Today’s resolution: Notice the unnoticeable

29 Jun

This image is familiar to all watchers of The Lone Ranger television series.

“A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust, and hearty ‘Hi-Yo Silver!’ The Lone Ranger rides again!”

At the beginning of every episode of The Lone Ranger television series,  the masked hero galloped up to this rock on his white horse, Silver.

Silver and the ranger are long gone, but the rock remains. It was never on a movie set but in the northwest corner of the San Fernando Valley in California, an area that was the setting for many television and movie westerns.

The rock sits on the edge of a residential subdivision in the Chatsworth community, where I photographed it yesterday. Unless you know the rock is there and know exactly what to look for, you’d miss it.

But that’s the thing about these bits of Hollywood history. They’re everywhere in the Los Angeles area, many of them unmarked, undistinguished and unnoticed in commonplace surroundings.

So I’m fortunate that my brother-in-law John, a native Californian, enjoys sharing his vast knowledge about the area and its cultural history.

In addition to the Lone Ranger rock, he pointed out the exact point on California highway 126 where a scene in one episode of FX’s Sons of Anarchy was shot. Being an SOA fan, I recall that scene. And he drove me by the sound set of crime drama NCIS, which is an ordinary-looking office park in Santa Clarita. Again, unless you knew it was there …

Watching television with him is always interesting because he can identify the locations used in shows past and present. Just now, while watching an episode of original Outer Limits that aired in the ’60s, he pointed out that a dirt road shown in it is near the Vasquez Rocks in northern Los Angeles County.

Too fun. Thank you, John.

Lone Ranger rock at Chatsworth, California (2011/RO)


2 Responses to “Today’s resolution: Notice the unnoticeable”

  1. Donna McGowan June 29, 2011 at 3:01 pm #

    How neat! Sounds like a great trip!!

  2. Hanna June 29, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    I love how the rock is actually shaped like a horse. What fun!

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