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Film History of Ahmanson Ranch

Many historic movies were filmed at Ahmanson Ranch, then known as Lasky Mesa. Among the movies were Gone With the Wind, The Thundering Herd, The Charge of the Light Brigade and They Died With Their Boots On.

The Moving Picture World, October 10, 1914

The Lasky company has acquired a 4,000-acre ranch in the great San Fernando valley o which they have built a large two-story Spanish casa which is to be used in The Rose of the Ranch" which has just been started. The new ground is to be used for big scenes and where a large location is needed. A stock farm is to be maintained on the ranch. It is planned to use 500 people in the story. There will be 150 people transported through Southern California for the mission scenes. The studio will be used for the largest scene ever set up, the whole state and ground space being utilized.

The Calvary charges across Lasky Mesa in Ahmanson Ranch.
The rolling hills and mesas of Ahmanson Ranch and it's almost complete lack of development along with its close proximity to the movie industry in Los Angeles have made it a prime location for filming. For more pictures and background of Ahmanson Ranch's film history see Jerry L. Schneider's site.