Lone Pine in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The Duke and the Dow
The Dow Hotel was built in 1923 to accommodate the growing numbers of movie companies coming regularly to Lone Pine even then. The motel units were added in 1957. Those who stayed here over the years while filming in the Alabama Hills include Tom Mix and William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy), Gene Autry and Roy Rogers and later, TV’s Clayton Moore and Gail Davis, among scores of others. Eddie Dean wrote songs here, Director William Witney planned shooting schedules here and when Republic Pictures came to Lone Pine to make its first western in 1935, the cast and crew (including John Wayne) stayed at the Dow. In August of 1978, motel room 20 was where Wayne stayed while working on what would be his last appearance on film, the Great Western TV commercial shot alongside Movie Road, 2.7 miles north of Whitney Portal Road.
The Lone Pine Film Festival and Festival Patrons.
Dedicated Oct. 10, 1993
Erected 1993 by The Lone Pine Film Festival and Festival Patrons.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainment. A significant historical month for this entry is August 1978.
Location. 36° 36.241′ N, 118° 3.739′ W. Marker is in Lone Pine, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on South Main Street (U.S. 395) just south of Post Street, on the left when traveling south. Marker is mounted at eye-level on the Historic Dow Hotel, just to the right of the front entrance, facing Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 310 South Main Street, Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lone Pine's 'Movie Man' (here, next to this marker); The Adobe Wall (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lone Pine Film Museum (approx. 0.2 miles away); Wedding of the Waters Pageant (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lone Pine Pioneer Cemetery (approx. 0.8 miles away); Disaster in 1872 (approx. one mile away); Movie Flats (approx. 2.6 miles away); "Gunga Din" Filmed Here (approx. 3.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lone Pine.
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1. History of the Dow Hotel and Dow Villa Motel. Originally the Hotel had 55 rooms and one apartment for the manager. The front porch gave a magnificent view of the Sierra with Mt. Whitney the central attraction. The Dow Hotel hosted countless producers, directors and stars. To name a few of (Submitted on March 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
2. The Final Days of John Wayne. Neatorama website entry:
John Wayne's last film was to be The Shootist. Actual figures vary because Wayne did so many obscure films early in his career, but it was around his 175th film. Unfortunately, The Shootist was a massive flop, grossing less than $6 million domestically. Wayne, not broke, but in need of money, was now forced to star in TV commercials — something he never did before. He filmed commercials for "Datril" (an aspirin substitute) and "Great Western Savings & Loan." Wayne's final public appearance was to be the 1979 Academy Awards. He had been diagnosed with cancer, and had actually had radiation treatments that morning. (Submitted on March 9, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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