“I always heard there were three kinds of suns in Kansas, sunshine, sunflowers, and sons-of-bitches.” Josey Wales 

I have to admit I’m a sucker for old Westerns. There’s something about ruggedly handsome men sporting well-worn stubble galloping across the desert  in cowboy hats to save the day. These things speak to the hapless maiden in me. So, you can imagine my bliss when we discovered the hidden gem of Kanab

Set in the red mesa terraces of southern Utah, it’s a small town with a long history of good ‘ol Western Movies. Seems like many of the classics came through here from Deadwood Coach in 1924 to Gunmoke in 1955 and the fabulous Outlaw Josey Wales in 1976. The cherry on the pudding is that they kept many of the original sets and you can visit them for free in “Little Hollywood“. It’s a small sign at the side of the road so if you’ve travelled the 5 mins through town and missed it, turn back and drive the main drag again. In the back-yard of the unassuming front hides the gems of many of a good movie.  

So, you can walk the path of Clint Eastwood , peruse the set of Frank Sinatra and top the day by catching a $2 Western at the local Cinema in the PM. If you’re thoroughly in the mood you can even buy a cowboy hat at the Western store and explore the desert mesa in traditional getup. 

So, what d’ya reckon, you ready for the ride? 

Part of the Homestead set for Outlaw Josey Wales

 

Old town set at Little Hollywood

 

Good 'ol Western Props

 

Paul poses in front of the jail-set

$2 Westerns at the Local Crescent Moon Theatre

 

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5 Responses to $2 Westerns and a touch of Hollywood (Kanab, UT)

  1. klefevre says:

    I have to laugh at the modern era Ashford spinning wheel in the “Homestead” photo. :)
    Glad to hear you are both having fun! Kanab is a pretty little town, isn’t it?

    • libertatemamo says:

      haha…of course most people wouldn’t notice that, but it couldn’t get past an expert like you :) Yes, Kanab is gorgeous. We were really surprised at how beautiful everything was there. Would love to come back and spend a month or more.

  2. We’ve been out exploring Kenab today, and I have to admit I’m smitten. I don’t know that either of us would sit through a whole movie (Annie suggests that $2 is too much for a western), but we will check out the museum.

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