THE GOLDEN YEARS

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THE GOLDEN YEARS

Engine No. 315 celebrates Hollywood heritage 60 years later

The Durango & Rio Grande Western’s No. 315 engine, an 1895 steam locomotive, sits at the Durango depot during the 1948 filming of “Colorado Territory.” The producers made several alterations to the locomotive, including a new number, and also replaced “Durango” with “Aztec” on the depot wall. Thursday will mark the 60th anniversary of the movie’s 1949 release.

THE GOLDEN YEARS

The Durango & Rio Grande Western’s No. 315 engine, an 1895 steam locomotive, sits at the Durango depot during the 1948 filming of “Colorado Territory.” The producers made several alterations to the locomotive, including a new number, and also replaced “Durango” with “Aztec” on the depot wall. Thursday will mark the 60th anniversary of the movie’s 1949 release.

Hollywood of the Rockies

Some memorable films shot in and around Durango:


1956 "Around the World in 80 Days" – Won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 1957.


1962 "How the West Was Won" – The "Who’s Who of Hollywood" cast included Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, John Wayne and James Stewart.


1969 "Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid" – Robert Redford and Paul Newman made their famous jump from the Baker’s Bridge area.


1983 "Vacation" – Chevy Chase cashed a check at the Grand Canyon, but that was really the Strater Hotel lobby.


1991 "City Slickers" – Locales included the Cool Water Resort on the Pine River near Vallecito, the Southern Ute Reservation between Ignacio and Bondad and the 2,400-acre Steward Ranch near Lightner Creek.


1993 "Cliffhanger" – Set in the Colorado Rockies, only a few shots were from the San Juans, with most of the mountain scenes shot in the Italian Alps.


2000 "Nurse Betty" – In one scene, Renee Zellweger’s character walks by the landmark Toh-Atin Indian.

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