Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico

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    • Bonanza Creek Ranch, New Mexico

      Santa Fe, New Mexico

      The Cowboys
      was filmed here.

      Bonanza Creek Ranch was originally called the Jarrett Ranch
      when Hollywood first showed an interest.
      The year was l955 and the film The Man From Laramie, starring Jimmy Stewart.
      The story goes that a former chauffeur for Mary Pickford, Louie Clifford,
      had started a cab company in Albuquerque while maintaining his Hollywood connections.
      It was Louie who brought Hollywood producers to the ranch.


      They quickly saw a stunning landscape that had, no doubt,
      equally enthralled the miners and settlers over the course of centuries
      sloping green pastures (once the site of the gold mining town Bonanza)
      fed by a continually running artesian spring, ponds flanked by
      enormous grizzled cottonwoods and a century-old apple orchard
      hugging the base of Cerro de la Cruz.

      Cowboy was filmed here in l958 with Glenn Ford and Jack Lemmon.
      For this Hughes actually brought 1,200 Corriente steers up from Mexico
      to use for the cattle drives.

      In l989 from an Italian producer offered to build a stylized Western town
      set on the ranch. (There had been a set built once before,
      in l980 for The Legend of the Lone Ranger, which was later torn down.)
      Daisy Town, as the new set was called, was built for the European television series
      Lucky Luke starring Terence Hill.

      The town was constructed around a two-story Victorian house that had been
      built for the movie Silverado in l984.
      This house, which was also used in Lonesome Dove, was altered to become a mercantile.

      Lucky Luke filmed for several years, and in l994 Terence Hill
      returned with an Italian-German co-production, The n/Fight Before Christmas.
      A large ranch house set was constructed alongside a pond,
      and both it and the Western town set have been popular film sites ever since.

      Glenn Hughes, owner of Bonanza Creek Ranch, comes from a long line
      of New Mexico ranchers. His father and grandfather owned the Forked Lightning Ranch
      near Pecos years before it was eventually sold to Greer Garson
      and her husband Buddy Fogelson in the l940s.
      Garson would show off the bullet holes in the mantel to visitors
      - which resulted from the gunfight Hughes' father was involved in when New Mexico
      was still a territory.
      Personal history may be behind Hughes' resolve to keep the Bonanza Creek Ranch intact.

      "It's our intention to keep this thing in one piece, just the way it is," he said.
      "It's hard to hold it together, but I'm bound and determined to do it."
      If history is an indication, the movie industry is well positioned to benefit in the years ahead.

      Many other movies were shot here, including
      Cowboys & Aliens, Wild Hogs,Manhattan, Appaloosa,
      Longmire, 3:10 To Yuma, Young Guns, Lonesome Dove,
      Lightning Jack, The Man From Laramie, The Cheyenne Social Club
      Buffalo Girls and many more, see:-

      Movies Made Here

      Information from Jerry L. Schneider
      except for a select number of photographs
      and/or images which are copyrighted by their
      respective owners.

      For more information and many more photographs:-
      Bonanza Creek Ranch

      For more information
      Studios, Backlots and Ranches
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Movie Locations- The Ranches

      From a previous thread:-

      Chester7777 wrote:

      One of our newer members, srequestrian67, is trying to find what he believes to be a John Wayne movie that was filmed outside of Albuquerque, NM (see his first post, quoted below). I tried a search at IMDb, looking for filming locations, but haven't been successful in finding a JW movie filmed in the described location. If I click on New Mexico as a filming location, 836 films come up, more than I want to read through (as they aren't in any particular order that I can determine).

      So . . . I thought I'd put it out there to our knowledgeable fan base to see what you can come up with.

      Thanks for your help!

      Chester :newyear:

      srequestrian67 wrote:

      Hey Y'all, I'm a 67 year old NEW fan at least to this site.
      Actually met the Duke at BWI Airport when I was a crash rescue firefighter there in 60's.
      I ended here when I was trying to match a movie & location. Pueblo out side
      Albuquerque NM.Visited site 5 yrs ago & can't forget. Would like to get movie. This a pretty nice site without all the negatives you see elsewhere.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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