Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Hiking in Corriganville

Corriganville is a former movie set from the heyday of Western films. The park is named after cowboy actor Ray "Crash" Corrigan who purchased the property in 1937. It also served as the set for filming the television show Tarzan.

Underwater shots were filmed from an enclosed room with windows under the water.

My fondest childhood memories were in the Hopetown days when Bob Hope owned the property. After Bob Hope relinquished his rights to the property, the area fell into disrepair. It now is owned by the City of Simi Valley and maintained by the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District. The good news is that the park is in better shape. The bad news is that the dry cement bed that housed Tarzan's diving pool is no longer skated with reckless abandon.

A great hike was made even better by skipping through trails with an ubercool aunt, my Hopetown Hullabaloo girl scout cohort (a festival celebrated on these same trails about three decades ago...we were Brownies, man).

And grandma's hugs.

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