Flynn had a Cabin in the Garden of the Gods?

29 Mar

A Question, Not a Quiz.

Flynnvestigating other matters, I came across claims and suggestions implying that Errol may have owned a lake and cabin/hunting lodge at the long now gone “TWIN LAKES PARK”, “Twenty-five miles from Hollywood”, aka “Southern California’s Garden of the Gods”. One site suggests, too, that he even built a dam at near his alleged lodge.

Quoting a comment on the great Iverson Movie Ranch post linked below:

“One of the “Twin Lakes” was reputed to belong to Errol Flynn and the dam can still be seen from DeSoto Ave. (North of the 118) Flynn had a cabin (The old Dave Rhodes Ranch) and he used to hunt in the area.”…

Quoting a site on local (Chatsworth) history:

“Errol Flynn once owned a hunting lodge in Chatsworth and built a dam that still remains just north of the 118 freeway near Browns Canyon Road?”…

Does anyone have any information or thoughts on these claims? Should we be hunting for this lakeside lodge of Errol Flynn? – Or are these claims of Flynn’s lakeside lodge a dam mistake?

Here are front and back looks of a now long gone entrance to Twin Lakes Park:

Here’s a glimpse of the Twin Lakes gate in White Heat, filmed by Raoul Walsh:

— Tim


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  1. The Zaca

    March 29, 2017 at 9:43 pm

    Great post GT and the links – wowza – eating them up. More history! THANK YOU!!!

    • Gentleman Tim

      March 30, 2017 at 8:17 am

      Thanks, TZ! I, too, very much enjoy this type of history.

      It will take more digging before we can know for sure if and in what way Errol was connected to Twin Lakes, but it certainly seems this would have been a good and quickly accessed hideaway for him. It appears many locals have never seen or even heard of the place.

      Over the years, it has reportedly drew a wide assortment of residents, from The Captain & Tenille, to Tex Watson – who, I suppose, came for the killer views.

      I wish I were in SoCal now, so I could go do some on-the-ground Flynnvestigation. Someone in the neighborhood, or at the Chatsworth Historical Society, may know more and/or be able to provide some leads on whether and where exactly had a place in the area.