Rendezvous at Boulder
Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland
by Jerry England
*** Out of Print ***
Photographs, movie stills, lobby cards, and screenshots capture the Iverson Ranch as it looks today and as it appeared during half a century of movie-making between 1912 and the late 1960s. There is some duplication from Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas printed in 2008, but the vast majority is new material never published before.
In Chatsworth's backyard, there remains a fantasyland that was forever made famous by Hollywood…
A place where Superman once captured the evil Luthor in his hidden Stoney Point cave, where Batman wrestled a criminal on top of a speeding locomotive, where Tarzan the Ape Man found an ancient elephant graveyard, and where John Wayne's fighting Seabees pushed a Japanese tank off the same cliff that Nyoka used to escape Vultura’s killer ape.
The place is Boulder Pass. It was the jungles of India and Africa, the sands of the Sahara, the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the plains of Montana, and the High Sierras and the Rocky Mountains all rolled into one. It was the scene of stagecoach holdups, posses chasing outlaws on owlhoot (outlaw) trails, Indians attacking white settlers in remote cabins, flying rocket men, and unearthly spaceship landings. It was a land for make-believe. It could be anything a Hollywood director fancied.
Boulder Pass is a fictitious name borrowed from an old B-Western movie. The real place is the Santa Susana Pass in Chatsworth, California. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Santa Susana Pass was home to the granddaddy of all movie location ranches--the Iverson Ranch.
Iverson Movie Ranch today
Lower Iverson Ranch and the Garden
of the Gods
Nyoka Cliff and Stoney Point
Iverson's Western Street
Jerry England is a western movie historian and author who has researched and written about filming locations in the San Fernando Valley. Rendezvous at Boulder Pass is his second book about the area.
Feedback--what readers are saying about Rendezvous at Boulder Pass - Hollywood's Fantasyland
John Emmons - Canton, Ohio - Another wonderful job on your part. A very nice compliment to your first book.
Timothy Imel - Winnetka, CA - I'm on page 150. Taking it slow and enjoying the book.
Eric Cooper - Santa Monica, CA - This is a priceless collection of vintage photos, rare movie stills and first class detective work.
Gregg Anderson (Movie historian -- Corriganville expert) It's is exactly what I had in mind 20 plus years ago with Corriganville.
Dan Huffman- Chatsworth, CA - Nice book--going to enjoy it for many hours.
Linda Van dervalk - Chatsworth, CA - I just finished going through your second book. I think it is great. You are giving Chatsworth the recognition that it deserves in the western movie world.
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