If you are in Monument Valley, the Goulding’s Lodge Museum is well worth a visit. Harry Goulding was the first white man to settle in the area – and he was the one who convinced movie director John Ford to use Monument Valley as location for a series of western films, starting with “Stagecoach” in 1939. The museum focuses mostly on Goulding himself and his wife – but upstairs you will find the movie room where one of the western classics is always projected on a large screen and where photos, screen shots and other movie memorabilia are on display.
Outside against the rising rocks, the ‘Captain Nathan Brittles’ Cabin’ is located just behind the museum. Originally, this building was Mrs. Goulding’s potato cellar – but when ‘She Wore a Yellow Ribbon’ was filmed here in 1949, the shed structure was used for exterior shots of the personal quarters for the Cavalry Post’s commanding officer Captain Nathan Brittles, played by John Wayne. John Ford from 1939 to 1964 made a total of seven movies in Monument Valley, most of them with John Wayne as the leading character.
When filming in the valley the director and his leading actors always stayed at Goulding’s Lodge. Today, an old stagecoach is on handsome display outside the museum. The view towards the silhouette of the Monument Valley mittens, buttes and mesas is still magnificent.
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