Lake Tahoe, Nevada
Glenbrook Valley runs below U.S. Highway 50 a few miles inland from Lake Tahoe's southeast shore and Spooner Lake. Its primary features are the meadows, appropriately called the South Meadow with the towering Captain Pomin Rock behind it. The mountain peak was named after Captain Ernest John Pomin, captain of the S.S Tahoe. This area is part of the Glenbrook
community and has been exclusively private for more than five
generations. Dating back to 1860, the original owner of the Glenbrook area
was the late Captain Augustus W. Pray who was from Maine and was a sea
captain who had sailed both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans who built
his home on the South Meadow.
'Bonanza's' cast and crew filmed a good portion of season nine's "Check Rein" at the South Meadow. Some of the most memorable filmed scenes in this episode that were filmed at the meadow is where Candy rides in to try and take back Jase's black horse and is taken hostage by Gabrielle Bingham. Another memorable scene is an establishing shot where you can see Shakespeare Rock behind the barn where Candy is being held prisoner at. The same property was also used for Ben's logging camp at this private ranch situated along South Meadow and Old Highway 50 in Glenbrook Valley. Additionally, a filmed stock shot was filmed of the Cartwrights and Candy riding through the South Meadow, but was not used until the following tenth season in act one of "Salute To Yesterday".
The photos you see have me standing on a dirt trail above U.S. Highway 50 overlooking the Old Highway 50, South Meadow and Captain Pomin Rock nestled in Glenbrook Valley. In the near future I will get better views of it, so for now these will certainly bring back the memories of the above episodes for those who enjoy watching them.
Bonus Photos From Route 28!
These six thumbnails are further down the State Route 28, going north of U.S. Highway 50, looking at Lake Tahoe from above Lower Pray Meadows in May 2002, named after the owner of the majority of the Glenbrook area which was the late Captain Augustus W. Pray.
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