Western Ho-Down in Chatsworth

Posted on June 30th, 2012 by & filed under Blog Venture, Everything Miz Meliz

Living in Chatsworth is a hoot!  I say that with much love and admiration.  Nestled in the foothills of the San Fernando Valley, between Northridge/Porter Ranch and the Santa Susanna Pass to Simi Valley, Chatsworth is a small and still somewhat rural community.  It’s a quaint little Western Town with a lot of history.  Most folks who live here have lived here their whole lives.  In fact, on the block where I live, my surrounding neighbors are all original owners from when the homes were first built in 1961.  This area is zoned for horses and farm animals.  In the evenings you can hear the clippity clop of horses hooves as the nearby ranchers take a leisurely ride.  There are still hitching posts at many of the businesses!  I wake up to the sound of roosters every morning. I love going for a walk and visiting the horses, goats, pigs, and sheep at the end of my block.  And, hey!  It’s still Los Angeles!

I love the Western style and influence of the area.  Besides shooting many Hollywood films in the dusty Chatsworth rocks nearby and at the well hidden Iverson Ranch tucked behind them, Chatsworth has been home to many of the film greats.

“All the cowboy movie heroes worked at Iverson — Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Audie Murphy, Randolph Scott, Tom Mix, William S. Hart and the rest. So did major movie stars from Barbara Stanwyck to James Cagney to Judy Garland to Henry Fonda to Shirley Temple. Bob Hope, Buster Keaton, Laurel and Hardy and the Three Stooges were among the comedy stars to film at Iverson. Pioneering stuntman Yakima Canutt perfected his trademark stagecoach stunts on the Upper Iverson’s well-traveled chase roads, while superheroes from Superman to Batman donned their capes at the ranch. Early TV Westerns such as “The Lone Ranger” and “The Cisco Kid” shot regularly at Iverson, paving the way for the next generation of bigger, better TV productions to bring their cameras to the ranch for classic series such as “Bonanza,” “Gunsmoke,” “The Virginian” and “The Big Valley.”

The businesses at the “West End” in Chatsworth, on Devonshire Street, near Topanga Canyon, have kept the Western influence alive and can be experienced in new modern ways.  Shop at The Silver King, eat at Los Toros, dance at The Cowboy Palace, and you will feel like you are the star of one of those 1930’s Westerns fer sure!

Here is a review of Los Toros that I wrote on YP.com  http://www.yellowpages.com/chatsworth-ca/mip/los-toros-mexican-restaurant-22383902?lid=22383902

If you haven’t been out to any of the businesses around the block lately, now is a good time to visit.  Seven of the businesses are hosting with the Chatsworth Business Improvement District, a monthly Art Walk on the last Friday of each month.  Bring the family and be welcomed by other Chatsworth families who own and operate the stores and restaurants that we pass every day.  We are lucky to have such a thriving community of caring individuals who were born and raised in our neck of the city!

A Chatsworth family owned business, The Silver King Silversmiths, is home to fine jewelry, Western Style accessories and historical artifacts.

Here is an audio podcast interview with Malila Davalos, President of Chatsworth B.I.D. and owner of The Silver King at last night’s event:  http://cinch.fm/miz-meliz/510442

Today, Silver King will be a sponsor of the Western Ho-Down at the Chatsworth Metro Station celebrating the extension of the Metro Orange Line.  If you have never been to the Train Station at Old Depot Plaza Road  – it is a must see!  It houses the Museum of Chatsworth Transportation and Movie History, which is small but interesting.

“The official opening of the line will be today, Saturday, June 30. Community festivities will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday only at the Canoga and Chatsworth Stations and will include food trucks, live music, group bike rides and much more.Free rides on the extension are planned both Saturday and Sunday between 7 a.m.and 7 p.m. Regular fares will apply on all other Metro Rail, Metro Rapid and  Metro Local lines.”

I hope to see you there as Chatsworth marks another important milestone in its history!

I wrote this post as part of my participation in an exclusive Clever Girls Collective program. All opinions are my own.

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3 responses to “Western Ho-Down in Chatsworth”

  1. Sidney says:

    Great news about the Orange Line. Now I have an excuse to come check out beautiful, nostalgic Chatsworth!

  2. prlamom says:

    Nice post Melissa. You make me want to live in Chatsworth. Wait, I do! 🙂 we are having fun here at the Western Ho Down. Great music, fun activities for the kids and community! Hope y’all can stop by!

  3. Donna says:

    Very cool! I lived in Chatsworth in the 1970s and am happy it retains that Western flavor. I had no idea the Western Ho-Down was happening today. Maybe we’ll drop by!

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