MORRISON AGOURA RANCH


Agoura Ranch
A panoramic shot of a portion of the western Morrison Agoura Ranch.

Homesteaded by Alonzo Morrison in 1896, this cattle ranch was run by Alonzo and his brother John. The brotherís resided on opposite ends of the ranch. The eastern ranch buildings were located along the current Las Virgenes Road near the intersection with Horseshoe Circle. The western ranch buildings were located in an area commonly referred to as the Agoura Ranch. It was here where a two-story false front building stood until the early 1950ís. The eastern ranch land was sold in early 1963 to the Boyar Corporation. A large amount of that acreage has been subdivided into housing. A portion of the western acreage was acquired by the State of California and is being preserved for park land, while some of the property on the south side is now a landfill.

DIRECTIONS: To reach the west Morrison Agoura Ranch, from Los Angeles, take the 101 Freeway North past the City of Calabasas. Exit at Chesebro Road and turn right. Follow Chesebro Road north until you see the entrance to the Chesebro Canyon Park. After parking, take the hiking trail that heads east from the parking area. After a short walk, you will see a road heading to the south (right). Take that and you will be on the old western Morrison Ranch range.

To reach the east Morrison Agoura Ranch, from Los Angeles, take the 101 Freeway North and exit at Las Virgenes Road and head north. You will come to Horseshoe Circle. To the left is where the ranch buildings for the east ranch were situated.



One of the few remaining structures on the western ranch. This structure appeared after the removal of the large ranch house facade.
It was used in two early episodes of "The Rifleman" television show.


Some of the ranch land.


An overview of a portion of the ranch.


SELECTED FILMOGRAPHY:

"The Phantom Empire" (Mascot 1935) Directed by: Otto Brower & B. Reeves Eason. Cast: Gene Autry, Frankie Darro, Betsy King Ross, Dorothy Christie, Wheeler Oakman, Charles K. French, Warner Richmond, J. Frank Glendon, Smiley Burnette, William Moore, Edward Piel, Jack Carlyle, Wally Wales, Jay Wilsey, Stanley Blystone, Richard Talmadge, Frank Ellis, Peter Potter, Bob Burns, Bob Card, Bruce Mitchell, Ray Benard.

"Heroes of the Saddle" (Republic 1940) Directed by: William Witney. Cast: Robert Livingston, Raymond Hatton, Duncan Renaldo, Patsy Lee Parsons, Loretta Weaver, Byron Foulger, Vince Barnett, William Royle, Jack Roper, Reed Howes.

"The Durango Kid" (Columbia 1940) Directed by: Lambert Hillyer. Cast: Charles Starrett, Luana Walters, Bob Nolan, Kenneth MacDonald, Francis Walker, Forrest Taylor, Pat Brady, Melvin Lang, Frank LaRue, Jack Rockwell.

"Home in Wyomin'" (Republic 1942) Directed by: Gene Autry, Smiley Burnette, Faye McKenzie, Olin Howlin, Chick Chandler, Joe Strauch Jr., Forrest Taylor, James Seay, George Douglas, Charles Lane, Hal Price, Bud Geary, Ken Cooper, Jean Porter, James McNamara, Kermit Maynard, Roy Butler, Billy Benedict.

"Along the Navajo Trail" (Republic 1945) Directed by: Frank McDonald. Cast: Roy Rogers, George Hayes, Dale Evans, Estelita Rodriguez, Douglas Fowley, Nestor Paiva, Sam Flint, Emmett Vogan, Roy Barcroft, David Cota, Bob Nolan, Pat Brady, Edward Cassidy.

"On the Old Spanish Trail" (Republic 1947) Directed by: William Witney. Cast: Roy Rogers, Jane Frazee, Andy Devine, Tito Guizar, Estelita Rodriguez, Bob Nolan and the Sons of the Pioneers, Charles McGraw, Fred Graham.

"The Red Pony" (Republic 1947) Directed by: Lewis Milestone. Cast: Myrna Loy, Robert Mitchum, Louis Calhern, Sheppard Strudwick, Peter Miles, Margaret Hamilton, Alvin Hammer, Poodles Hanneford, Jackie Jackson, Patty King.

"Ride, Ryder, Ride" (Equity 1949) Directed by: Lewis D. Collins. Cast: Jim Bannon, Don Kay Reynolds, Emmett Lynn, Peggy Stewart, Gaylord Pendleton, Jack O'Shea, Jean Budinger, Marin Sais, Stanley Blystone, William Fawcett, Billy Hammond, Edwin Max, Steve Clark.

"The Mystery of the Ghost Farm" (Disney 1955) Directed by: ?. Cast: Tim Considine, Tommy Kirk, Carole Ann Campbell, Sarah Selby, Russ Conway.