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My Trip to Sedona Arizona

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Back in May I took a trip to Phoenix to see some relatives.  We decided to go up to Sedona Arizona to do some sight seeing. 
 We went up into Oak Creek Canyon and took some pictures of the filming locations of some classic Hollywood Westerns.  
The locations include Red Rock Crossing and Bell Rock. Approximately 50 Westerns were filmed here with some of the highlights being 
 " The Last Wagon " with Richard Widmark, " 3:10 to Yuma " with Glenn Ford and Van Heflin and "Broken Arrow " with James Stewart.

Observations:  Its STUNNINGLY beautiful out there.  You CAN'T take a bad picture.  The terrain is just gorgeous. 
 We rode up a old road that was used by film crews and some of the heights scared the beejeebus out of me.  
The movies don't do justice as to how high and steep this terrain is surrounding the valley.  
I garnered very much respect for the film crews and actors who filmed there.  
You got the steep terrain, animals and the high temperatures to deal with.  
The tour guide we had pointed out the exact locations of some of the shots that were used in the films.
The guide also said that most of the valley back during the 50s was barren of most of the trees and foilage that you see.
3:10 to Yuma was filmed on the bottom of the valley as shown in the top picture.  As far as the other locations go
I was particularly stunned by a high rock that Richard Widmark filmed on when he made " The Last Wagon".

Here is a link to the Westerns that were fimed there: http://adayinthewest.com/sedona-info/sedona-movies/


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EXTRA BONUS:  We also went to the Mammoth Mines at the Goldfield Gold mines outside Phoenix.  
This is the site of a former real gold mining town that had several mines around it. 


http://goldfieldghosttown.com/?page_id=20

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Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. We all gain from learning about movie history like this.

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23 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Thanks for sharing those wonderful photos. We all gain from learning about movie history like this.

There is a guy named Joe McNeill who moved to Sedona from Brooklyn and he is the definitive historian on the Sedona film history. He wrote for a publication called Sedona Monthly and from there wrote a book about the films that were made there. I found out that Orson Welles lived in Sedona for a while. I forgot to mention how beautiful the town of Sedona is.  Its a very nice, small tourist attraction.  Restaurants, gift shops, tours, hotels, food, you name it. Very nice. Here are some links:

https://www.sedonamonthly.com/2010/history-remade/

https://truewestmagazine.com/joe-mcneill-author/

http://arizonaslittlehollywood.blogspot.com/

http://adayinthewest.com/sedona-info/sedona-movies/

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Robert Mitchum at Red Rock Crossing, on the set of " Blood on the Moon ", early 1948.

 

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Great photo of Mitchum. One of our frequent posters, Dargo, lives in Sedona. I live in Phoenix but I never get over to Sedona. It's ungodly hot here right now, each day for the past two weeks it's been between 110 and 116 degrees. But maybe during the cooler season I should go over to Sedona. I can see why you said it's impossible to take a bad photo there!

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7 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

Great photo of Mitchum. One of our frequent posters, Dargo, lives in Sedona. I live in Phoenix but I never get over to Sedona. It's ungodly hot here right now, each day for the past two weeks it's been between 110 and 116 degrees. But maybe during the cooler season I should go over to Sedona. I can see why you said it's impossible to take a bad photo there!

You live in Phoenix?  Its beautiful there also. You gotta get up to Sedona. The poster you mentioned, Dargo, I'm pretty sure he or she has told you how beautiful it is up there.

Also, yes, that IS a nice shot of Mitchum. It would make a excellent poster if it hasn't already. In fact, I'm gonna look. I've got a few western posters that I'm gonna put up in my theatre room once I get started on it.

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Love the pictures of Sedona.  I've travelled there many times and it's always such a joy to be there.  And it's nice to find out a little bit of Hollywood history.  Thanks for sharing.

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