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Friday, November 18, 2016

Duke, Pappy and Clint

Above, the solitary tall, skinny rock spire, called Totem Pole, was 
featured in a Clint Eastwood movie in 1975. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

The influence that John Wayne and John Ford on Monument Valley endures today.

Near Goulding's Lodge, visitors can see John Wayne's cabin used for She Wore A Yellow Ribbon (1949). John Wayne movies are screened at the theater near Goulding's Lodge.

At Goulding's Campground store, there are numerous Wayne-oriented merchandise to buy such as coasters, magnets, playing cards, posters, books and other goods. The funniest was a roll of John Wayne Toilet Paper.

At the Monument Valley Welcome Center, John Ford's director's chair is on display (above photo). There's even a spot named John Ford Point.

There is one place that is not John Wayne or John Ford-oriented. It is Totem Pole. It was used in the 1975 Clint Eastwood movie, The Eiger Sanction.

Above, a roll of John Wayne Toilet Paper. Photo by Armand Vaquer.

In The Eiger Sanction, Eastwood's character is in training for his climb of the Eiger mountain. Part of the training involved a climb on a tall, skinny spire rock with George Kennedy. We viewed it from a distance during the tour.

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