Giddyup Steak Lovers, giddyup. . . .
We've created Corrigans Steakhouse, the Eating, Drinking and Gathering Place just for you.
We know how it is out there on the long, hot trail. Why don't ya' stop on by, kick the dust off your boots, and enjoy some great western food & drink that will have you yellin' "Eee-haw, get along little doggie!"
A Tribute to the Old West:
Take a step back in time in our historic western setting while enjoying some of the tastiest, juiciest, moderately priced slabs of beefsteak this side of the Rocky Mountains.
From the ocean-fare side of the menu, there are plenty of savory choices, too. You'll find fresh shrimp, scallops, lobster, crab legs, clams, white snapper, salmon "catch of the day" and so much more.
Always fun for the whole family, we have the best "rib-sticking" breakfasts, lunch items, and most authentic Western Barbecue ever. Don't forget to try our award winning Western Bowl of Chili that will just "knock your boots off."
Oh, and we also have a Fettucini Alfredo dish that will make the most discerning "city slickin' buckaroos" stand up and take notice.
With our great western bar, banquet rooms & authentic barbecue catering we have everything a cowboy and cowgirl could want.
Tom Corrigan, Our Famous Owner
Tom is the son of the legendary stuntman-actor Ray "Crash'' Corrigan, who founded the great movie theme park Corriganville from his huge movie ranch on the Simi Valley, Santa Susana Pass.
Tom, a child actor and cowboy, lived with his family at the ranch for the first 20 years of his life. He learned all the skills of a real "honest to goodness" horseback ridin' cowboy & actor from his father. He still does a little ridin' and ropin' today.
His father created homes from each of the sets that the movie companies left behind on the ranch after each movie filming was completed. Corrigan’s grandparents, aunts, uncles and other family members lived in these sets with the western facades and all.
|Diane and Tom Corrigan
A long line of great cooks.
Over all those years at the ranch the family developed authentic western recipes to feed their actor friends during the filming of the 3000+ movies shot on location at the Corrigan ranch.
In 1949, Ray Corrigan opened his movie ranch to the public and named it Corriganville, with its simulated western towns and stagecoach rides, it was the theme park precursor to Disneyland.
"At the beginning, we were bringing in more people than we could handle," says Tom Corrigan, "People had to stay overnight and be fed. They couldn't get over Santa Susana Pass, and had to carry water bags on the sides of their cars.
We soon worked out its kinks, eventually pulling in as many as 20,000 people a day to its fantasy of the Old West."
In 1982, Tom Opened Corrigan's Steakhouse where the general public could enjoy the same great recipes served to the hard working movie folks at the movie ranch. It also served as a "watering hole" and meeting place for his actor friends. Still today, one of the old movie greats will drop by to say "howdy", enjoy the great food & drink and sign autographs in the authentic western atmosphere.
Corrigan's Steakhouse brings back Hollywood's golden years.
Inside you'll find a wonderful collection of memorabilia from his father's movie ranch... Historic stage coaches, buggies, saddles, movie western attire, six-shooters, autographed pictures of the western stars, branding irons, elk heads, bear skins and so much more. If you have an interest in frontier America, you'll be awed and pleased as soon as soon as you walk through the door.
There's a good chance you'll also see Tom Corrigan, the big man in a in a black Stetson and lizard cowboy boots wandering around enjoying all the visitors and friends.
Tom is a charismatic, likable man. He is always willing to tell a story about the good ol' movie days and autograph the free, vintage Corriganville maps. He draws as many people to his "eating, drinking & gathering place" as does his great food.
Tom has something about him that is deeply rooted in our heritage -- he's a solid type of man with a lot of character... he's liked and respected by all.
A veteran of the marine corps, Tom stated, "I learned most of my values from my dad, Ray "Crash" Corrigan. From the time when I was little, my father taught me many things about courage, having character and being a great cowboy. I loved him very much. My steakhouse is a tribute to him and all the great accomplishments he made."
So come on in, partners. Enjoy the entertaining and historic western environment. Meet the famous Tom Corrigan and partake in his Great Food and Drink. You'll be glad you did.
See ya' at Corrigan's, folks!
About Ray "Crash" Corrigan.
February 14, 1902 - August 10, 1976.
Born Raymond Benard, "Crash" was an American actor most famous for appearing in Western movies and operating Corriganville -- one of America's top tourist destinations in the 1950s. Bob Hope bought the ranch in 1966 and renamed it "Hopetown," it is now a Regional Park and nature preserve.
Letter from Ray: Originally appeared in Vol. 1, No. 3, Summer Edition, of The Corriganville Gazette:
My name is Ray "Crash" Corrigan. I'd like to tell you a story, a true story, in fact it is the story of my life.
It all starts back in the 1930's, when I was a physical culturist, and my job was to keep the stars of Motion Pictures in good condition. One day, while helping Dolores Del Rio, Cedric Gibbons of MGM spotted me and offered me a chance to go into pictures. Sounded all right to me, and soon I was a swimming and stunt double for the "Tarzan" movies. Eventually I graduated to bigger and better parts, and between MGM and other studios, I acted in over thirty films before signing with Republic Studios. At Republic they starred me in three serials, "Darkest Africa," "The Undersea Kingdom," and "The Painted Stallion." Incidentally, "The Undersea Kingdom" grossed over $50,000,000. Soon after, I became known as "Tuscon Smith" while starring in "The Three Mesquiteers." We also made 24 of these films and soon after I was signed by Monogram Studios, who gave me the starring role in "The Range Busters." They also made 24 of these. Since my career at Monogram, I have been lucky to be either starred or featured in over 30 films for various studios. But I am digressing, forgive me!
During the time I was making one of "The Three Mesquiteers" and needing a change of pace, I went on a hunting trip. Always did like to hunt. While on this hunting trip, I stumbled on this picturesque and peaceful spot in the Simi Valley.
These were the years when Motion Pictures had problems. Their problems were that they needed fresh ideas, new faces and different locations. Realizing this, thousands rushed to Hollywood. Already a carryover from the historic old west, this Simi Valley soon echoed once again to gunshots, racing stage coaches, pitched fights between the "Goodies" and the "Baddies." It was a time when the wildest stunts brought the biggest box office, when western heroes wore ten gallon hats and the "Bad Guys" wore black hats, blazing a trail of dirty deeds. Yet, it wasn't long before Motion Pictures matured.
In 1937 I bought this ranch, all 2,000 acres of it, that is now the Corriganville Movie Ranch. I built my home here and just plain enjoyed the ranch, with time out to star in Motion Pictures. The film companies soon began to realize that the ranch offered such a wide variety of terrain, including lakes, mountains, mines, caves, villages, and other attractive facilities. They took advantage of its historic western heritage and up to the present time over 3,500 films and television series have used the ranch at one time or another.
Shortly after securing the ranch, I realized that it seemed a shame not to share this "Last Living Frontier" with others. Well, I decided to do something about it. Yep, you're right, I opened up the place for everyone to enjoy. Instead of the Ray Corrigan Ranch, it became known as Corriganville, where finally the mayor, sheriff, fire marshal, and editor of the Corriganville Gazette were all one man, yours truly. Almost forgot that I'm the postmaster, too. The United States Post Office realized that we are really a town and you'll find Corriganville, California in every post office directory throughout the world.
You know, folks who come to Corriganville say that this place is timeless, and I guess they're right. It stands as an epitaph to an era, so rich in romance, so wild in adventure, that it has captured the hearts of many. Jesse James, General Custer, William H. Bonney (Alias Billy the Kid), are all gone, but Corriganville is still one place that exists to remind us of those days.
While at Corriganville, I sure hope you enjoy the many historic and scenic spots and that you will be thrilled by the live re-recreations which are enacted on our "Silvertown" western street. These events (a different one every half hour) and others occur all day long. The actors and our entire staff will do their utmost to make your day worthwhile. As your host, I also pledge myself to do everything in my power to make your visit to Corriganville a memorable one.
Well, so long and thank you for listening to my writings and I hope to see you in person at Corriganville.
|Ray "Crash" Corrigan