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Utah

Paria Movie Set

The Paria Movie Set is currently under re-conctruction

On August 25, 2006, arsonists destroyed the buildings that the community had started to rebuilt in 2000/2001 in order to preserve the set.

History

For almost forty years the movie set served as a backdrop for western movies, television series, and commercials.

Located 35 miles east of Kanab, Utah on Highway 89, the original Paria Movie Set was built in the early 1960s for the movie Sergeants Three, a Western featuring Dean Martin and Frank Sinatra. It also provided settings for the television series Death Valley Days and Gunsmoke. The last movie filmed there was The Outlaw Josie Wales in 1976.

The set rekindles images of movie stars, western heroes, and shoot-em-up action of days gone by. "It is a place where local people suggest tourists go," stated Kate Cannon, BLM's Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Manager. Visitors from around the world have come to recognize the buildings and surrounding hills as symbols of the American West.

In September 1998, flash floods undermined the buildings and created a safety hazard. In November of 1999, 87 local residents from Kane County, Utah, and Page, Arizona, pitched in to disassemble the Movie Set and salvage the old boards to reconstruct two of the buildings. Meticulous drawings were made of the original structures, but when work began in November 2000, builders determined that most of the salvaged lumber would not be structurally suitable for construction. Even so, the original wood holds special memories, and therefore will be included in the overall design. Plans are underway to incorporate the old boards in interpretive displays for inside and outside the reconstructed buildings.

Location

Located 35 miles east of Kanab, Utah, on Highway 89. See our map.

 
GPS Coordinates

1 -- US 89 Junction
Decimal Lat: 37.185536 / Lon: -111.995358
Degree

2 -- Paria Movie Set
Decimal Lat: 37.249768 / Lon: -111.955136
Degree

 
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The Paria Movie Set in 2006 before it was destroyed.
The Paria Movie Set in 2006 before it was destroyed.

   
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