Located in the San Fernando Valley, it was originally a small portion of the Rancho del Cabrillo, a Spanish land grant holding. In 1865, the Los Angeles Farming & Milling Company purchased the Spanish land. From 1865 to 1909, the Los Angeles Farming & Milling Company sold off portions of the property until only 47,500 acres remained. It was these acres that the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company purchased (it was made up of General Harrison Gray Otis, H. J. Whitley, Otto F. Brant, General Moses Hazeltine Sherman, and Harry Chandler). Each member of the Los Angeles Suburban Homes Company appropriated portions of the 47,500 acres for themselves. General Otis had the 550 acre parcel that became the Tarzana Ranch.

The 550 acre parcel that General Otis kept for his personal use encompassed the area from Ventura Boulevard on the north to Mulholland Drive on the south, and from Mecca Street to Nestle Avenue.

General Otis named his parcel Casa Milflores on the Rancho del Cabrillo.

Edgar Rice Burroughs purchased Casa Milflores from the estate of General Otis and renamed the parcel the Tarzana Ranch.

Located on the property from the 1800's until probably 1941 was a building referred to as the Koonskin Kabin, which appeared in some films lensed on the property.

After the Herman Properties Inc. purchased the property after World War II, filming activities on the ranch where on the upturn. Among others, John Wayne's Back to Bataan was filmed there.

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"In the Days of Buffalo Bill" (Universal 1922) Directed by: Edward Laemmle. Cast: Art Acord, Duke R. Lee.

"Rio Rita" (RKO Radio 1929) Directed by: Luther Reed. Cast: Bebe Daniels, John Boles, Bert Wheeler, Robert Woolsey.