Cornell Winery and Tasting Room's speaker series LEARN.LOVE.LIVE.LIFE@Cornell presents Brian Rooney, author of THREE MAGICAL MILES.
Video Produced by Jee Jee Om
January 15, 2015.
Along with the development of Los Angeles came a steady stream of people from the East Coast along with their sporting needs. The Santa Monica Mountains served as their playground for many years and the stretch between Las Virgenes and Kanan served as a hot bed for these activities.
The history is intact as one of our local residents, Brian Rooney, has published a book on the local history called the “Three Magical Miles”. There is no one better versed in the history of the area and next week he is joining us at Cornell Winery to share with us the story between the lines.
Brian works with the National Park System by aiding them in tours and talks on how Hollywood influenced the area as well as simply staying connected with some of our aging residents who still carry with them the stories of a time gone by.
This fascinating look at a small but historically rich area of the Malibu mountains covers a three mile radius around Malibou Lake where a key scene from the 1931 classic "Frankenstein" was shot, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Studios had their enormous location ranches, Ronald Reagan entertained dignitaries at his pre-Santa Barbara ranch and simians ran the world in the post-apocalyptic "Planet of the Apes".
The Three Magical Miles may be the only place in California where a former general store, one-room schoolhouse and a post office dating from the 1920's still stand and remain in use today. Here, you can really touch the past!
"Three Magical Miles" has over 300 photographs from 1913 to the present day.
Foreword by Zev Yaroslavsky, Fmr. Supervisor Third District, County of Los Angeles.
From the 1920's through the 1950's, thousands came here regularly to bathe in the therapeutic mineral waters at Seminole Hot Springs and paddle boats, picnic and dance the night away at Lake Enchanto - a precursor to Disneyland.
Two iconic locations still draw visitors from around the world: the outdoor M*A*S*H set where the TV series was filmed and the Rock Store, the legendary gathering spot for motorcycling enthusiasts from across the country and across the seas
Remnants of a once-famous race track still exist. If you listen carefully, you can hear the roar of the engines. 5,000 acres of beautiful hills and trails where many films were shot by Fox and Paramount Studios are now open to the public and waiting for you to explore.
Music: Jason Shaw WHEELS and Matthew Mullane Untitled From Vimeo Music