27 Mar

In 1950 a car pulls up to an historical marker in the desert on the California-Nevada border. The marker reads:

ROCKY MOUNTAIN, also known as Ghost Mountain

On March 26, 1865, a detachment of Confederate cavalry
crossed the state line into California under secret orders
from Gen. Robert E. Lee to rendezvous at Ghost Mountain
with one Cole Smith, with instructions to place the flag
atop the mountain, and though their mission failed, the
heroism displayed by these gallant men honored the cause
for which they fought so valiantly.

“In 1865, eight horsemen trek across the California desert, arriving at Ghost Mountain. Led by Captain Lafe Barstow (Errol Flynn) of the Mississippi Mountain Rifles. The eight soldiers encounter a man who calls himself California Beal (Howard Petrie). As a last desperate effort to turn the tide of the war, Barstow’s mission is to persuade Cole Smith and his 500 men to raid California on behalf of the Confederacy.”

— Gentleman Tim


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  1. Claudia

    March 27, 2021 at 9:03 am

    AKA Cleopatra‘s Needle, located about an hour northwest of Gallup, New Mexico.


    Other scenes were shot near Red Rock Park just outside Gallup.



    • Gentleman Tim

      March 27, 2021 at 4:47 pm

      WOW! What sensational photography, Claudia!! Thank you.

      So very cool you have travelled to these wonderful sites!!!

  2. Ralph Schiller

    March 27, 2021 at 2:37 pm

    Thank-you Tim, That was an outstanding motion picture Rocky Mountain (1950) with a Errol Flynn doing some of his best dramatic work ever.

  3. shangheinz

    March 30, 2021 at 7:52 am

    More material in technicolor, Mountainman Tim:…

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