Corriganville

Over the weekend Patrick and I visited Corriganville Park, the former location of Corriganville, a western backlot and amusement park of sorts from 1949 to 1965.

Corriganville was built by movie and TV actor Ray Bernard, but better known as Crash Corrigan. After going on a hunting trip in Simi Valley with fellow actor, Clark Gable, in 1935, Corrigan fell in love with the area. In 1937, Corrigan purchased over 1,000 acres of land, and built his home there. He eventually went on to build an entire western backlot, dubbed Silvertown, and many films and TV showers were filmed there, including Fort Apache, The Bandit of Sherwood Forest, How the West was Won, Lassie, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and more. In 1949 Corrigan decided to open his backlot to the public, and the area turned into an amusement park on weekends, while still being a fully functioning backlot during the week. Think of it like a blend of Knott’s Berry Farm and Universal Studios.

He also allowed film crews to build their own sets, as long as they left them standing after filming, which is how the area got a “Corsican Village” after Howard Hughes’ 1950 film Vendetta.

After selling Corriganville in 1965 to Bob Hope, the area suffered two fires, one in 1971 and another in 1979, leaving almost nothing standing. Today, Corriganville is a park, and visitors can walk among the concrete foundations and visit what remains of a man-made lake that was originally used for the Jungle Jim series, but was used in for a variety of films, including Creature from the Black Lagoon and The African Queen, as it featured a camera house built under a bridge with thick glass windows, allowing for underwater filming.

Continue reading for images of the remains of Corriganville, postcards of what it looked like, and more!

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There’s a Snake in my Boot!

Over the weekend some friends, Patrick, and myself went to the California Science Center as the museum was having an exhibit about the science behind Pixar animation. As lovers of all things Disney, we were excited to further understand what goes into making some of our favorite films. It also gave us a swell chance to Disneybound as characters from some of the Disney/Pixar films. With all of the western wear in my closet, I opted to bound as Woody.

The exhibit was really interesting, and gave me a greater appreciation for the films that Pixar has created. The museum is also the place to go for family friendly science exhibits, although we didn’t get to visit many of them, as we spent a good long while in the Pixar exhibit, followed by time gazing at the massive space shuttle Endeavour that the museum recently acquired. I look forward to a return visit to the California Science Center sometime in the future.

For those in the southern California area, or planning on visiting soon, the Science Behind Pixar exhibit goes through April 16th. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended.

Outfit
Vintage H Bar C Shirt: Junk for Joy, Burbank, California
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Rock Steady via Roadkill Ranch, Fullerton, Ca.
Boots: Antique Alley, Portland, Oregon
Cowboy Boot Earrings: Gift
Tooled Leather Purse & Saddle Ring: I don’t remember…
Hat & Horseshoe Ring: Disneyland

Orange Empire Railway Museum

Recently Patrick and I went to the Orange Empire Railway Museum in Perris (about an hour and a half east of Los Angeles) with a couple of friends for a day filled with not just train history, but a glimpse into the history of Los Angeles transit, as well as added bits of Disney history!

Now before I show all of the interesting things the Orange Empire Railway Museum had to offer, I’ll share with you what I wore.

At first glance, it may appear that I am just wearing another western inspired outfit with turquoise jewelry, but I specifically chose to wear turquoise to pay homage to Fred Harvey, a man closely tied with the restaurant industry, railways, and turquoise jewelry.

Fred Harvey was a restaurateur who transitioned into the railroad business. He became fascinated with the southwest and built trading posts at rail stops, filling them with Native American goods, such as blankets, baskets, and jewelry. Harvey went so far as a to make pre-cut (and hallmarked) pieces of jewelry, to then be embellished (traditionally by stamping, like my bracelet) by Native Americans and then sold at his trading posts. The Orange Empire Railway Museum even has a building dedicated to Harvey and his influence on train travel.

Now keep reading to find out all the neat stuff the museum had to offer!

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Westworld

Being the fan of westerns that I am, I was immediately taken in by the new HBO incarnation of Westworld. Even though I enjoyed the original 1973 film, it wasn’t without its flaws, which is why I was open to a new take on it, and I can say the show did not let me down, and ended its first season with me begging for more. Parts of the show, including its jaw-dropping finale were filmed at the very accessible Paramount Ranch (which we visited before, back in 2015, you can view that post here) so I felt it was time for a revisit! I also took along my friend, Kaitlyn, also a fan of the show, who had never visited Paramount Ranch before.

If you didn’t read my previous post on Paramount Ranch, but are familiar with the 1990s TV show Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman, then this will look very familiar, as it was used for Colorado Springs. It was also used in the sci-fi sudo-western, Firefly.

Between our first visit and this one, little changed, with the exception of fresh paint and the addition of the church, which was used in Westworld, and I was delighted to find still there.

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Goodbye, 2016!

And HELLO, 2017! I’ll spare you reflections on 2016, and thoughts on 2017, because it’s all rather convoluted, and really not what this blog is about, so instead share with y’all what I wore for New Year’s Eve! This year we opted to go to Knott’s Berry Farm for their New Year’s Eve celebrations, and it was a lovely evening and a swell way to ring in the New Year, despite the wee bit of rain earlier in the day, hence the rain boots!

And if you’re wondering why the hearse and cemetery as a choice of location for New Year’s Eve photos… It’s because I was so pleased to see 2016 die and be buried, and thought it fitting.

How did you celebrate ringing in 2017?

Outfit
Vintage H bar C Shirt: Found by my dad
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Rain Boots: Coach
Chimayo Clutch: Great American Antiques, Bakersfield, California

Christmas Eve at Knott’s

For Christmas Eve this year, Patrick and I spent the day at Knott’s Berry Farm. I bought two Christmas themed string ties at Joyride (the menswear counterpart to my favorite vintage clothing store, Elsewhere Vintage) recently, and I’ll admit the other one is way cooler than this one, but I just couldn’t create the perfect ensemble for it. So I hope between now and next year I’ll find just the right shirt for it.

We spent part of the day interacting with some of Calico’s returning citizens from Ghost Town Alive, as well as hanging out with some of our friends who also chose to spend their Christmas Eve at Knott’s. To top off the day Patrick and I were selected to help with lighting the Christmas tree! So I must thank Mrs. Parnell, Kenny, and Mr. Knolls for one of the best Christmas gifts this year!

As for Christmas Day, we spent it at Disneyland, and I’ll share that with you next! I hope you all had a lovely holiday, whatever you celebrate!

Outfit
Jacket: Thrifted
Shirt: Rockmount (but found by my dad!)
String Tie: Joyride, Orange, California
Skirt: Pinup Girl Clothing
Boots: Buffalo Exchange
Purse: Lafayette School House Antique Mall, Lafayette, Oregon
Earrings: An antique mall in Cathedral City I think…
Rings: Various

Knott’s Merry Farm

During the holiday season Knott’s Berry Farm transforms into Knott’s Merry Farm with spectacular shows lights, and even a tree lighting. I was very eager to visit Knott’s for the holiday season as just a few weeks prior to kicking off the holidays they announced that some familiar faces from Ghost Town Alive (read more about Ghost Town Alive here) would be returning for the holiday season.

One of Calico’s returning citizens was Doctor Carter, the town doctor and a bit of an inventor. Inspired by his new bride’s love of Christmas and wanting to keep the town safe, he told me he created a generator so the town’s Christmas tree could be lit with electric light instead of candles. He was very proud of his invention and took us to see it after showing us his plans.

At five o’clock, Mayor Parnell and gemologist Ophelia arrived along with Doctor Carter to light the tree, along with the beautiful lights in Ghost Town.

If you are local and didn’t get to Knott’s Berry Farm this year, but thinking of getting a pass for 2017, I recommend doing it soon! They are currently running a promotion where if you buy a pass for next year, you get to go one day this year! So you can go and enjoy Merry Farm and get a taste of Ghost Town Alive (which will be returning next summer)! Visit Knott’s website to learn more. If you aren’t local but visiting California during the holiday season or during summer next year, I highly recommend a visit to Knott’s! You won’t regret it!

In the meantime, Patrick and I have been decorating for Christmas, so I hope to share our home with you in the near future!

Outfit
Cowichan Sweater: Monticello Antique Marketplace, Portland, Oregon
Peasant Top: Buffalo Exchange
Skirt: Deja Vu, now known as The Frippery, Palm Springs, California
Pressed Leather Wedges: Olvera Street, Los Angeles
Tooled Leather Purse: Found by my dad
Coral & Mother of Pearl Necklace: Ebler’s Leather & Saddlery Emporium, Columbia, California
Bracelet: Ortega’s Trading Post, San Juan Capistrano, California
Rings: Here and there…