Abandoned Western Movie Ranch History Revealed at Santa Susanna Railroad Depot

Neek sez:

Just up the street from Corriganville Park is the Santa Susanna Depot.  This must be the smallest train depot we had ever seen but it sure packs a lot of history!

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The Santa Susanna Depot was built in 1903 and is just one of a few that has survived from that time.  It’s located in Simi Valley, California and is one of the best kept secret museums in the area!

A group of enthusiastic volunteers help with the upkeep and will answer any questions you have of the exhibits and the surrounding area.  Lex and I were even given some popcorn when we happened to catch a film there on what else?!!  Corriganville!

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We found and learned so much about Corriganville which is on our video.  There was an enormous amount of information and a model of the actual amusement park during its peak.

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The Santa Susanna Depot is not at its original location.  It was moved to its current location in sections when in 1973, the Rancho Simi Recreation and Park District purchased it from the Southern Pacific Railroad (for a $1 what a bargain!).  It took 10 years of effort by the Park District and Rancho Simi Foundation to raise enough funds to start restoration.

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The Rancho Simi Foundation restored the depot to look like it did in the 1930’s and the Santa Susanna Pacific Model Train Club has lovingly created an amazing model of what the area looked like in the 1950’s.

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Irene, the wonderful docent who answered all of our questions about Corriganville and the Santa Susanna Depot told us about Robin Hood Lake and how they filmed movies underwater with special equipment.

Well, we decided to go back to Corriganville and try to find that lake.  Check back for our next adventure!

Lex sez:

We were pleased to see that very close to Corriganville was a train depot called the Santa Susanna Depot.  Hard to believe this tiny place was in operation for more than 60 years, but that’s exactly what the Santa Susanna Depot did for the Simi Valley in California since it was built by Southern Pacific in 1903.  Neek and I were very impressed with how wonderfully everything was restored to look like it did in the 1930s.

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But what really got me excited was seeing how much was revealed there about Corriganville!  They had a fantastic model recreation of how Corriganville looked during its heyday in the 1950s, including a miniature model of how what I described in the video as “Stonehenge” looked.  Then came the real treat: a movie about Corriganville!  Neek and I enjoyed our popcorn and movie which filled in a lot of gaps of our knowledge of the place.


2 thoughts on “Abandoned Western Movie Ranch History Revealed at Santa Susanna Railroad Depot

  1. Bev Guettler says:

    I grew up in Southern California and went to corriganville. I loved it as a little girl. You could go horseback riding and it had shops with souvenirs.


    • Hi Bev! We’ve lived in Southern California a long time but were amazed to find out about Corriganville and it’s history. It looked like such a fun place to visit. Glad you were able to go and enjoy it.


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