Thursday, August 16, 2012

Alabama Hills Owens Valley Where The West Was Won

Mobius Arch Alabama Hills
Mobius Arch Alabama Hills
The Alabama Hills are located in the middle of the California Owens Valley near the little town of Lone Pine. You may recognize these jagged rock out droppings from one of the hundreds of western movies filmed here.

The Alabama Hills got its name from prospectors living and mining in the area during the Civil War.

When news reached California about the great victories won by the Confederates’ warship, the CSS Alabama, miners supporting the South named their claims in the ship’s honor. 
The list of movies that were shot at the Alabama Hills is near endless a few of the  highlights include  including the Hopalong Cassidy films, The Lone Ranger, Gunga Din, Springfield Rifle, How the West Was Won, and Joe Kidd.

On May 24, 1969, the US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) designated 30,000 acres of the area west of Lone Pine, CA as the “Alabama Hills Recreation Area.”

Most visitors to the Alabama Hills stay in the nearby town of Lone Pine. This small frontier town is home to the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Museum of Film History, which houses a huge collection of memorabilia from movies filmed in the Alabama Hills.

Learn more about the Alabama Hills and check out some great photos at our main website.