The Duke at Owl Creek Pass

by Marsha October. 30, 2019 485 views

Those who have ever followed old movies of the American West might remember the name John Wayne (the Duke) who was an icon in this genre. Happens that instead of filming his movie True Grit at a Hollywood location they chose the fairly remote but beautiful area near Ridgway, Colorado called Owl Creek Pass. One of my favorite spots up there is the meadow where the shootout scene with men riding horses was filmed. Not a fan of the blood and gore of present day westerns, and I appreciate that the scene from this 50 year old movie is tame in comparison. Link to meadow shootout from True Grit : https://youtu.be/9-cPWheNyaA

On the way up to the pass

On the way up to the pass

Meadow where shootout scene took place.

Meadow where shootout scene took place.

The left side of this rock formation is visible in the scene mentioned.

The left side of this rock formation is visible in the scene mentioned.

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Such a great topic coupled with beautiful photographs Marsha. Coincidentally- as a young college student I lived near John Wayne's home in Newport Beach California. My room mate and I had a rickety old paddle boat and on occasion we would see him at his water front home and would wave to him as we paddled by. I have many more JW stories but this is your blog and I wont steal it! LOL

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Marsha Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

That’s so cool! What a great memory for you.  What, no...you can tell as many JW stories as you want on my blog! Would love to hear them, really. 😊

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole Replied to Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

One short story about JW- As a student, my room mate and I lived in an old historic trailer park on Balboa Bay NP Beach. People called it the slum of Newport. We didnt care it was cheap beach-bum living. JW's place was across the Coast Hwy in an gated community. He had a private beach with three palm trees that formed a "W". From the water we could sneak onto his private beach for short periods. His daughter would actually come over to our poor water front beach to sun bathe to get away from "gawkers" We would tease her but she was cool. Story #1

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Marsha Replied to Gone Fishing Without A Pole 1 year, 7 months ago

Aha, his place sounds like it was fantastic. His daughter must have liked you guys okay - she didn’t chase you off! So...is there a #2?

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Gone Fishing Without A Pole Replied to Marsha 1 year, 7 months ago

#2 starts off with prankster teens launching water balloons off the coast hwy bridge towards the Dukes place and boats below on Christmas parade... I will now stop with those stories! LOL

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Heike 1 year, 7 months ago

So you walked on on John Waynes tracks smile Such a beautiful landscape. Understandable that the movie makers decided to film in that region instead of a fake hollywood scenery.

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Marsha Replied to Heike 1 year, 7 months ago

Ha, never thought of it as walking in his tracks, but yes, i did...and it was a great feeling to be there!

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Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

So beautiful. I did recognize the meadows and that rock formation in the video. And it was a pleasure to see a young Robert Duvall too.

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Marsha Replied to Antonio Gil 1 year, 7 months ago

Glad you saw the video! Robert Duvall, yes, one of my favorites.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 7 months ago

Well, I think I have never seen a John Wayne movie, but I still know his name and the kind of films he played in, so I guess his name should be well known in (at least) the United States smile I for one was more a fan of spaghetti westerns, the kind Clint Eastwood played in smile

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Marsha Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 7 months ago

Yes, both men were icons in the American film industry. I’m like you...have seen more Clint Eastwood than John Wayne movies. Read that John Wayne’s first movie was in 1926, so there’s that!

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