Friday, November 30, 2012

Native American Tools & Artwork

Here's a clip from some video we shot a few years ago at Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo, TX.  Artist James Coverdale of the Kiowa tribe shows some Native American tools and artwork:

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

On Location #34 - TNT's Dallas Episode #7

Tracking down Dallas filming locations is definitely bittersweet these days since the passing of Larry Hagman and with the question of how his absence will affect the future of the show.  But we soldier on with episode 7.

Whenever one of the Ewings is arrested (which, of course, happens frequently) they are sent to the Jack Evans Police Headquarters:

Bobby earned a trip here for pimp-slapping Skinner from the X-Files.  The building is directly across the street from the bar where John Ross and Christopher sometimes hang out and a block or two over from the South Side Apartments where Rebecca (and possibly John Ross) live.

Later John Ross and Elena are felling a little peckish and it was time to get their burger on so they headed to the Twisted Root Burger Company in the Deep Ellum area (near downtown Dallas):

The burgers here are really good (I recommend the Buffalo Burger) but they don't come with fries.  You have to order them on the side and I hate that!  Come on guys, you know everybody wants fries with their burger.

So when John Ross thinks he spies his crazy-lady business partner/girlfriend/enemy he rushes outside:

And looks at the cage which is apparently on the side of the restaurant:

In the light of day you can see that it's not a cage but a fenced in dining area for eating outside:

All this talk about burgers has made it very likely that I'll be heading to Twisted Root for lunch today.  But before we go, and since we are on the topic of the Deep Ellum area, here's a quick video we shot of our pal Jesse James Arnold.  He's a local historian and here he recounts his experiences as a child visiting Deep Ellum:

Monday, November 26, 2012

Monday, November 12, 2012

On Location #33 - Walker, Texas Ranger Eps 5 & 6

It's time to ride shotgun with Walker again as we wade through episodes 5 & 6 of season 1.  We're doing two episodes because both had few locations (at least few that I can find).
In episode # 5 Walker heads to a rough and tough biker bar to pretend to arrest his partner who is undercover as a rough and tough biker.
The location seems to be Strokers on Harry Hines which you might also recognize from Tru TV's show "Ma's Roadhouse" or from our recent ("Dino Sighting").  It looks a lot different now but the address number, which is visible in the episode matches up.
In the episode 6 Alex gets kidnapped (or something) and Walker has to go to her apartment to check on her.  Apparently she lives in a loft on Main Street in Deep Ellum.

The ornate tile art was a dead giveaway for this location and is still there, which fits in nicely with the artsy/hippie vibe that Deep Ellum has:

Two more episodes down, many many more to go!

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Marking Time #29 - Bonnie & Clyde

Notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde left a trail of chaos in their wake until their grisly deaths.  Their final resting places are in the North Texas area near where their lives and criminal careers began.  Although they lived and died together they are not buried together so our first stop is Western Heights Cemetery in Dallas:

It's west of downtown Dallas and has a history all it's own:

The marker reads:

"Located on part of the original William Coombes survey, burials in this cemetery date to the 1850s. Originally known as Troth, it was formally dedicated in 1881, when land was set aside for a "graveyard forever" by Z. E. Coombes and W. R. Fisher. Pioneers interred here include W. R. Fisher, Z. E. Coombes, John and Rosina Loupot, Mary Ellen Cole Tuggle, and Heinrich and Anna Struck. Also buried here are verterans of the Civil War and World Wars I and II, and Clyde and Buck Barrow. Trinity Oaks Church of Christ maintains the historic cemetery."

Clyde's grave is typically adorned with booze bottles, shotgun shells and cigarettes but when I went there were just a few plastic flower arrangements:

Bonnie's grave is Crown Hill Memorial Park about 10 miles to the north.  Apparently she also has some posthumous fans who tend to her grave.  On the day I went a lone cigarette was placed about the headstone:

So there you have the final resting place of two notorious nogoodniks and cultural icons.