Note: I wrote this blog before the recent fires swept through Paramount Ranch, destroying it completely.
Westworld is like the best show on TV right now. It’s definitely one of my new favorites. And as luck would have it, I live pretty close to one of their sets, the western set used for Sweetwater. I know it’s hard to keep track of all the locations, but Sweetwater is the town where Dolores and Teddy are from- the one with the white church. I’d say it’s where they had multiple killings and stabbings, but that’s pretty much all the locations.
So, after watching the first two seasons of Westworld, I just had to visit Paramount Ranch and see the sets- it’s what nerds with no life do.
Paramount Ranch is, or was, exactly what it sounds like. It once belonged to Paramount Pictures and was used for their movies and television shows from the late 1930’s to the late 1970’s.
In the early 1980’s, the National Park Service purchased it from Paramount, tore down what was left of the decaying western sets, and rebuilt them, creating a newly designed western town. It has looked basically the same for the past 30 plus years. Normally, when a TV show or a movie is filmed at the ranch, the production company returns it to its original condition, but every once in a while, the new addition is kept as part of the town, so it has grown a bit since the early 1980’s.
It’s a great spot for a movie set since it’s located in the middle of nowhere, and any homes in the mountains are obscured by oak trees or brush. And that’s when, on a recent visit, I noticed something interesting.
One of the mountains at the edge of the park looked familiar:
It sure looks like the Paramount Pictures logo, doesn’t it? Not the modern CGI logo, but the one that I grew up with, from the 1970’s and 80’s. I checked it out online, and apparently, I’m not the first person who noticed the similarity (and I thought I was the only pathetic nerd).
The original Paramount logo was created way back in 1915, and the studio founder based his concept on a mountain where he grew up, Utah’s Ben Lomand Mountain.
Over the years, as the logo changed, the mountain peak began to look different, and people thought the new logo artists might be using other famous mountains as their inspiration, including the Matterhorn.
But the logo that was used from roughly 1975 to 1985, changed dramatically from its predecessors, and looks a lot like this mountain at Paramount Ranch- which would totally make sense.
So I am officially declaring it to be so.
Note: I always find these things fascinating, which explains why this site only pulls in 6 people a month.