Cooper, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Bill Boyd, and John Wayne filmed their westerns here until 1962 when a fire swept through Placerita Canyon destroying the main western street. Gene Autry maintained the rest of the ranch for his horse Champion until the horse passed in 1990. He then put the ranch up for sale and the Veluzat brothers purchased it. Most recently, Quentin Tarantino filmed his latest movie there, Django Unchained.
Take a virtual tour of its many locations: http://melodyranchstudio.com/locations/.