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.


L.A.'s Amazing Historical Neighborhood

It's the only neighborhood of Los Angeles where a former general store, one-room schoolhouse and post office dating from the 1920's still stand and remain in use today.

Here, you can really touch the past!

Paulette Goddard and Fred MacMurray in "The Forest Rangers" (1942) on an old set at Paramount Ranch

This fascinating book covers L.A.'s most historically diverse neighborhood. Nowhere else in  Los Angeles will you find two former movie ranches where hundreds of films were shot; remnants of a 1950's race track; a millionaire's country club started in 1910; a mineral springs spa dubbed "The Palm Springs of Los Angeles", the working ranch of a future President; a world-famous gathering spot for motorcyclists; a popular pre-Disneyland amusement park; one of Los Angeles' oldest homes (1863) and more!

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 here. 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.

Included in this fun and enlightening book are the history of Malibou Lake, Malibu Lakeside, Malibu Creek State Park / 20th Century Fox Ranch, Historic Cornell, Paramount Ranch, Reagan Ranch, Lake Enchanto, Gillette Ranch, the Crags Country Club, historic Agoura, the Whizin family, MASH, Harry Miller, the Old Place, George Keller / Keller's Jungle Killers, Seminole Hot Springs, the Rock Store, locations of classic film & TV and much more! 

Just some of the actors who have shot movies here include: Paul Newman, Henry Fonda, Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Spencer Tracy, Robert Mitchum, Humphrey Bogart, Marlon Brando, Mary Pickford, Cary Grant, Mickey Rooney, Lillian Gish, Dick Van Dyke, Shirley MacLaine, James Stewart, Charlie Chaplin, Reese Witherspoon, Toby Maguire, Lucille Ball, Claudette Colbert, W.C. Fields, The Little Rascals, Diane Lane, Bob Hope, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Charleton Heston and many more!

Among the over 200 films that shot scenes here are: "Frankenstein" (1931); "Planet of the Apes" (1968), "Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid", "How Green Was My Valley" (Best Picture Oscar winner - 1941); "Batman" (1966); "Dr. Dolittle" (1968); "The Great Dictator"; "Gone with the Wind"; "Love Me Tender"; "American Sniper" and "Pleasantville" as well as TV's "The Rifleman"; "Daniel Boone"; "Westworld", "Modern Family" and "Twin Peaks".

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"Three Magical Miles" features images from 1911 to the present day and gets better with each edition.
1st edition (2003-sold out) = 180 photos  2nd edition (2007-sold out) = 220 photos  3rd edition (2012-sold out) = 305 photos

4th edition - 2018 - with 400 photos is NOW AVAILABLE !

Follow this ever-evolving project on Facebook: "Three Magical Miles"
where you'll see bonus extra photos that don't appear in the book.

"Three Magical Miles" measures 8.5" x 11" and is 204 pages. Copies are available in Cornell at the Cornell Winery, Charm D'Antan and the Rock Store. In Agoura Hills, the book is available at Blue Table and Agoura Feed. And in Calabasas, it's available at the Santa Monica Mountains Visitor Center at King Gillette Ranch.

Order your copies on-line here!

OR to order by mail - send $24.00 plus $8.00 (U.S. only) for a padded envelope and USPS Priority Mail shipping (postal rates keep increasing) to:

R7 Media
P.O. Box 111
Malibu, CA  90265

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Copies signed by author Brian Rooney available upon request.

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From the beginning, proceeds from this book have gone towards preserving and sharing the rich history
of this special area with all.  Significant educational signage is now being planned for the next outlay.

for holiday delivery is December 18th
at Noon!