Originally settled in the 1800’s, Lockwood’s Ranch was home to a miner who lived in a one room cabin. Mr. Lockwood mined the local area and Lockwood Valley was named for him.
A quick stop by the Ridge Route Communities Museum and Historical Society gives you a peek back in the history of this beautiful 175+ acre ranch.
Museum records show that Lockwood’s Ranch was homesteaded in the early 1920’s. This property became the summer home for Walter Brown, a prominent Pasadena, California dentist, his wife and two kids, Rollin and Rosalyn. They would make the eight-hour trek from Pasadena, California and spend three months enjoying the great outdoors!
The Brown Family added on to the original one-room miner’s cabin to create a charming 1920’s get-away. Without running water or electricity, the Brown’s enjoyed their rustic summers riding horseback and planting orchards. Mrs. Brown would stock up the cupboards on a once-a-summer trip to Bakersfield. It is believed that “Tin Can Alley”, old rusted relics and glassware found on the Ranch, was from this era.
Rosalyn Brown shared some interesting insights to life on the Ranch in the 1920’s in a letter she wrote on file with the Ridge Route Historical Society and Museum.
When we started to remodel the main house at the Ranch, we discovered a “house within a house” and these historic photos answered all our questions. The Brown cabin still exists within the main house including the original fireplace and original windows.
In the 1930’s Dalton Trumbo purchased the Ranch. Trumbo was well known as an American screenwriter and novelist who scripted films including Roman Holiday, Exodus, Sparticus and Thirty Seconds over Tokyo. During the late 1930s and early 1940s, Trumbo became one of Hollywood’s highest-paid screenwriters. One of the Hollywood Ten, he refused to testify before the House Un-American Activities Committee in 1947 during the committee’s investigation of Communist influences in the motion picture industry. He was subsequently blacklisted by the industry. He continued working clandestinely, producing work under other authors’ names. Source: Wikipedia
County records show that Trumbo added a new residence to the property featuring the master suite, dining room, bar and grand living room. (The Brown’s cabin remained intact during this time as well as the two outbuildings which are still utilized for outdoor storage.)