Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Here's a souvenir brochure that I scanned years ago, and have never gotten around to sharing it here on GDB. It's finally time!
The brochure is from Corriganville, a movie ranch and tourist attraction that was out in what is now Simi Valley, California. Stuntman/actor Ray "Crash" Corrigan purchased 2000 acres of land in 1937; this land had hills, caves, a man-made lake, waterfalls, a fort, and eventually, a complete western town. The movie ranch was used for hundreds of motion pictures and television programs, and starting in 1949, it was open to the public. Curious families got to watch gunfights, talk to "real" cowboys, visit the saloon (which sold salami sandwiches and lemonade), and explore the sets of "Silvertown".
Here's one side of the brochure. How about that politically-incorrect Indian "pidgin English"? Boy, that's some kinda hilarious. I love the "typical day's program" - breakfast with Crash! How cool is that? On the third panel we see some photos, including a pretty young lady named Elaine Dupont, advertised as "Ricky Nelson's girlfriend".
Here she is, looking at her dreamboat! Ricky had a way with the ladies, or so I've heard.
The weirdest thing is that at some point Elaine Dupont was Mrs. Crash Corrigan. Was this before or after Ricky? The marriage didn't last long. Anyway, in this photo we see the Crash himself (the leftmost standing person), Elaine, and famous western star Ken Maynard.
Here's the other side of the brochure, with a nice map of the place. There's the arena, for horse shows and rodeos! A Corsican village! Fort Apache! Mexican Street! Boat Rides! And much much more. I wish I could have seen it back in the day.
At some point I acquired another one of these brochures, this time signed by none other than Crash himself, as well as Pam North (anyone? anyone?), and Cory Rodgers, aka "Billy the Kid". I was the only bidder.
I hope you have enjoyed today's vintage brochure!