Melody Ranch

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1915 – Placerita Ranch established and was formerly located where the Disney Golden Oak Ranch is now, in Placerita Canyon. It was around 110 acres.
Late 1920s – The movie sets on the Placerita Ranch were moved to Oak Creek Road
1930s-1940s – Ranch leased to Monogram Studios
1934 – Gene Autry shoots his first movie ‘Tumbling Tumbleweeds’ on the Placerita Ranch sets and fell in love with the place.
1952 – Placerita Ranch bought by Gene Autry and renamed Melody Ranch.
1962 – A massive fire destroys many of the sets, apart from one building which was saved by Elvis Presley and a crew working on a photo shoot for him, when the fire broke out.
December 1990 – The Ranch is bought by the current owners, the Veluzat family, and a process of rebuilding begins, based on photo reference material of the pre-1960s sets.


Saloon Set

Heavily featured in Westworld (HBO). The set backs onto soundstage A.

Jailhouse Set

Original Western Street

Current photos not available due to limitations requested by HBO (Westworlrd)

Train Station


1930s Western Street

Built for Penny Dreadful: City of Angels

Photos coming soon

Soundstages on the lot

Photos coming soon

Additional Information

  • Museum – A museum of authentic memorabilia has been set up on the ranch.
  • Gene Autry’s horse ‘Champion’ died at the age of 47 and is buried at Melody Ranch.

Famous Names who’ve shot movies on the Ranch

  • Randolph Scott, Gary Cooper, John Wayne, Gene Autry

Productions shot at Melody Ranch

Feature Film (5)

Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood2019Quentin TarantinoIMDB Database page about Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood
Part of the Lancer western scenes were shot on the Melody Ranch
Priest2011Scott Charles StewartIMDB Database page about Priest
Last Man Standing1996Walter HillIMDB Database page about Last Man Standing
Wild Bill1995Walter HillIMDB Database page about Wild Bill
High Noon1952Fred ZinnemannIMDB Database page about High Noon

TV Series (10)

TitleReleasedCreator / ShowrunnerIMDB
Penny Dreadful: City of Angels2020John LoganIMDB Database page about Penny Dreadful: City of Angels
Westworld (HBO)2016-2022IMDB Database page about Westworld (HBO)
The Western Town of Sweetwater uses existing and extended sets on the Melody Ranch, for seasons 1,4 and 5 of HBOs Westworld.
Deadwood2004David MilchIMDB Database page about Deadwood
The Magnificent Seven1998-2000Pen Densham, John WatsonIMDB Database page about The Magnificent Seven
Laredo1965-1967IMDB Database page about Laredo
My Three Sons1960-1972IMDB Database page about My Three Sons
The barn at Melody Ranch appeared as the outside of the main house.
Maverick1957-1962IMDB Database page about Maverick
Champion the Wonder Horse1955-56IMDB Database page about Champion the Wonder Horse
Gunsmoke1955Charles Marquis WarrenIMDB Database page about Gunsmoke
The Cisco Kid1950-1956IMDB Database page about The Cisco Kid

TV Movie (1)

Deadwood2019Daniel MinahanIMDB Database page about Deadwood

Further Information