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Manson Family Ranch

Los Angeles, California USA

“A dark reminder of California's past”

The ranch took its name from dairy farmer George Spahn, who purchased the property in 1948. Silent film actor William S. Hart owned the ranch prior to Spahn. Many western-themed movies and television shows were filmed on the ranch, including Duel in the Sun (1946) and television episodes of Bonanza, The Lone Ranger, and Zorro. It was also the filming location for the B-movie The Creeping Terror. Spahn was 80 years old and living at the ranch when he allowed The Manson Family to move in, rent-free, in exchange for labor. The family did daily chores and helped run the horse rental business, which had become Spahn's main source of income. Despite this arrangement, Spahn was never accused of any role in the many murders for which members of the Family were later convicted, the most infamous being the Tate-LaBianca murders committed on August 9th and 10th, 1969. In late 1969, Robert Hendrickson began filming the Manson Family at the ranch for his documentary film Manson. There he filmed Spahn, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, Bruce Clayton Elliott, Nancy Pittman, Catherine "Gypsy" Share, Sandra Good, Paul Watkins and others. It is the place where the 'family' lived while committing the 1969 Tate-LaBianca murders in Los Angeles. The 'family' also stayed at Barker Ranch, which is located in the Panamint Range between Death Valley and the Panamint Valley in the northern Mojave Desert. A wildfire destroyed all of the Spahn Movie Ranch's film sets and residential structures on September 26, 1970. George Spahn died on September 22, 1974, and is buried in Eternal Valley Memorial Park in nearby Newhall, California.

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Reviewed by
Hospitalwater

  • 3 Reviews
  • 7 Helpful
April 03, 2014

The original posts still remain from the ranch. But it is now gated and private.

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bryan.schroat

  • 13 Reviews
  • 5 Helpful
February 23, 2015
Rated 5.0

The ranch buildings are long gone.. More photos at Sobaire Photography on Facebook. While it is beautiful here, it has a very strange vibe to it. Its like a small shrine to the Manson Family. People have organized it. Here is my Spahn Ranch video. Subscribe to my Youtube Channel. SUBSCRIBE! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EGAgblUiKPM

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miss.gawker

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December 30, 2014

ill post a pic in a few

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Reviewed by
miss.gawker

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December 30, 2014

there is just a view point now

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