Q: I’m on the board of the Cornville Historical Society in Cornville, Arizona. We have heard from several residents that Sancho, the Homing Steer (it aired January 21 and January 28, 1962) was filmed using scenery from Sheepshead Crossing in Cornville. We are trying to verify these stories so that we can actually record a tie to Disney in our local history records. Any chance you could shed some light on this?
Janet, Cornville, Arizona
A: The Archives does not have complete production files on Sancho, the Homing Steer, but I refer you to William R. Koehler’s book, The Wonderful World of Disney Animals (1979), in which there is a chapter on that television show. Besides Koehler, the other animal trainer was Al Niemela.
Dave Smith