Images: Deep Well Ranch, interior: California State Library, Mott Studios, 1936-1939 via http://www.paulrwilliamsproject.org/gallery/deep-well-ranch-palm-springs-ca/ .
“America’s fascination with cowboys and the West has been part of our popular culture for more than a century. Capitalizing on this interest, Hollywood film studios produced hundreds of movies that romanticized cattle ranching and cowboy life. Ironically the majority of movie executives, directors and scriptwriters making these Westerns were ignorant of western life but this lack of knowledge did not stop them from creating hosts of fictional film heroes. During the Great Depression, when ordinary Americans only dreamed of the excitement seen on the movie screen, the wealthy could experience the western life by staying at a dude or guest ranch.”
Excerpts from the image link above. Learn more about the ranch at the link.