Ever heard of a film called The Gay Desperado?
Didn’t think so. How about a fifties television show, The Cisco Kid?
Someone by the name of Leo Carillo starred in both, and his ranch is about 25 miles north of San Diego. I was really surprised to learn that Carillo was in his 70s when he did the TV show, because he rides a fast horse in the episodes and looks much younger. You can watch a film about him in the old barn that’s now a visitor center.
Carillo took an existing 1880s ranch and renovated the buildings and landscaping from 1937-1940. He wanted a retreat from the hubbub of Hollywood. The ranch is open to the public–free admission–and it’s kind of like going back in time.
Carriage House, Tack Shed and Cantina. I took the photo of the cowboy hat from the last post here.
A close-up of the cantina window.
I love this kind of cactus.
The house or hacienda is pretty modest by today’s standards.
The pool cabana and pump house, which looks like a garden shed up close:
Clark Gable and Carole Lombard were guests of Carillo’s.
A detail on one of the courtyard walls of the hacienda.
I am unable to pass a bougainvillea without photographing it. Especially when it’s in late afternoon sun.
More on Tuesday. . . .have a great weekend, everyone!