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Melody Ranch Under Construction
Placerita Canyon

L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich visits Melody Ranch while it's under (re)construction, circa 1991.

Second photo shows, from left: Antonovich; Dave Vannatta, Antonovich's planning director; ranch owner Renaud Veluzat; and-?

4x6-inch Kodak prints from the collection of Jo Anne Darcy, who is probably also the photographer. Darcy was Antonovich's senior field deputy at the time.

Following the devastating 1962 fire that burned down most of the buildings at Melody Ranch, Gene Autry and his wife, Jackie, began selling off pieces of the 110-acre property in Placerita Canyon. The last 10 acres, where the buildings had stood, went on the market in November 1990. Patriarch Paul T. Veluzat and sons Renaud and Andre Veluzat, who owned other Santa Clarita Valley movie properties including a large movie ranch in Haskell Canyon and a motion picture vehicle rental business, bought the property and began rebuilding Melody Ranch to its former glory. Today the ranch is once again alive with feature, television, commercial and video filming. For 20 years, from 1994-2014, it was the main venue for the city of Santa Clarita's annual Cowboy Poetry and Music Festival (aka Cowboy Festival).


JD9101: Download original images here. Photos from the collection of Jo Anne Darcy, donated 2018 by her daughter, Joleen Darcy.
MELODY RANCH CATEGORIES:
• 1952-1962 Pre-Fire
• 1962 Fire
• 1962-1990 Post-Fire
• Veluzat Era 1991—

MELODY RANCH
Veluzat Era 1991—

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Walk of Western Stars Induction 2017

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Autry Visits 1991

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Construction ~1991

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Last Man Standing 1996

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Owners 1997

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"Holes" 2003 x3

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"Westworld" 2016—

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