"Three Magical Miles" measures 8.5" x 11" and is 160 pages. Copies are available in Cornell at the Canyon Grocery & Grill, The Old Place, The Cornell Winery, Charm D'Antan and the Rock Store. In Agoura Hills, the book is available at Agoura Feed and the Ladyface Ale Companie.
Mail orders are $22.00 plus $6.00 (U.S. only) for postage. Please inquire about international shipping rates. All proceeds from this non-profit book go towards preserving and sharing the rich history of this area with all. Please send orders to:
P.O. Box 111
Malibu, CA 90265
or PayPal funds to firstname.lastname@example.org
Copies autographed by author Brian Rooney available upon request.
From Frankenstein to M*A*S*H,
Elvis to Bogart, racing cars
and crowds by the thousands -
it all happened here.
may be the most unique local history book
This fascinating look at a small but historically rich area of the Malibu mountains covers a three mile radius around Malibou Lake where a key scene from the 1931 classic "Frankenstein" was shot, 20th Century Fox and Paramount Studios had their enormous location ranches, Ronald Reagan entertained dignitaries at his pre-Santa Barbara ranch and simians ran the world in the post-apocalyptic "Planet of the Apes".
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.
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.
The Three Magical Miles may be the only place in California where a former general store, one-room schoolhouse
and a post office dating from the 1920's still stand and remain in use today. Here, you can really touch the past!
"Three Magical Miles" has over 300 photographs from 1913 to the present day.
Foreword by Zev Yaroslavsky, Fmr. Supervisor Third District, County of Los Angeles
Remnants of a once-famous race track still exist. 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.
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, Kirk Douglas, Bob Hope, Warren Beatty, John Wayne, Burt Lancaster, Charleton Heston and many more!
"FRANKENSTEIN" at MALIBOU LAKE, 1931
MOVIE TOUR The very popular "Stand Where the Stars Did" movie history tour of the former 20th Century Fox Ranch near Malibu is available at no extra cost to groups, individuals, companies, churches and temples who purchase five or more copies of "Three Magical Miles". During the easy 90-minute walk, you'll stand where Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, Ray Milland, Charlton Heston, Maureen O'Hara, Roddy McDowall, Reese Witherspoon, Frank Sinatra, Cary Grant, Rex Harrison
and Adam West as "Batman" filmed scenes. Lots of great stories and pictures too!
Included in this fun and fascinating book are Malibou Lake, Malibu Creek State Park / 20th Century Fox Ranch, Historic Cornell, Paramount Ranch, Reagan Ranch, Lake Enchanto, Gillette Ranch,
locations of classic film & TV and much more!
M*A*S*H TOUR When TV’s legendary M*A*S*H finished filming on the old 20th Century Fox Ranch (now Malibu Creek State Park) in 1983, the site grew back and returned to its natural state. In late 2007, excess brush was cleared away, then information displays and a replica of the iconic signpost from the TV show were installed. The legendary site draws thousands of visitors a month and it’s become one of the top hiking destinations in L.A.
As the volunteer M*A*S*H site manager for State Parks, I lead no charge small group VIP tours for those who purchase eight or more copies of "Three Magical Miles" to the old set using the shorter back road. Get your friends from work, church, temple, etc. together and visit the 4077th. On the way, I’ll share information about the show, the site and restoration and the first-ever reunion of the M*A*S*H cast at the site. It’s 15 minutes each way, all flat with a mild uphill on the return. Total time is about 90 minutes.
Proceeds from "Three Magical Miles" go to park projects and historic preservation.
Contact author Brian Rooney (above) for more information on either tour.