From the introduction by Stephen Lodge:
One of the truly fascinating Los Angeles area attractions of the 1950s was Corriganville, an actual Hollywood Western Movie Ranch--owned and operated by an actual Hollywood Western Movie Star: Ray "Crash" Corrigan. Corriganville was located in the Simi Valley alongside the Southern Pacific railroad tracks, where the old two-lane Topanga Canyon Road emerged from Santa Susana Pass, concluding its snake-like slither through the craggy canyon from the San Fernando Valley. Today, California's 118 freeway bisects Corriganville's rocky remains, and the modern commuter who drives this scenic route daily passes unaware through what was once several thousand acres of quite recognizable Western movie scenery.
Back then, local legend had it that Corrigan--a very successful Republic Pictures' Western star--had originally purchased the 2000-acre parcel in 1938 with hopes he might locate a fabled Spanish treasure, rumored to be buried somewhere within the area's rugged but breathtaking sweep. When nothing even close to resembling any lost loot was ever found--and when Crash wisely figured out that he could make more real gold by renting his picturesque purchase to Republic as a sagebrush backdrop for his own Westerns--Corrigan decided he liked it after all.
A fascinating site with all sorts of goodies. Special thanks to Bill Cmelak for the tip on this one! And oh by the way, Ray "Crash" Corrigan was born in Milwaukee. La-De-Da . . .
And here's an interesting tid-bit:
In 1954, he and his wife Rita divorced. She had been seeing Moses S. (Bud) Stiltz, the former ranch foreman, while Ray had been seeing a young performer at the ranch, Elaine Zazueta (stage name, Elaine DuPont). In January 1959, while Bud (no longer employed at Corriganville; now a welder) was visiting Rita at her home (with her three children there), Carl (Alfalfa) Switzer showed up demanding payment of $50 on a debt owed to him by Bud. In the ensuing fight, Bud shot Switzer dead. It was ruled justifiable homicide although eyewitness accounts indicate it was murder.