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The Ingalls family
Big Sky Ranch
Simi Valley, California
Big Sky Ranch

Big Sky Ranch

Big Sky Ranch

Big Sky Ranch
     Big Sky Ranch in Simi Valley was used for filming the local exteriors for the show. The Ingalls outbuildings and Walnut Grove town facades were built in April and May of 1974. The ranch was rented weekly from June 1974 through January 1983. A two-story facade house was built for filming some stories and was later redressed as the School for the Blind, which was burned down in "May We Make Them Proud" in 1980. They property was last rented in June and July of 1983 for the "Little House" television movies that summer.

     Michael Landon blew up the Walnut Grove town buildings for "The Last Farewell", which was the last of the three television films made at the ranch. He didn't want the land razed after the lease expired and his second reason was a defensive gesture towards any other entity in Hollywood to dare remake his series while he was alive and well.

     He left the Ingalls outbuildings intact as well as the town church and Laura's house. Stan Ivar took the original "Little House" facade to his private ranch northeast of Los Angeles and replaced it with a replica at Simi Valley. He would periodically go back to the ranch to repair the facades due to vandals trespassing.

     In the late 20th century, the ranch was the victim of the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Many of the structures on the property were severely damaged and had to be demolished. Today, only a portion of the land has been developed and was modified into homes and a large golf course. The majority of the developed region wasn't used extensively for filming of "Little House".

     The area used for the filming of "Little House" wasn't part of the developed land. There is a subdivision that was built on the land and named after the Walnut Grove town in the series. But no filming was ever done on this section of the land. Prior to the 2005 Simi/Verdale wildfire, most of the "Little House" exterior sets were still standing. They were used in many films, including Buffalo Bill Cody and numerous automobile commercials.

     The Nature Conservancy and a consortium of government agencies and local land trusts have been attempting to buy the remainder of the land from Issac Moradi, the owner and developer of the property for a number of years. The white farm house where the aliens land in Men in Black is about 100 yards from the "Little House" sets. The land is one of the most secluded and untouched regions left in Southern California. Hopefully, one day in the future it will be preserved for good.
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Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie



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Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

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