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If you don't use this map to get around The McCain Ranch.....you'll get lost!

The McCain Ranch is under construction.

The McCain Ranch Messageboard
Do you love "The Rifleman" as much as we do?
Take the trail to North Fork and stop by The McCain Ranch. 
Sit a spell, have Sweeney draw you a beer or maybe a sarsaparilla, it's on the house!
We'd sure would love to chit chat with you a spell and hear your comments on this great show!
Lots of fun & games!  How much do you know about this great show? 
Come on and join the fun!

To 'all' members of the ranch..... thank you for all your support & all you do for the ranch The McCain Ranch/Website/Messageboard.
Lucas, Mark & Cowgirl too, thanks you!

*Be sure an check out the official website of "The Rifleman" — LGL Productions

 "The Rifleman"
 all 168 episodes in detail
Come along with Lucas & Mark and to The McCain Ranch/North Fork and share their stories, their love, their wisdom and yes their trials and tribulations.

Mark's Memories  
These are Mark's Story's about all 168 episodes. 
You have heard Lucas' Story's now hear Mark's
written by Michelle Palmer
You won't want to miss these stories,
they are great!

This TV Western is set in the 1880's. 
Travel along with Jason McCord, the only survivor of the Bitter Creek Massacre.
He court-martial and stripped of his rank.
Come along with Jason as he travels the country trying to prove he's not a coward.

On Trail with the cast of "The Rifleman"

The Rifleman On the Rodeo Trail

Really great pictures from a rodeo around 1960's.  It sure looked like a lot of fun!


Character Actors Pages Index
Who appeared in more episodes on
"The Rifleman" then anybody else?
This page includes 'The Stuntmen' & 'Women'
of "The Rifleman"

One Timers Only
Whether they have appeared one time only or 168 times, they are just as important
as the main characters and/or anyone else involved in "The Rifleman"

Doc Burrage
The Doc was a regular character on the show.
How many different actors played Doc Burrage?
Can you name them?


There were seven different actors who played
Nils or Niles or was it Nels?
  Was it Swenson/Swensen or was it Svenson? 

This is an article from Look Magazine
June 21, 1960. 
"The Star Stands In" — from 'Heller'

Pardon our dust.....  'The Ordeal'
Here is a great article about "The Rifleman" — October 1959 TV Guide

"The Rifleman" Casualty list

"There was a lot of violence on The Rifleman.
We once figured out that I killed on the average of two and a half people per show.
That's a lot of violence,"
Chuck recalled with conviction.
Thanks Donna Hume for this great page!

Does anyone have any idea what regiment Lucas was really in during the war? 
One thing for sure Lucas was a Lieutenant. . . .

Indiana Regiments

Thanks to Renewed Fan this great page!

Ladies of the Night
These ladies were not quite as colorful as most
of the "Ladies of the Night,"
but I felt they deserved recognition

CTV Television Network LTD

The TVA Network began operation at the first private station in Montreal - October 1, 1961. The Canadian Television Network (CTN) debuts as a second national network. Its name would change to CTV in 1962.


This is what I call The McCain Ranch "Bloopers" pages . . . . . there are oodles of blooper  pages, yes — bloopers!  Believe it or not, "The Rifleman" did have its share of Bloopers!   But then I think we're all aware of that by now!   I will be going back and adding the earlier ones from time to time.  This will take a while, so please bear with me.  I sure could use any and all help, please feel free to send me anything you might find interesting.   I'll see if I can capture it and add it to one of these pages. 

I would like to thank each and everyone of you for participating in this —
Keep 'em comin' . . . . .

"The Rifle"  

How many times did the Rifleman shoot in the opening scene of the show?
Please click on the rifle to find out the answer!


These links pertain to stories or information about The Rifleman's rifle

The Rifle –– Check out Pete pages & Pete with his rifle
Also Pete's theory & others on. . . . .

Great stuff here on the pilot rife that was in 'The Sharpshooter'
Check out Shawn's rifle pages & stories and several other weapons on the show.
Mark's rifle was a .22 from the episode 'Mark's rifle'
Nathaniel Cameron, carried a Hollywood Henry in 'The Grasshopper'
'The Jailbird', the "$300.00 rifle" that Eli Manse bought
'Stranger at Night', Artemus Quarles revolver he stole from a man that he killed
Jeremy Pennebroke's rifle, from 'Sporting Chance'

You won't want to miss rooster's 'Sidewinder' episode #158 — The alternate ending and also his
Colt Single Action Revolver page
This is the weapon use in the 'Sidewinder' by Grid Maule played by Billy Hughes Jr.

Johnny Crawford & his Rifleman's Rifle

Robert Lanthier

Jonny Payne's rifle
Rifleman's rifle, rifle stand & Johnny West Collection

Winchester4440's Collection

Lot's of super rifle pages & pictures from the fans of "The Rifleman"
Billy — Bucky — Eddie — Jeff W.

These links pertain to stories or information about The Rifleman's rifle & weapons that were on
"The Rifleman"

In Memory of Moe Hunt, My Friend
I promised Moe he would be back in The McCain Ranch & I kept my promise!
Thanks Moe for the memories!



Locations of the The McCain Ranch

"The Rifleman"

Malibu Creek State Park
Trail to The McCain Ranch/Map


Gone But Not Forgotten
"The Rifleman" filming locations

"The McCain Ranch"
"Gone But Not Forgotten"
"1958 vs. 2006" —
"Time Can Stand Still"

How far did you say it was to the
McCain Ranch/North Fork?

A Rifleman Promotional Article
Chuck Connors
                     Johnny Crawford
                                              TV Stars of The Rifleman

"When the West Was Fun"
This rip-roarin' special brings together some of the greatest Western heroes,
villains and sidekicks ever to ride across the TV screen.
This is a great show and a great page, I bet it will be one of your favorites!

ABC's Silver Anniversary Celebration - A Gathering of Stars
ABC has gathered up as many former series stars as they can for a taping to celebrate its anniversary.


Table of Content to Everything
Chuck Connors


Chuck Connors
The Man aka Lucas McCain

Chuck Connors Obituary

Chuck Connors bio on YouTube

Chuck Connors
"In Memory of "The Rifleman"
1921 - 1992
© 1992 David Fury


 I had visited Chuck gravesite in 2004
I was honored to pay my respects to Chuck, Allan & Marcella Connors, Chuck's mother & father.  His ex-wife, Betty, mother of his children and his longtime friend, secretary
and companion, Rose Marie Grumley, who Chuck was so fond of.

Chuck Connors Star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame


Chuck Connors was inducted into the
 Cowboy Hall of Fame in 1991

The Rifleman meets Leonid Ilyich Brezhnev
February 12th & 19th 2005 from the 1030 -110 BBC Radio Four in the United Kingdom

Chuck Connors on the Campaign Trail

Medicine Hat Oaks
ow Glory Ranch — pictures
This was originally Chuck's ranch
Hear Chuck explain the meaning of

We never can get enough of Chuck Connors.....
Pictures of Chuck Connors
at home at his ranch

Do you know who Shepherd was?

Sakura Killers 1987 Movie
Not sure how many of you know that Sakura Killers was filmed on location at
Medicine Hat Oaks!  (Chuck's ranch)
These pictures were taken from the movie

Medicine Hat Oaks For Sale
This was Chuck "real" Ranch

Chuck Connors Estate Auction
was handled by C. B. Charles 
"the auctioneer to the stars"

The house where Chuck Connors stayed while his ranch, Medicine Hat Oaks was being built. (summer 1976)


Tall in the Saddle / Tall in the Saddle

From the archives of People Magazine
November 23, 1992 Vol. 38 No. 21
By Mark Goodman

Bigfoot Wallace
This was a rare made for TV pilot.  It is not available on video and never shown on TV

Boy with a knife starring Chuck Connors


Johnny Crawford on Facebook

Johnny Crawford on MySpace

Johnny Crawford aka Mark McCain

40th Anniversary of "The Rifleman"
w/Johnny Crawford aka Mark McCain

Horse Sense
Horsin' around with Wendy & Johnny Crawford

Horse Sense
Johnny Crawford & his horse Two-Bits

Horse Sense - Rodeo w/Johnny Crawford

Horse Sense - Ropin' w/Johnny Crawford

Johnny Crawford at IHOP
Attack on a stack of “wheats” lights eye of young Johnny Crawford of TV show "The Rifleman"

"Mr. Novak" — 'Tender Twigs'
Johnny Crawford — Bobby Crawford
& Tony Dow

Mark's Torn Hat
Now you see it, now you don't! 
Help yourself to these pictures

Johnny Crawford / Johnny Crawford
Johnny Crawford, The Rifleman's Coltish Kid,
Saddle Up Again with
Chuck Connors, His TV Dad
From the archives of People Magazine
February 19, 1990 Vol. 33 No. 7


My Brother Johnny Crawford
 by Nancy Crawford

Curtis Publishing Vintage
Jack & Jill Magazine July 1960

"How many of the
Mouseketeers appeared on "The Rifleman" besides Johnny Crawford?"  There were two other Mouseketeers,
 plus one person that got honorary
can you name any of them? 


Paul Fix
aka Marshal Micah Torrance

Herschel Burke-Gilbert
Lyrics The Rifleman
Herschel Burke-Gilbert

Harlan Warde aka John Hamilton
President of the North Fork Bank

John Harmon aka Eddie Halstead
Owner of The Madera House

Bill Quinn ~ Sweeney Bartender
Last Chance Saloon aka North Fork Saloon

Hope Summers aka Hattie Denton
Owner of The General store

Joan Taylor aka Millie Scott
Owner of the General Store after Hattie left
[1960 - 62]
Joan Taylor Brings Romantic Interest to
'The Rifleman' Series

by Pat Morrison — The Modesto Bee, Sunday December 25, 1960

Patricia Blair aka Lou Mallory
Owner of the General Store, Madera House, a farm and several parcels of land
[1962 - 63]

"The Rifleman" series has a new girl friend,
 Lou Mallory

The kiss that never happened or did it?

Perils of a Producer's wife.....

Holt Coyle
'Welcomes you to' The Skull Ranch
Don Drysdale
George Willeford


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The Rifleman — Opening Theme

The Rifleman — Closing Theme

Lyrics to The Rifleman Theme

Cowboy's Lullaby — 'The Baby Sitter'

"Dance with a Dolly with a hole in her Stocking" sung by 
Phyllis Avery as Leona Pickford Bartell
'The Baby Sitter'

"Dance with a Dolly with a hole in her Stocking"
sung by Johnny Crawford

Jake Pardee song 'The Challenge'
[short wav]

Jimmy Crack Corn — 'Honest Abe'

Champagne — 'The Actress'

Something Special —'A Young Man's Fancy'

Oh, That We Two Were Maying 
'The Vision'

Cowboy in Shorts from
"When the West Was Fun"

Greensleeves from
'Old Tony'

'Mark's Theme'

 Battle Hymn of the Republic
Long, Long Ago ~ Springtime
from 'None So Blind'

'Seventy Times Seven' C Cnos
"Forgive those who repeatedly
offend you. . . . ."
"Somebody Bigger Then you or I"
Hear Chuck & Johnny do this
 2 different versions

What say you? 
At the end of 'The Raid' when you see Lucas & Chaqua fighting and Lucas is strangling Chaqua, did Lucas strangle Chaqua to death or did he render him unconscious?  
I'd like to hear your opinion.

The Rifleman.....starring Chuck Connors
Do you know who the announcer was in the beginning of "The Rifleman" episodes?
Could Dick Wesson, announcer of the syndicated intros and announcer for Walt Disney presents..... be the guy we have been looking for?

Mark's Hat
Johnny sometimes worn a hat with a hole in it
and maybe the next episode no hole.

So why did the hat vary from episode to episode? 

How many episodes did Mark not wear a hat?

Ole Shorty
sung/told by Johnny Crawford

Songs of The Rifleman

Can you name the episodes these songs were in?

Peter William's 'A Winter's Tale'
Peter has several great CD's, be sure & check them out!
Peter Williams

 On the set of "The Rifleman"

Guest on the set of "The Rifleman"

Some of the famous ballplayers who visited the set in those days included future Hall of Famers Sandy Koufax, Don Drysdale, Duke Snider, and Stan Musial.  Other Celebrities to drop in on Connors were Gene Autry, director William Wyler, Maurice Chevalier, Dodge president Walter O'Malley, Charleston Heston and his son Fraser and Oscar Farley.

Chuck and family on the set of "The Rifleman"

Kids on the set of "The Rifleman"
'Tension' on the set'

'The Schoolmaster'

'First Wages'

The Sports Center

Sports Center


  Welcome to the  "The Dugout"

The Basketball Court

Don Drysdale
The Skull Ranch

Sid Gillman

Walter O'Malley

Duke Snider

The Golf Hall of Fame

The Golf Course

Charitable Invitational  — Golf Tournaments


Chuck and Arnold Palmer were good friends, so it was not surprising when Chuck gave Arnold Palmer a rifle from the TV Series " The Rifleman " - See where one of the original rifle is today.
Do you know how many rifles there were?  Was it 2 or 3 or more original rifles?

Fan Section

The Fan's Section -Table of Contents
This section has a lot of neat things in it that fans of "The Rifleman" wanted to share with you.
This section has something for everyone!
Do you have something you want to share?

"The Rifleman" short stories

Writer's Corner
Do you like Fan Fiction?
This is the place to read all about "The Rifleman" What was going on wuth Lucas & Mark before the show?  When did Mark grow up to be?  Did Lucas re-marry?
This is the place to read all about it!

These writer's are the best!
The Writer's also have some different
"Holiday Stories" for you to enjoy!


If you like Collages, you came to the right place.....

Dianna's Collages
Kira Collages & Stamps
Heather's Collages

Soquilii Collages
jccc Collages

Valentine's Day at The McCain Ranch

Lucas McCain

Mark McCain

Micah Torrance

The North Fork Church

We all know that Lucas read and quoted from the Bible many of times throughout the episodes.  Here are six Parables that will give you insight to these episodes —
'The Sheridan Story'— 'The Horse Traders' — 'The Deserter' — 'Trial of Hate' — 'The Clarence Bibs Story' — 'The Queue'

The Book of Job
"Help me saddle up boy.....I want to tell you a story. Come on....."  "Along time ago in a country so far west, it's almost due east of here.....lived a big stock man with a beard so long it reached down to his belly button." "His name.....was Job."

The McCain Ranch mourns the lost of Arnold Laven
Sadly Arnold passed away on September 13, 2009
"The Producer..... 'My Friend' !"

The Producer's Corner
by Arnold Laven

"Slaughter on Tenth Avenue"

Tragedy Among the Co-Stars
Years ago when I was doing the piddlin' stuff..... for the episode guide list I couldn't help but notice some of the
tragedy some of these stars endured.  We sometimes see these stars as having such a glamorous life,
but in fact other then material things, their life is much like ours. 
I hope you enjoy this section, it was created with the highest regards to these great actors/actress.
Gone but not forgotten!

Feel free to join us here at "The McCain Ranch!"
So saddle up those horses and get ready to ride!

See ya' at the ranch!

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"Hi!" "I'm — I'm the one who maintains 'The McCain Ranch' for
Lucas & Mark."