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Q: How in the west did you come up with the name "Phantom Ranch" for your website . . . was it named for the "Phantom Ranch" in the Grand Canyon?

Trail Riders of the West Logo 01 A: When we lived in Simi Valley, California, home of Ray "Crash" Corrigan's famous movie ranch "Corriganville," I joined a local B-Westerns and serials video viewing club called the Trail Riders of the West. For a long time, the group met at the marvelous Marr Ranch. Later we alternated meeting at the various club members' homes, each of whom had a "handle" and an appropriate name for his diggin's, such as Bandit's "Coach Inn," Buck's "Double J Bar 20 Ranch," Cherokee Slim's "Happy Hogan," Chester's "Long Branch Ranch," Dusty's "OK Corral," Golden Grizz's "Cave," Roper's "Marr-velous Ranch," Slick's "Ponderosa Ranch," and Thunder Eagle's "North Forty Ranch." Shortly after I'd joined, the club's poet "lariat," Will "Cherokee Slim" Lacey, penned a poem about me titled "The Phantom Side Kick." When it was my turn to host one of the club's meetings, I had to pick a name for the ol' homestead and Colorado's "Phantom Ranch" just kinda clicked. Ever since the early 1990s, our home has always been jointly known as Colorado and Red's "Phantom Ranch" to Westerner and non-Westerner alike. Then, a couple of years ago, when we decided to work on a personal website and were kicking around some names for our "home" page, why, our "Phantom Ranch" was a natural. So, riders and riderettes, no, our home and our website were not named for the Phantom Ranch that is part of the Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, it just seems that way!

--Dick "Colorado" Oakes   (www.PhantomRanch.NET)