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Exploring old movie sets: John Wayne's True Grit (1969) in Ridgway, Colorado

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Do you remember the original True Grit, starring John Wayne? While the movie was set in Arkansas and Oklahoma, many of the scenes were filmed near Ridgway and Ouray.

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As you drive into Ridgway on Highway 550, at the intersection of Sherman Street, look for a paddy wagon on the southwestern corner. That's the paddy wagon used at the beginning of the movie to bring the prisoners into town.

Turn west on Sherman Street, drive over the river and go two blocks to Hartwell Park. Park here. The park was used for a hanging in the movie. Across the street from the park, you'll spot the True Grit Cafe. While the cafe was not around in the 1960s when the movie was filmed, inside you'll find a wall that was in the movie, it says "Chambers staple and fancy groceries."

Just a couple doors south of the cafe, look at the top of the buildings until you find the Fort Smith Saloon. Yep, it was a saloon in the movie. Now it's a store.

Just north of the cafe is a firehouse that was seen in the movie. It's now a store, too.

The original True grit starred John Wayne, Glen Campbell, Kim Darby,Robert Duvall & Dennis Hopper. But Ridgway is known for one other actor -- Dennis Weaver. There's even a Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

Learn more about the True Grit filming locations on the American Cowboy website: http://www.americancowboy.com/culture/ridgway-and-ouray-co

See a YouTube video showing the locations in the movie and what they look like today: http://info.boxcanyonouray.com/bid/50270/Ouray-Ridgway-Colorado-were-home-to-the-first-True-Grit

This is a great website with information about the movie locations, but sometimes it doesn't load: http://www.coloradovibes.com/2010/02/true-grit-then-and-now/

If you're in the Kanab, Utah area, check out the sets for Gunsmoke. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid was partially filmed near Zion National Park.

While in Colorado, check out this list of 200+ great hikes in Colorado.

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