Books by Jerry England
Rendezvous at Boulder Pass: Hollywood's Fantasyland
Published 2010, Echo Press
ISBN: 978-0-615-21522-8 *** Out of Print ***
All new expanded study of historical Chatsworth, California movie location Ranches -- A primer on the Iverson Movie Ranch, and other filming locations in the Western San Fernando Valley -- Photos of your favorite silver-screen and six-gun heroes in action
In Chatsworth's backyard, there remains a fantasyland that was forever made famous by Hollywood
A place where Superman once captured the evil Luthor in his hidden Stoney Point cave, where Batman wrestled a criminal on top of a speeding locomotive, where Tarzan the Ape Man found an ancient elephant graveyard, and where John Wayne's fighting Seabees pushed a Japanese tank off the same cliff that Nyoka used to escape Vultura's killer ape.
The place is Boulder Pass. It was the jungles of India and Africa, the sands of the Sahara, the Khyber Pass between Pakistan and Afghanistan, the plains of Montana, and the High Sierras and the Rocky Mountains all rolled into one. It was the scene of stagecoach holdups, posses chasing outlaws on owlhoot (outlaw) trails, Indians attacking white settlers in remote cabins, flying rocket men, and unearthly spaceship landings. It was a land for make-believe. It could be anything a Hollywood director fancied.
Boulder Pass is a fictitious name borrowed from an old B-Western movie. The real place is the Santa Susana Pass in Chatsworth, California. For nearly three-quarters of a century, the Santa Susana Pass was home to the granddaddy of all movie location ranches--the Iverson Ranch.
Jerry England is a western movie historian and author who has researched and written about filming locations in the San Fernando Valley. Rendezvous at Boulder Pass is his second book about the area.
Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas
Published 2008, Echo Press
A photographic study of the historical Chatsworth, California movie location Ranches -- Iverson Movie Ranch, Brandeis Ranch, Corriganville, Bell Location Ranch, Burro Flats, Spahn Ranch, Chatsworth Lake, and the Chatsworth Railroad Depot.
About Jerry England
When the San Fernando Valley attempted to secede from the City of Los Angeles in 2002, a reporter described Jerry England as a "renaissance man" and an "expert on all things Valley."
The Valley Secession Fever web log wrote that "his close association with the old pastoral Valley gives the media the drama they need because contradiction is dramatic; how the Valley would become the country's sixth-largest city yet its most influential citizen is a cowboy." From then on, Jerry's efforts as a cowboy activist seeking to protect horse-keeping in the Valley have become legendary.
As a Western movie historian, he has researched and collected memorabilia associated with Santa Susana Mountain movie location ranches for the past decade; and after making a guest appearance on a ReelzChannel Dailies program titled Hollywood Was Here - The Iverson Movie Ranch, he decided to share his research and knowledge by writing Reel Cowboys of the Santa Susanas and "Rendezvous at Boulder Pass -- Hollywood's Fantasyland"
Jerry is also a cowboy folk artist. His Old West-inspired furniture has won accolades from publications, such as Southwest Art, Sunset, The Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine, and Home Magazine. He was featured on TV's Carol Duvall Show to demonstrate his technique.
Jerry is an avid horseman whose cowboy legacy and pioneer heritage can be back-trailed for over twelve generations across the forests and prairies of North America.