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1. Dixie Canyon --    Wright got seriously involved in the movie business in Los Angeles and lived in several homes in the area, though never for very long.  But among all the stars and famous producers, Wright never really stood out.  His homes were never on maps of the houses of the stars.  In fact, I have not yet located any of his homes here, but I am sure it would be possible to do so.  One home, I am told is now an automobile museum in the western end of the San Fernando Valley, or was.

     Norman Wright, Harold's youngest son, said in an interview several years ago that his father once lived in Dixie Canyon in the San Fernando Valley, just north of Hollywood.  "He owned the whole canyon," Norman said, "up to the top of the ridge and down the other side."  Wright's grandson, Peter, says it was a full section, 640 acres. I assume the house he lived in is still there, but I don't have a clue where.  Dixie Canyon, south of the 101 Freeway at Coldwater Canyon road, is today an area of very expensive homes, but much of the canyon is still undeveloped chaparral (brush) and trees, with cliffs too steep to build on (in LA that is pretty steep).  The 20-acre, Dixie Canyon Park  <map> , which almost certainly belonged to Harold Bell Wright at one time, is reached by crossing a little more than 100 yards of private property.  A sign at the head of the trail reads, "DIXIE CANYON PARK, Santa Monica Mountain Conservancy, a gift to the people of California by Warren Beatty.  Access donated by Eileen and Peter Doctorow."  (Peter Doctorow is today's leading developer of children's educational game software.)  On a recent drive-by, I saw many hikers entering and leaving the canyon. 

2. The UCLA library has a fine collection of Wright’s early manuscripts and photos, all apparently from the collection of Elsbury W. Reynolds, Wright’s first publisher.  The collection is not on permanent display and you must make arrangements about two weeks in advance to see it.  Be prepared to buy a library card, wear gloves and do your study under the watchful eye of Special Collections personnel. but it is a wonderful and important collection.


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