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 River. Pringle 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