Sunday, August 7, 2016

Kanab Movie Fort and Movie Filmed There (1952-1979)

The Kanab Movie Fort was built in 1952 by Paramount  for the move Pony Express. It was used in many movies with additions and modifications made as needed. The final movie shot there was The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) This movie included a large explosion and fire at the fort which unfortunately severely damaged the fort and was never repaired.

The ruins of the fort are located south of Kanab off of 89A towards Fredonia. The Kanab city Cottonwood trail will get you to the old dirt road that leads to the fort location. Total distance is about 7 miles round trip. As you can see from the picture I took in 2015, there is not much left standing, but it is worth the trip when you consider all the movies that were filmed here.
Kanab Movie Fort
Kanab Movie Fort Ruins - 2015

Movies made at the fort include

Pony Express (1952) starring Charlton Heston, Rhonda Fleming, Forrest Tucker

Yellow Tomahawk (1954) starring Rory Calhoun, Peggy Castle, Lee Van Cleef and Peter Graves

Fort Yuma (1955) starring Peter Graves, Joan Vohs, John Hudson and Joan Taylor

Dalton Girls (1956) starring Merry Anders, Lisa Davis, Penny Edwards, Sue George and John Russell

Dragoon Wells Massacre (1957) starring Barry Sullivan, Dennis O’Keefe, Mona Freeman, Katy Jurado and Sebastian Cabot

Revolt at Fort Laramine (1957) starring John Dehner, Gregg Palmer , and Frances Helm

A Time for Killing (1957) starring Inger Stevens, Glenn Ford, and Paul Petersen

Tomahawk Trail (1957) starring Chuck Connors, John Smith, and Susan Cummings

Trooper Hook (1957) starring Joel McCrea, Barbara Stanwyck, Earl Holliman and John Dehner

Fort Bowie (1958) starring Ben Johnson, Jan Harrison and Kent Taylor

Fort Dobbs (1958) starring Clint Walker, Virginia Mayo, and Brian  Keith

Sergeants 3 (1962) starring Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis Jr. Peter Lawford, and Joey BIshop

Fort Courageous (1965) starring Fred Beir, Don Barry, and Hanna Hertelendy

Dual at Diablo (1966) starring James Garner, Sidney Poitier, Bibi Andersson and Dennis Weaver

The Plainsman (1966) starring Don Murray, Guy Stockwell, and Abby Dalton

One Little Indian (1973) starring James Garner, Pat Hingle, and Morgan Woodward

The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979) starring Tim Conway, Don Knotts, and Tim Matheson

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