“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Dayton in Lyon County, Nevada — The American Mountains (Southwest)

The Misfits

The Misfits Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Matthew J Ebert, July 5, 2022
1. The Misfits Marker
The Misfits is a contemporary western drama filmed in 1960 and is best known for the final film roles of movie legends Clark Gable and Marilyn Monroe. It was directed by John Huston and written by playwright Arthur Miller. In 1956, Miller resided outside of Reno and was insprired by Nevada's vast desert landscapes, wild mustangs and local residents. The Misfits stars Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Eli Wallach, Montgomery Clift, and Thema Ritter. Miller wrote the screenplay specifically for Monroe, his wife at the time.

The Misfits' plot centers on Monroe's character, a recently divorced Roslyn Taybor and her new forlorn friends who go to the Dayton rodeo and come up with a plan to wrangle a herd of wild "misfit" mustangs. The film's highlight, where the actors wrangle the wild mustangs was shot on a dry lake bed near Stagecoach, 16 miles east of Dayton, now referred to as "Misfits Flats".

The film's bar and rodeo scenes were filmed in downtown Dayton. Marilyn Monroe's famous paddle ball scene, in which she is accompanied by the rest of cast, was shot here inside the Odean Hall and Saloon. Other
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local filming locations included the Washoe County Court House, the Truckee River, Harrah's Hotel and Casino, Quail Canyon, and Pyramid Lake. During production, the cast stayed in Reno at the Mapes Hotel. Filming of The Misfits was completed on November 4, 1960, twelve days before the death of Clark Gable. The Misfits was released on February 1, 1961. Marilyn Monroe would not complete another film in her acting career. She passed away in August of 1962.
Erected 2022 by Julia C. Bulette #1864, E Clampus Vitus.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. In addition, it is included in the E Clampus Vitus series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1960.
Location. 39° 14.22′ N, 119° 35.464′ W. Marker is in Dayton, Nevada, in Lyon County. Marker is on Pike Street south of Tyler Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 65 Pike Street, Dayton NV 89403, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Odeon Saloon - Billiard Parlour (within shouting distance of this marker); Nevada Added Station (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Union Hotel & Post Office (about 400 feet away); Where Nevada Began (about 400 feet away); The Road to Nowhere
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(about 400 feet away); Courthouse Site (about 400 feet away); Carson & Colorado Railroad (about 400 feet away); Nevada’s First Gold Discovery (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dayton.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2022. It was originally submitted on July 6, 2022, by Matthew J Ebert of Gerlach, NV. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 28 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 6, 2022, by Matthew J Ebert of Gerlach, NV. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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