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John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

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John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Are there any places to visit in SW Colorado to see John Wayne memorabilia or there any museums that feature some of his movie posters, clothing, etc.? Thanks

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1. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Yes, if you go to Cliff Dwellings Museum in Manitou Springs, they have a fair amount of John Wayne's stuff in their gift shop, on the lower level. I go there with tourists often and, honestly, could never understand the connection between Indian cliff dwellings with John Wayne :))

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2. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Thanks!!

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3. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Check out the True Grit Cafe in Ridgway:

www.truegritcafe.com/Area_Information.html

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If you are visiting the area and would like to stay where John Wayne and most of the cast and crew stayed while filming True Grit, the Country Lodge in Montrose is where you want to be. (It was called the Lazy IG at that time, I believe)

And if you happen to see any Bob DeJulio artwork around town, you might like to know that Bob now a well-known Western artist, but back during the True Grit filming was an "unknown" local artist/sign painter who was hired to work on the sets and artwork for the film. There's a copy of the painting of the ranch used in True Grit in his book.

silverstage.net/09reviews/…bob_dejulio.html

Also maybe of interest:

ridgwaycolorado.com/about-ridgway/…

…boxcanyonouray.com/bid/50270/Ouray-Ridgway-…

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5. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Thanks for all the info.

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Ridgway has the jail wagon on display that was used in the True Grit movie. Stayed in the John Wayne room at the Country Lodge last fall. Comes with a dvd of True Grit which we watched before heading down the San Juan Skyway the next morning :)

Not in Colorado, but-- if you ever make it over to Monument Valley, they have a museum there at Gouldings with lots of John Wayne and other western stuff. Very cool to see Monument Valley-- you'll recognize the scenery from many John Wayne and other westerns.

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Here's a John Wayne story told in the June 15, 2011 Montrose Daily Press. Sylvia Allen worked at the Lazy IG at the time and got to know John Wayne. Cast and crew liked to eat at the Stockmen's Cafe, a Montrose restaurant owned by Chris Quintana (now retired). The story reads:

“Everyone loved John Wayne and the way he reacted to the community,” she said. “Chris Quintana (owner of Stockman’s Restaurant) used to tell the story about John Wayne always going to Stockman’s and sitting at the same table every time. The booths were high and people couldn’t see who was there unless they walked up to the booth. One evening while John Wayne, Henry Hathaway and the whole bunch were in there, a guy came in and started giving Chris Quintana a hard time. He was making all kinds of threats and Chris threatened to throw him out. He commented that Chris wasn’t big enough and Chris said, ‘Well, I’ll just call on John Wayne to help me.’ Of course the guy scoffed at that and about that time, John Wayne stood up and sauntered over to the guy, towering over him in all his glory. Very seriously, he said, ‘Hey Pilgrim, are you giving my friend Chris here a bad time?’ The guy looked like he saw a ghost and turned heel and got out of there as fast as he could.”

montrosepress.com/opinion/a_step_back_in_tim…

The same article mentions that Bob DeJulio is on the event planning committee at the Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose. That museum or the Montrose Historical Museum might have records or memorabilia from when True Grit was filmed. I don't recall seeing any, but then I wasn't looking for it, either.

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8. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

And over in Moab, UT at the Red Cliffs lodge there is an extensive movie museum.

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This isn't directly John Wayne related, but the Museum of the Mountain West is having their annual Tribute to Western Movies Day, June 9 this year, and it will be about the Marlow family and the movie The Sons of Katie Elder, which was loosely based on the Marlow brothers.

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10. Re: John Wayne memorabilia/museums in SW Colorado

Thanks for the info.