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The Trail to Lone Pine

by Greg Martin, (Bio)
February 25, 13
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The Trail to Lone Pine


I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.

If you have ever watched an old cowboy movie you have more than likely seen the area surrounding Lone Pine, California and the Alabama Hills. Robert Sigman is the Director of the Lone Pine Film History Museum.

SIGMAN: The town of course has had a history of film making since the early 20’s. The earliest large film or sound picture The Roundup with Fatty Arkbuckle was 1920. Kerry Powell and Ray Powell lived here for many years, big fans of movies and so 24 years ago this year they decided to have a film festival.

Just about every western star imaginable has been to and a part of the festival which will be Columbus Day weekend.

SIGMAN: We screen probably 20 some films over the weekend. Sometimes we’ll have a star or celebrity come up, we’ll show the movie and we’ll have a panel afterwards and they’ll talk about their movies and everything is geared towards film making.

But of course the big star is the uniqueness of the area itself.

SIGMAN: You know if you look at the pictures, the geological formation of the rocks is one of the most unusual in the world. All the dirt is gone from them so I think that’s what the producers and directors saw as an opportunity to capture that, this unique landscape. You’ve got canyons and just incredible landscapes that they were able to make these westerns.


Lone Pine Film Festival Part 2. I’m Greg Martin with today’s Line On Agriculture.

The Lone Pine Film Festival has been paying tribute to the many movies, TV shows and commercials that were made on location there for 24 years. Bob Sigman, Director of the Lone Pine Film History Museum says in addition to countless western films, other genre have made the location home.

SIGMAN: And then you’ve also got sci-fi. Tremors was shot here, Iron Man, Star Trek 5 and a number of other secondary sci-fi movies have been made up here. Most recently Django Unchained.

One of the high points that should not be missed are tours of the area.

SIGMAN: But I went on one of my first tours the other day. A formal tour like we give out. We have annual tours every year. They’re all listed on our museum web page and then we add to that for the festival and I have to tell you it was fascinating. Where Gunga Din was made and where the battles were, where the bridge was and pretty cool.

There is a major milestone that will be celebrated at this year’s festival.

SIGMAN: This year happens to be the 75th anniversary of the Lone Ranger’s Republic serial, when it aired on TV. And it’s the 80th anniversary of the 1933 radio shows. We’re very fortunate, one of the friends of the museum is a gentleman named Ken Taylor and has the largest Lone Ranger collection in the world.

I addition to the film festival there is the Concert In the Rocks in Lone Ranger Canyon this year featuring Rex Allen Jr. Go to for more details.


Contact Info

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