Utah's Little Hollywood

The Kanab area is known as "Utah's Little Hollywood" because more than 100 motion pictures have been filmed there.

More Westerns have been produced here than anywhere outside of California. John Wayne, Ronald Reagan, Clint Eastwood and a host of stars made movies in the area.

"Little Hollywood Museum," located at 297 W Center Street in Kanab, has sets from The Outlaw Josey Wales, Sergeants 3, Desperate Hours, One Little Indian, Black Bart and more. The museum has hundreds of still photographs and movie making props adorning the walls. Admission is free. A self-guided tour provides insites into the displays.

The "Gunsmoke" TV series used a set in Johnson Canyon for more than 20 episodes shot between the '50s and '70s. The set is on private property but can still be viewed from the road, or with a tour guide.

Another movie set, located in Paria Canyon, was used in the Clint Eastwood classic "The Outlaw Josey Wales." The set has been completely removed.

Lake Powell was used as a location for "Maverick," "The Hulk," "Broken Arrow" and both versions of "Planet of the Apes." "The Attic Door" was also filmed in the area in 2007.

Many local businesses display photos and memorabilia associated with movie production. Old timers tell stories about how John Wayne and other stars ate at this restaurant and slept in this hotel.

So it is natural that Kanab has its own version of the Hollywood walk of fame. The great and near great who made memorable movies in Kanab are included. Ronald Reagan, producer Howard Koch, Tom Mix, Ben Johnson, and the entire cast of Gunsmoke are found immortalized on the streets of Kanab. Each year movie greats are added. Among other plaques are those honoring Glenn Ford, Chuck Connors, George "Gabby" Hayes, Jim Davis, Whitney "Whit" Parry, Lex Barker, Peter Ford, Denny Miller, Ed Faulkner, Peter Brown and many more!

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