Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Photos From the Road: Bridgeport, Part 2

Here's the second part of my photos from last month's visit to Bridgeport in California's Eastern High Sierras.

Part 1, including locations seen in the films OUT OF THE PAST (1947) and NIGHTFALL (1957), may be found here. More movie location information may be found below!

The beautiful meadows between Bridgeport and the camping areas a few miles outside town:

Robinson Creek, next to the spot where we have camped many times over the years. The water was getting low in August.

We spent a beautiful afternoon at Lower Twin Lake, which feeds Robinson Creek:

This year we returned to the spot on Upper Twin Lake where director Jacques Tourneur filmed both OUT OF THE PAST and NIGHTFALL. The slanted tree marks Aldo Ray and Frank Albertson's camping spot in NIGHTFALL, where a horrible crime is committed. I first shared photos of this location in 2014; it's virtually unchanged over the decades, with the big tree bending in the same way as it does in NIGHTFALL. Robert Mitchum and Virginia Huston went fishing here in OUT OF THE PAST slightly to the right of the area seen in this photo.

When Robert Mitchum flew to Bridgeport to work on OUT OF THE PAST, his career -- and his life -- could have ended when his plane crash-landed here at Bryant Field, the small airport just outside of town. The brakes failed and two of the plane's four occupants were knocked unconscious, but Mitchum was unhurt.

Somehow over the years we had never been to the Travertine Hot Springs right outside of town, so we enjoyed exploring that area on this year's trip.

Hot -- or sometimes boiling -- water bubbles up in various spots all over the hot springs area.

Some of the pools were either murky, as seen here, or had water which was too hot to touch, but there were also a few pools which seemed to have fresher and more temperate water.

Since the nicest pools were filled with bathers we didn't photograph those; one was located just to the right of the dog in this photo.

There's a beautiful view of the town of Bridgeport from the springs...

...and here's a view with a closer lens. You can make out the courthouse! Click on any photograph to enlarge it for a closer look.

There are interesting geologic formations throughout the area.

A lot of natural beauty here!

Still to come: Photos from Highway 395, Lone Pine, and the Alabama Hills.

Previous photos from this road trip: Photos From the Road: Halfway House Cafe and Vasquez Rocks, Photos From the Road: Hot Creek Geological Site, Photos From the Road: Bridgeport, Part 1, and A Visit to Glen Haven Memorial Park.

Past photo posts on Bridgeport and local movie locations: Out of the Past (1947) in Bridgeport, California (2010); Independence Day in Bridgeport, California (2010); Back From the Sierras! (2012); Bridgeport, California Movie Locations (2014).


Blogger DKoren said...

Lovely pictures! Bridgeport is such a great place to visit. Im so glad you got to head up there for a vacation!

6:02 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you so much, Deb! Isn't it a wonderful town? It was great to get away for a few days.

Hope you and your family are all doing well!

Best wishes,

11:50 AM  

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