The museum is in Lone Pine. This town was used as the back drop for filming silent westerns ,as well as western B movies. Hollywood found the mountain range could work for so many areas from around the world.
This saddle was made by hand. All the silver was detailed by hand. It took 60 years to make. Unfortunately the maker died before he could finish. His son finally finished it. I can't remember his name or find the paper I wrote it on. I do remember that he made saddles for Roy Rogers and Gene Autry.
This is one of the first electric camera ever used.
All the outdoor scenes were filmed around Lone Pine.
The entire movie of Gunga Din was filmed in the valleys and mountains behind the town of Lone Pine. They build a complete set. Including a fortress and Temple. Many of the local people were hired as stunt people and extras. The next few picture are items from the movie.
The display for Roy Rogers was very interesting. I really learned a lot about the man. His first wife died when his oldest daughter was 6. He was a single father of two girls for several years before marrying Dale. Between his kids, her kids, their kids, and the ones they adopted, they had 9 kids total. He was always fun loving. They showed several pictures of the whole family on a slide show. Unfortunately I wasn't able to take pictures of them.
This creature is from the movie Tremors. There were several other displays from the movie. But as you can see the lighten was bad. So they didn't turn out.
This display speaks for it self. Some of the other modern movies film there were, Lost in Mexico with Brad Pit, Star Trek number5, and Transformers. I could relate with Iron man and Transformers since they also filmed parts of the movie were my husband works. I just wish we could of gotten closer to the film sight.
For some strange reason, I was surprised to see that parts of this movie was filmed in the area.
This is but a fraction of what is in the museum. I hope you enjoyed this little taste of it.