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Welcome to the Museum of Western Film History

Explore, the museum's extensive collection of real movie costumes, movie cars, props, posters, and other memorabilia. This collection tells the story of filming in the area in and around Lone Pine from the early days of the Round Up to the modern blockbusters of today such as Iron Man. While you're here, don't forget to make the short trip up Whitney Portal Road and take the Self-Guided Tour of Movie Road and get a first hand look at real shooting locations of a great many motion pictures filmed in the beautiful Alabama Hills

The earliest well known old western movie produced was The Great Train Robbery. Filmed in 1903, it was not the first, but it ushered in a new era of "actor" - the stuntman. In the early days of Hollywood, the rodeo riders brought a battery of rodeo techniques that would expand and improve the excitement for the silver screen including horse falls and wagon wrecks, along with the harnesses and cable rigs to make the stunts foolproof and safe. They devised new safety devices including the 'L' stirrup, which allowed a man to fall off a horse without getting hung in the stirrup and cabling and equipment to cause spectacular wagon crashes, while releasing the team, all on the same spot every time. These safety methods saved film-makers time and money and prevented accidents and injury to performers. Yakima Canutt, an early pioneer contributed greatly to the craft, introducing a number of special rigging and effects to create drama and adventure to the filming.

Listed below are the men and women that brought their craft to Westerns.

 - - -Thank you to Neil Summers and Boyd Magers for their cumulative research on this Stuntmen in the industry.- - -

Wayne Burson
Yakima Canutt
Bill Catching
Richard Farnsworth
Bud Geary
Fred Graham
Duke Green
Chuck Hayward
Bobby Herron
John Bear Hudkins
Whitey Hughes
Loren Janes
Fred Krone
Cliff Lyons
Jock Mahoney
Ted Mapes
Frank McGrath
Leo McMahon
Montie Montana
Boyd “Red” Morgan
Gil Perkins
Rodd Redwing
Chuck Roberson
Danny Sands
Dave Sharpe
Dean Smith
Boyd Stockman
Dale Van Sickel
Tom Steele
Bob Terhune
Jack Williams
Henry Wills
Terry Wilson
Bob Woodward
Al Wyatt
Joe Yrigoyen


Polly Burson
Donna Hall

Alice Van

Our Exhibits

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Lone Pine in the Movies

Lone Ranger Canyon AA

With over 400 Movies filmed in The Alabama Hills visitors come from all over the World to see "Then & Now" and "Stand in" for their favorite actors.  See the many still shots from our archives in search of your favorite movie scene in Lone Pine.

Made in Lone Pine...

Search here to see if one of your favorite Movies is one of the over 400 movies Made in Lone Pine!

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Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545

Welcome to the Western Museum of Film History!

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