Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Sedona, Arizona: Western-Themed Street Names

In my recent road trip post on ANGEL AND THE BADMAN (1947) locations, I mentioned that a tract of houses built on the site of Sedona's former Western set has streets named for some of the movies which were filmed there.

Before I go further on that topic, here's a reminder of how the area looked when it was first built in ANGEL AND THE BADMAN days:

And a main street in that same location today, at the base of Coffee Pot Rock:

While we were in the area we spent a few minutes driving around photographing the street signs. They're not only fun to look at, but they provide a concise history of some of the many movies filmed in the area.

Here's a look at the signs we photographed in the Sedona West subdivision:

Close readers may note above that the movie title STATION WEST somehow morphed into Stations West as the street name.

There's another street in the neighborhood named Flaming Arrow, which intersects with Last Wagon, but as noted at this Sedona history website, no movie by that name was filmed anywhere in Sedona, so its inclusion is a bit of a mystery.

Here are links for my reviews of most of the Westerns featured on these street signs: STATION WEST (1948) (also reviewed here), BROKEN ARROW (1950), COPPER CANYON (1950), PONY SOLDIER (1952), DRUM BEAT (1954), JOHNNY GUITAR (1954) (also reviewed here), SHOTGUN (1955), and THE LAST WAGON (1956).

Coming next, a look at Sedona locations seen in JOHNNY GUITAR.


Blogger Hamlette (Rachel) said...

Oh, this is so awesome! What a cool idea, naming the streets that way. Thank you so much for sharing!

5:56 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Rachel! I'm glad you enjoyed it. We got a kick out of the signs, and I'm glad to know that you did too. A fun way for Sedona to preserve some of the town's history. It reminds me a bit of how Lone Pine, CA, has streets named after some of the significant people who worked there, Tim Holt, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and "Hopalong Cassidy" (William Boyd).

(And inquiring minds want to know, why are some of these street signs all caps and some not? LOL.)

Best wishes,

6:52 PM  
Blogger Vienna said...

Great pictures. Thanks, Laura . Particularly pleased to see ‘Johnny Guitar’ st. Wonder if you found any other locations for this film.

1:25 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Vienna! Here you go, just posted:

Thanks for reading!

Best wishes,

8:48 AM  

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