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2009/24: Southfork Ranch

Assignment 1 from Scott’s blog
Collective Shoot: Photograph a local area landmark in your hometown and tell us about it.

This isn’t exactly in my hometown, but it’s within a reasonable distance, so it counts, right? Besides, it is considered world famous, so of course I had to choose…

Southfork Ranch in Parker, TX


Remember the TV series “Dallas”? This was the location for the show. The house was built only a few years before Lorimar Productions discovered it for the TV show. The owners lived in the house during production and only the outside was used for filming. All the inside shots were filmed on a sound stage in California.

This is a shot of the back of the house, and the not-so-olympic-sized pool. It’s much smaller than it looked like on TV.


Here we have the famous driveway that was always seen in the opening of the show. This view is from (near) the house. Remember how the driveway seemed to be miles long? Not even close!! Ahh, the magic of television.


This is the actual 1978 Lincoln Continental Mark V, that Jock Ewing drove from 1978 until his death in 1982.
(For the car buffs…. 25,270 actual miles, 460 cu. in. engine, 19 feet 3 inches long)


And, the most famous prop: the gun that shot J.R. Ewing


16 responses

  1. plainmama

    I was not a Dallas watcher (too young and my parents weren’t into it), but somehow I still know all of this. I guess it was so famous that even the kids picked up on all the stuff.

    24. January, 2009 at 07:20

  2. I remember my parents watching it every week, and me begging them to let me stay up and watch it. LOL
    Can’t remember when the show made it to Germany (where I grew up), but they were quite a few seasons behind.

    24. January, 2009 at 07:32

  3. doreen3boys

    How cool!! I never really watched it either but like Amy, maybe a few episodes here and there, I know all this!! Is this a museum now? Is that car inside? How far away is it from you?

    I don’t have anything like this in our town……..hmm, back to the drawing board, lol!

    24. January, 2009 at 08:46

  4. No, it’s not really a museum…. but it’s a tourist attraction. The car is inside one of the gift shops (more of a boutique, because they sell mostly clothes. You can see the rackis in the background).
    It’s not far from me at all, just a few towns over.

    24. January, 2009 at 08:51

  5. Very cool post!

    24. January, 2009 at 14:58

  6. Wow! I just posted a single picture – you gave a series. I like the pool image very much. The colors are clear and balanced. -Cool!

    24. January, 2009 at 16:37

  7. Your pictures look great.

    24. January, 2009 at 16:54

  8. My mom used to love this show, I watched sometimes… very cool post M! I am hopefully going to get to my assignment tomorrow!

    24. January, 2009 at 18:06

  9. dalia

    cool pics!! I watched that show for a bit.

    24. January, 2009 at 20:30

  10. I remember Dallas. My Mom and my Aunts watched it every week. The summer of “Who Shot J.R.” was the first time I really noticed how TV could captivate a nation.

    Thanks for participating in the Collective Shoot assignment. Hope you enjoyed it. BTW, there’s still time for others to join in!

    26. January, 2009 at 08:58

  11. Fascinating! Yes, I watched with my Mom on occasion…good times, good times! LOL

    26. January, 2009 at 09:42

  12. We watched it too, it makes is very interesting to read your comments about the location. Great to see sunshine and blue sky…

    28. January, 2009 at 04:34

  13. I loved watching Dallas – so these photos really take me back. Thanks.

    28. January, 2009 at 05:18

  14. I’m not sure of that show…but LOVED all these shots! I feel like I totally skimped on my town pics 🙂

    28. January, 2009 at 09:03

  15. Um yeah, don’t remind me of how young you are, OK Terri? 😛 😉

    28. January, 2009 at 09:25

  16. Dynamite essay! I really can’t decide which shot I love more. I actually think it’s the big ol’ car…so beautifully shot.

    2. February, 2009 at 10:00

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