Each month the TMISC spotlight will be shining on a different southland city, highlighting different things that make that city special and an important part of So Cal. If you would like your city to be considered for publication in City Spotlights, please submit your suggestions and reasons why you think your town is worthy of recognition!
The Wild West Still Lives On at Corriganville in Simi Valley
A few months ago Jerry and I had the opportunity to go on a walking tour of Corriganville, several acres in the southeast corner of Simi Valley where, through the power of imagination, one can still relive scenes from many movies and TV shows while listening to the stories told by the very knowledgeable tour guide, Gregg Anderson.
Mr. Anderson, a retiree of Deluxe Check Printers after 28 years, is currently employed at Amgen for the past 14 years. Born and raised in Minneapolis, Mn at a time when television was in it’s infancy and westerns were the prominent TV shows on the air. He moved to Thousand Oaks, California, in 1964 at the age of 16.
While hiking with friends at Thousand Oaks High School he discovered the movie set of Elvis Presley’s “Flaming Star” . At the time the property was known as Janss Ranch (nowadays Wildwood Park and housing development).
While visiting many film locations he has met and worked with hundreds of people with similar interests, becoming friends with actors, stuntmen, location scouts, screen writers and directors who have worked on location at Corriganville. A favorite passion of his is meeting people while providing walking history tours of Corriganville and occasionally other locations. “Save the past for the future“, he says and firmly believes. Educate the younger generations so they can carry on our film heritage of Southern California.