Old movie road on the Upper Iverson — bottom left corner
Iverson explorer Cliff Roberts tipped me off recently that he spotted what appeared to be an old abandoned movie road during a visit to the former Upper Iverson Movie Ranch.
Back at ground level, Cliff walks ahead on the road, heading southwest
While we're not the first location enthusiasts to find our way to the road, it has been lying dormant in recent years and remains one of the Upper Iverson's well-kept secrets.
Those Great Western Movie Locations," published in 2008.
"Lawless Cowboys" (1951): Whip Wilson on the buttressed road
The most extensive filming on the old road appears to have taken place near the base of the road — the buttressed section — as in this example from the Monogram B-Western "Lawless Cowboys."
"Lawless Cowboys": Whip Wilson rides northeast from the buttressed road
A wide shot from "Lawless Cowboys" shows the area on the Upper Iverson's Southwest Rim where the north end of the buttressed road empties out onto the flatland.
"Leadville Gunslinger" (Allan "Rocky" Lane, 1952)
Tinsley Yarbrough notes in "Those Great Western Movie Locations" that Rocky Lane traveled the road in "Leadville Gunslinger." The above shot from the movie was filmed about halfway up the road.
"Leadville Gunslinger": The view from the road
The crew filming "Leadville Gunslinger" also turned the camera in the other direction, giving us this view from the road looking north over a portion of the Upper Iverson.
"Gold Raiders" (Three Stooges, 1951)
The buttressing near the bottom section of the road can be spotted occasionally in backgrounds, as in the Three Stooges movie "Gold Raiders."
"Adventures of Spin and Marty" (1955): Stone buttressing on the Lower Iverson
Stone buttressing has survived in a number of locations on the former Iverson Ranch. The best-known example is found along the "Steep Canyon Road" that runs through the Gorge below Nyoka Cliff.
Promo still for "Pack Train" (1953) — photo from the Jerry England collection
A classic shot of this buttressing on the Lower Iverson appears in a promotional still for the Gene Autry movie "Pack Train." This is essentially the same section seen in the shot from "Spin and Marty."
Lower Nyoka Cliff and the Steep Canyon Road in 2014
The buttressing seen in "Spin and Marty" and "Pack Train" has deteriorated significantly since the filming era, but remains somewhat intact.
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Above is a link to a nine-movie DVD set that includes "Lawless Cowboys" and a number of other cool Iverson movies in terrific picture quality, in case you might be into that sort of thing — mostly Whip Wilson and Johnny Mack Brown B-Westerns, along with a couple of non-Iverson Jimmy Wakely movies.