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Rules for The McCain Ranch
These are the rules that have been set for The McCain Ranch. If anyone has any questions, please feel free to get with me, Cowgirl
Welcome to the Hotel Madera
Everyone here at the ranch would like to welcome y'all to The McCain Ranch. This is our "Welcome Center." Be sure & stop by and say "Hi" to everyone and let them know you are here. Those of you who have already been here, be sure and give them a big hearty welcoming!
Suggestions? Questions?
If you have any suggestions/questions about the messageboard, please post them here and I, Cowgirl will get back to you.
Announcements - Public
If you have an announcment to make, you can make it here. Example - an opening of a new room, or just a regular announcement. This way the announcements don't get lost in some of the other rooms.
The Rifleman....."Welcome to the McCain Ranch!"
The Rifleman
I thought it would be neat to have a place to discuss "The Rifleman" episodes. If there is an episode you wish to discuss in length, please feel free to post it here.
The Rifleman Trivia
Do you think you know all there is to know about "The Rifleman?" Well let's just see how much we all know about this show & it's characters.
The McCain Front Porch
It has been over 50 years since "The Rifleman" first visited our living rooms. Grab your boots and saddle and get ready to ride as we revisit the McCain's! Lucas, Mark & Micah gather here to talk about "The Rifleman." What better place to discuss "The Rifleman" then his own front porch.
“Just Remember the Lessons!”
There is always a lesson to learn when you watch “The Rifleman.” There is no better teacher for Mark than his father, Lucas McCain. Lucas teaches Mark from “The Bible” and from experience. Sometimes the lessons are hard ones and at times rather easy ones. They are still lessons learned! Let’s discuss the lessons learned in each episode. “Every lesson you learn makes you a better partner.” “Just remember the lessons!”
The North Fork Stage Depot
"The Rifleman" had a lot of great character actors/actress stop by North Fork & The McCain Ranch. This will be their home here at the ranch.
Sam Barrow's Barber Shop
Let's talk about these three great stars of "The Rifleman." They certainly made the show what it was & is today. I thought they deserved their own section.
Barnyard Blunders
So you can't get enough of "The Rifleman!" Well me either! Post your little heart out here it's all about "The Rifleman!"
Unusual Words, Phrases, or Expressions
Gather round the ol' crackerbarrel for some down-home talk about the unsual words, phrases,or expressions that puzzle you as you watch The Rifleman.
Mark the inventor.....
Let's name some of the things that Mark had thought about to help him get out of his chores. Even things that he would dream of in the future.
Mark's Room
Mark McCain was a fine contribution to The Rifleman and as important to the show as the rifleman himself. Let's give him the attention he deserves by talking about Johnny's character, his sweet nature and sensitivity. Always learning from Lucas sometimes the hard way, fear of losing his only parent, times he got into trouble, their respect for each other, and how he was portrayed as a motherless kid but had the insight and determination of a disciplined adult. Let's share our thoughts about Johnny Crawford the actor, musician, teen idol and downright fabulous guy.
Chuck Connors “Significant Other” Work
Everybody knows Chuck Connors for his role as Lucas McCain in "The Rifleman." He also did so many other things. He was good at no matter what he did! Besides The Rifleman what else have you enjoyed seeing Chuck in?
Johnny Crawford's “Significant Other” Work
Everybody knows Johnny Crawford for his role as Mark McCain in "The Rifleman." He was a child star before "The Rifleman." I would like to explore things he did before "The Rifleman" and after.
North Fork
The North Fork Saloon
Sweeney would like to welcome you to his place. Bar room chatter goes here, but only virtual drinks.
North Fork Church
This is the North Fork Church and our place to pray. If you have someone who needs a prayer or if you need need a prayer, no matter what the prayer, here is where to pray. Do not discuss religion in general, please have respect for other people & their beliefs.
North Fork Gazette Archive News - out of the past
'Archive news section' - old news but good news. This is open to all members. If any of you have an article you would like to share, please feel free to post your articles of interest in this section - 'Archive News' - 'Out of the Past'
The Ol' West Video Place
Anyone that has a video to share can post it here. This is where you can show off your talent. We here at the ranch enjoy these great videos, keep 'em coming!
YouTube & the stars

Prayer Group

The Magazine
This is open to all members. If any of you have an article you would like to share, please feel free to post your articles of interest in this section - This can be any kind of articles of interest.
'Matthew's Post'

Mark Twain's Billard Room

Boot Hill Memorials
Stop by and leave your memories of those great ones who have gone before us. Tell us something special about those you loved that are no longer with us.
The Gazette Out of the Past TV Room
Now showing - episodes of old TV shows
The Old West
The Real West – Fact or Fiction
“We all know what the movies and Western shows tell us about the old West, but what are the facts? Here, we’ll discuss what these truths are, and get a better idea of what life was like in the real West!”
The Hayloft
Lets talk about the good guys, the bad guys & the character actors. Let's give credit where credit is due. Let's honor these great men & woman. Whether the part be big or small they all had a hand in making these great shows/movies.
TV Westerns
Saddle up, pardner, and let's ride into the world of the television Westerns.
Western Movies
Let's ride the trail to the days of yesteryear to the "Rough -N- Ready Western Movies"
The Movie Theatre
Do you have a movie you would recommend? Maybe a movie you would like to talk about? Let's hear it what you have to say!
Spin Offs - TV Westerns
One good spin-off deserves another. I will post a TV Western show that was a spin-off of another TV Western show. Let's see how well you know where some of these westerns came from. After we guess the answers, I will put some video in about that show for everyone to enjoy. Okay, lets just see how good you are?
Little Known and Long Forgotten TV Westerns
How about those TV westerns that were here briefly and then gone? This is the place to discuss those shows that are now just a fleeting memory.
Children's TV Westerns
An entire genre of TV westerns were created just for children in the 1950's. Let's talk about these shows and how they influenced us.
Time Tunnel of Cartoon Shows - past & present

Important Telegrams
Favorite links: Share a link you found here.
The Square Dance
The People of yesteryear: Who are these people from the radio and old shows? What were some of their songs they played? Let’s discuss them here!
Mark's Guitar
Old music discussions: Do you have a song that’s special to you? Do you have a question? This isn’t just for Westerns and Cowboys – it’s anything you want to talk about!
TV Non-Westerns
We all love Westerns, but there are lots of good non-western television shows as well! Come on in and share your memories with us!
The Barroom Stories
Old Radio Shows: Let’s discuss those old radio shows from yesteryear such as Gunsmoke, Lil’ Abner, Lone Ranger, etc. Do you have links where we can listen to these for free? Tell us about them
Horsin' around at the McCain Corral
North Fork, Four Star and, Other Hollywood Trivia
A backward look in time to the Hollywood I knew during the 1950s and a little of the present.
Western Word Association Game
Cass would you please honor us by starting off this game for us?
Western Games
If you have a Western game to post or a link, please feel free to do so here.
The Storybook Room -
The Storybook Room I know we all can’t be writers, but we can have fun trying! I thought it would be fun if one person created a story & the others join in to finish it.
The Sharing Room
We have some very talented people here at The McCain Ranch. This is where the members share with everyone things they have made like poems, collages & etc.
Special Occasion Room
This is our all occasion/party room, whether it's your birthday, a holiday, an anniversary, it a 'whatever the occassion' may be, this is where we celebrate!
Western Xposure
Lonestar Old West Association - big wyatt would like to shar with you some of his re-enactment photos both factual and fictional western events as a way of enjoyment and entertainment.
The North Fork Café
The McCain's Family Recipes - If you have a recipe you want to share here at the ranch, then this is the place to put them.
The General Store
I have several fans who has some items to sell. I told them I would post them here. If you have any questions about any of this, I'd be glad to check into them for you.
Mary's trip to Memphis, Tennesse 2012

Caption This!

TV Western Quizzes
"Here are some questions about some of those old tv western heroes and their faithful sidekicks. These are really old series from the 50's so be prepared to ponder hard."
The Photo Shoppe
He you can post any pictures of TV Westerns/Movies and TV shows of photos that you want to share for printing. This is open to "Members Only."
The Writer's Corner
The Writer's Corner
If you have a story to post, this is the place to do so. This is where you can show off your talent. Once you have finished posting your story, please send me a copy of it in it's original format to add it to this section of The McCain Ranch website. We here at the ranch enjoy these great stories, keep 'em coming!
Mark's Memories
"I'm sure you all have read my pa's version of the episodes and what happened to us during the first five years in North Fork, but now it's time for me to tell my side of the story. Pa left out lots of detail that I think you'll get a kick out of anyhow. So take your boots up, put your feet up on top of the table if you want, cause Pa ain't here! Sit back and relax while I take a ride on Blue Boy down memory lane and tell you 'bout how I saw things! (psssst: you can even eat some rock candy or popcorn while your're reading these. Pa won't never come in this room)!
Fulton’s Foray
A predatory excursion - to ravage …. Fury
The Battle Within A Young Gun
The Battle Within A Young Gun In the television series, The Rifleman, we are given one of the West’s most memorable fictional characters. Not only did he see extensive service in the Civil War, scout for the Army, fight Indians, serve the law, and become a cattle rancher, he raised his only son as a single father. A number of episodes depicted Lucas as being haunted by characters from his past.
Donna's Corner
The Mayhem of Donna
Deanne’s Daydreams
The continuing saga of Lucas and Mark McCain as seen through the imagination of BluewindFarm.
Frank's Place
In the television series, The Rifleman, we are given one of the West’s most memorable fictional characters. Not only did he see extensive service in the Civil War, scout for the Army, fight Indians, serve the law, and become a cattle rancher, he raised his only son as a single father. A number of episodes depicted Lucas as being haunted by characters from his past.
The Heart of the West
This is a non-Rifleman story that took place just after the Civil War ended. It's genre is "Christian Western Fiction." This story is about the adventures and trials of a young married couple who travel West on a wagon train from Arkansas.
Stargazer's Midnight Musings
Why the title? Well, I'm a night owl and, as Deanne can attest, I do my best writing late at night. Living vicariously in the 1880's through Lucas McCain and his son, Mark, here are my stories about the Rifleman including "The Test" and "Shadow of Vengeance." There's more to come and I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I do writing them.
Michelle's Marvels
Come on in, you cowgals and cowboys! Sit a spell and read stories of Mark and Lucas McCain, Milly, Micah, and all the other wonderful characters as told through the eyes and hearts of Michelle!
The Years Before
Here is a series of stories based on the years before The Rifleman and before Lucas and Margaret wed. It begins with an announcement when Lucas is only 18, and ends at the end of the Civil War. Did you ever wonder about Lucas and Margaret's families? Did you ever wonder how some of those characters came to be? Well...sit back with a hot cup of coffee and read how it all began!
Bring Back Milly Productions
Almost everyone here at the Ranch agrees that Milly was the best love interest for Lucas McCain. Here read stories about Milly's return to North Fork.
The Margaret Years
This series begins when Lucas returns from his year of wandering. Margaret and Lucas are finally together. We watch their courtship, engagement, wedding, and living as man and wife. Little Mark is born, and unfortunately Mark and Lucas McCain must grieve for the death of their precious Margaret.
Rifleman: Generations--
Rifleman: Generations-- The modern day descendant of Lucas McCain returns to his families roots in the town of North Fork. Chance McCain becomes Deputy Sheriff and he, his father Norman McCain and son Jake keep up the family ranch and traditions. The famous Rifle is back too in what is essentially a "Modern day" version of our beloved, classic show.
Klara Boy's Room
Once there was a mysterious stranger who sometimes had ideas for stories about a famous trick rifle and its owner. So if you like to read those stories check out this room.
Duchess' Dream
"Join Duchess McCain as she takes you to relive the Rifleman series, only this time with a little twist."
Linda's Lounge
"Come relax in the lounge for a story or two where Linda delves deeper into what makes The Rifleman so heartwarming."
Rifleman's Serenade
Thank you for visiting “The Rifleman’s Serenade”. It has been a great honor to be able to write a novel form saga about our favorite Old West characters. This story is part three along with “The Battle within a Young Gun” and Fulton’s Foray”. Here is a short excerpt from the first introduction that will help to explain some the main theme of the entire three part story:
Clara's Corner aka CTW
Discovering the path of the stories in this corner will be an adventure for both author and readers. There are several ideas in "Remembering Wyoming" that might carry over into future stories. Perhaps, for example, each will include a trip that takes Mark and Lucas to a city that was critical to the development of the West in the 1880s. Perhaps one will put Mark in touch with the woman who invented the first automatic dishwasher in the early 1880s. (Imagine his delight!) Perhaps each will continue to tap into Mark's interest in music, exploring how music might have been part of the North Fork community's life. On the other hand, perhaps each will stand on its own. Whatever direction future stories take, readers can be assured that the primary theme will always be the unconditional love between father and son as defined by the creators and writers of the series and so beautifully portrayed by its two co-stars. If you enjoy "Remembering Wyoming," check back soon to discover which path is chosen for the next story.
The Civil War Years - One Writer's Reboot Written by Edward P
When the War Between the States broke out Lucas McCain answered the call-to-arms with his family’s American long rifle. But his success on the battlefield is not valued by his fellow soldiers. McCain is young, unsettled, and exploring other options for his life. Hoping to better his situation, a decision he makes causes McCain’s time of enlistment to be more difficult.
Soquilii's Corner
'A cool night breeze brings the scent of burning sage; a Cherokee flute plays softly in the background and a warm fire glows in Soquilii's Corner where you're invited to sit and listen to tales of The Rifleman.'
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