Day 2 - Kanab, UT - Movie Westerns

Kanab is a place where a lot of Western Movies and TV Series were filmed. They have a town museum called "Little Hollywood Land". They have a lot of interested facts and stories about the movies filmed in the area. One story tells of Frank Sinatra who paid for a swimming pool to be built at a local motel in town. He also paid for new football uniforms for the local Kanab High School Football team.

So first thing this morning, I attended Church in Kanab Utah. A prominent rancher in the Kanab area spoke of how the gospel relates to his cows and alfalfa. It was interesting to see how close this rancher is to his God and his Savior.

After Church I headed to the Little Hollywood Museum in town. They have several movie sets that they have preserved from the early western movies filmed in Kanab. Then I headed over to the Gunsmoke TV series town which was located up Johnson Canyon, just about 15 minutes outside of town. It was sad to see how it is almost gone due to neglect. After that I set my GPS for Jacobs Lake Campground, just 42 miles from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. This evening I plan on heading there to watch the lunar eclipse over the Grand Canyon. This will be a once in a lifetime event for me to see.

I have met a lot of good people today. It is refreshing to know that there are still good friendly people in the world today. Check my post for tomorrow for my pics of the lunar eclipse over the Grand Canyon. Pray for no clouds.

Popular Place for Western Movie Sets

Starting in the 1950's, Kanab, Utah was a hotbed for Hollywood western movies and TV series. 

  • Gunsmoke (1955–1975) TV-PG | 60 min | Western. ...
  • Wagon Train (1957–1965) ...
  • Planet of the Apes (2001) ...
  • Octopussy (1983) ...
  • Vacation (I) (2015) ...
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976) ...
  • The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965) ...
  • How the West Was Won (1976–1979)
  • Lassie (1954-1974

Movie Stars Who Frequented the Area

John Wayne, James Stewart, John Ford, Henry Fonda, Frank Sinatra, Omar Sharif, Telly Savalas, James Arness (Gun Smoke), Roger Moore, James Caan, Sidney Poitier, Dennis Weaver, Ronald Reagan, Churck Connors, Fred MacMurray, Burl Ives, Dean Martin, Raquel Welch, Tim Conway, Don Knotts, Burt Lancaster, Katharine Hepburn and many more.

Pictures and video of today

This is a walk through of the original movie set used for the Gunsmoke TV Series.
My rig up Johnson's Canyon outside of Kanab, Utah. The Gunsmoke movie set is behind it.
One of the buildings at the Gunsmoke movie set. Can you determine which building?
Little Hollywood Museum in Kanab. Has movie sets on display.
Used in the movie Desperate Hours 1990, starring Michey Rourke and Anthony Hopkins.
Barn used in the movie Outlaw Josey Wales filmed in 1976
From the movie Attic Door.
Used in the movie Truth or Consequences New Mexico in 1996
Used as the homestead of the movie The Outlaw Josey Wales filmed in 1976
Used in the movie One Little Indian, starring James Gardner and Jodie Foster.
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Meet Noah. He and his friend Adam are traveling for 2 weeks hitting the national parks. They are from Portland, Oregon.
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