You May Have Seen Central Oregon And Not Even Known It!

Real Estate Agent with Fred Real Estate Group

 Feel like you have never seen Central Oregon and wish you had?  You very well may have and not even realized it.  If you watch movies chances are you have seen at least part of the scenery of Central Oregon.

Central Oregon has been a hot spot for Hollywood since at least 1958.  If you are a Louis L'Amour fan you will know the book Tonka - the movie which I can not find - was filmed in 1958 in the Bend/La Pine area.  

In 1974  The Apple Dumpling Gang was filmed on the Big Deschutes in La Pine.  The scene of the wagon heading down the hill and into the river was filmed where you will now find the subdivision of Wild RiverPringle Falls does not look much like a fall but more like rapids but underneath the rushing water is truly a water fall. 

Pringle Falls was also the back drop of a scene or two from Rooster Cogburn in 1974.  During the filming of this now classic our family had the opportunity to host dinner for John Wayne.  He along with others of the cast stayed on our property and to make extra dollars I washed and ironed their shirts.

Up the Creek was a funny movie that was filmed in La Pine and Bend, once again the back drop was Pringle Falls - and what is now Wild River Subdivision.

The list goes on.....

1975 - Search For Sasquatch, 1977 - Hot Lead & Cold Feet. 1980 - St. Helens, 1990 - Grand Tour, 1991 - Incredible Journey, 1992 - Even Cowgirls Get The Blues, White Wolves, 1994 - McKenna (The Series) 1997 - The Postman

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Comments (14)

Linda Scanlan
A Fan of AR - Burleson, TX
Thesa - the photos you use are spectacular! I never knew Oregon was so beautiful!
Mar 03, 2008 09:20 PM
Neal Bloom
Brokered by eXp Realty LLC - Weston, FL
Realtor CRS-Weston FL Real Estate
Come didn't hang woth the Duke? You celebrity you! Very Cool.
Mar 03, 2008 10:12 PM
Margaret Woda
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc. - Crofton, MD
Maryland Real Estate & Military Relocation
Mr. Holland's Opus is one on that list I remembr - 'Can't believe it was 1993.  My how time flies when you're having fun!
Mar 03, 2008 10:39 PM
Marlene Scheffer
Realty Station - Bremerton, WA
Realtor to Kitsap County, WA
I loved the Apple Dumpling Gang!  I remember watching it at the library one afternoon in second grade.  I had no idea it was filmed there!
Mar 03, 2008 11:03 PM
Teri Eckholm
Boardman Realty - White Bear Lake, MN
REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro
Thesa--It is obvious from your photos that Central Oregon is a beautiful location for a movie!
Mar 03, 2008 11:29 PM
Lori Gilmore
Baird & Warner Real Estate - Joliet, IL
Realtor - Will County Illinois
Wow. . .beautiful photo!  I had no idea so many films came out of that location.
Mar 04, 2008 12:42 AM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Thesa - Well, these are some things I didn't know and that pic is amazing!  It's no wonder Oregon is popular among filmmakers.
Mar 04, 2008 01:12 AM
Jason Crouch
Austin Texas Homes, LLC - Austin, TX
Broker - Austin Texas Real Estate (512-796-7653)
I am not surprised that they would choose that area as the backdrop for films.  Beautiful natural scenery!
Mar 04, 2008 01:34 AM
Mary Warren
Las Vegas, NV

Thesa - that is an AWESOME photo!  I'm not a movie goer but many of those names sound familiar.  A John Wayne movie being filmed against this awesome background mkes a lot of sense!

Mar 04, 2008 01:45 AM
Jesse & Kathy Clifton
Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS® - Fairbanks, AK

Thesa - I've only been through Oregon once and it was incredibly beautiful.  Is that the view off your deck? That would be rough to look at every day. :) 

Mar 04, 2008 04:41 AM
Jennifer Fivelsdal
JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571 - Rhinebeck, NY
Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection
Thesa - I love the photo.  Your area is truly beautiful, can't say I have seen any of those movies.
Mar 04, 2008 02:55 PM
Lisa Hill
Florida Property Experts - Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Beach Real Estate
I don't think I've seen a single one of those movies. But you've shown us another beautiful photo. =)
Mar 04, 2008 03:31 PM
Keith Perry
Coldwell Banker - Hiram, GA
REALTOR - West Metro Atlanta
Hi Thesa, that is one awesome photo!
Mar 05, 2008 07:28 AM