The Cartwright's thousand-square-mile Ponderosa Ranch is located near Virginia City, Nevada, site of the Comstock Silver Lode, during and after the Civil War. Each of the sons was born to a different wife of Ben's; none of the mothers is still alive. Adventures are typical western ones, with lots of personal relationships/problems thrown in as well
Lanky, freckle faced, unassuming and a spitting image of how you would envision Mark Twain's "Tom ...
Absent Canary in mid-1970, and aware of the show's aging demographic, the writers sought a fresh outlet for Ben's fatherly advice. Fourteen-year-old Mitch Vogel was introduced as Jamie Hunter in the 363rd episode, "A Matter of Faith" (September 20, 1970). Vogel played the red-haired orphan of a roving rainmaker, whom Ben takes in and adopted later in a 1971 episode.
Jamie Hunter Cartwright Photos
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