“What makes a Man                     to Wander...?”

“..…what makes a man to roam? What makes a man leave bed and board and turn his back on home? Ride away…” John Wayne was in many ways like multifaceted character of The Searchers, Ethan Edwards, the ultimate drifter, forever looking for a home. Almost to his dying breath, the actor talked about making one more movie. Making movies to him meant traveling. Go places. “Ride away”, like in the Searcher's theme song. He loved being on location. They helped shape the outdoor men he played. He embraced the often harsh environment. After what was probably his toughest location, the Sahara desert, which almost killed Sophia Loren and had tested everybody’s endurance, he summed it up: “I would not have missed this location for anything.”

Alamo texas

Alamo Village, Fort Clark in Brackettville and more Texan locations

military posts

Camp Pendleton, Fort Benning and other posts of the Armed Forces

bodie ghosttown

Looking for ghosts... in the real Ghost Town of Bodie, California


The majority of his films were shot in California, the state he called his home

Carson City shootist

The breathtaking and historic Nevada locations for his final movie

two in colorado

The True Grit Locations you'll still find and one from The Cowboys that you won't

corrigan ville

Once a sprawling filmlocation, "Corriganville" is now a park

five in HAWAII

Does the word Aloha make you warm? Wayne filmed five films in Hawaii

Holly wood

The screen idol had made his home in Hollywood. He left his mark on Tinseltown

iverson's ranch

The Lost Garden of the Gods: the movie location that is now a memory

john ford points

The chapel John Ford built, and the statue in his hometown Portland

alabama hills

Lone Pine is a Location Bonanza. He shot a dozen pictures in the Alabama Hills

mammoth mountain

Hot Creek in the Mammoth area was a real hot spot: he shot three movies there

monument valley

Holy ground for every John Wayne fan. Like Ethan said, it's "Medicine country"

4 in  old tucson

Chance, McLintock, Thornton and McNally have one thing in common: Old Tucson

rooster in oregon

Rooster went on the Oregon Trail. The sequel was filmed in Deschutes County

arizona ranch

Arizona locations include Yuma, Rain Valley and Tombstone

from utah

The Man from Utah was just the beginning

hell fighters

The Big Trail leads to South American oilfields

mcq in seattle

When Wayne turned Detective, he turned Seattle upside down

studio backlot

From Fox to Poverty Row and back to the Major Studios