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Sometimes visitors to MacMurray Ranch, the 1,500-acre (600-hectare) spread owned by movie and TV actor Fred MacMurray for a half-century, want to know: Where's the heliport? Where's the screening room?Kate MacMurray, Fred's daughter, just smiles."This was our home," she explains.What visitors will find at the ranch is a place that's not much different than when the MacMurray family lived there, right down to the rocking chair with the wide flat arms just right for holding the actor's drink as he sat reading the paper in the evening, close enough to the window to keep an eye on the Black Angus cattle he raised.MacMurray and his wife, actress June Haver, bought the ranch in 1941 from the Porter family, pioneers who established the farmstead in the 1850s — their old wagon still stands in front of the house. The MacMurrays used it for diversified farming during World War II and later raised cattle.The MacMurray Ranch is now owned by the Gallo wine family and open to the public only during ...

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