Tuesday, December 13, 2016

The Walk of Western Stars

   The dust has cleared, the gun barrels have cooled and the outlaws are behind bars or maybe six feet under. Either way the hero has mounted his horse, tipped his hat and is riding off into the sunset while "The End" creeps on the screen and the audience applauds another fun filled adventure movie set in the "Old West." 
  The now classic western films were extremely popular during the 1930's and well into the 1970's and produced names like John Ford, Roy Rodgers and John Wayne. At one time these were some of the biggest names in Hollywood but the years pass, times change and with it the stars fade away. But there is a place where the history of these western film stars is not only documented but honored in a big way. 
  Main Street in Newhall, California is lined with bronze plaques bordered with terrazzo and each one has the name of a western star. Here Jack Palance, Steve McQueen and Sam Elliot will forever be remembered in true Hollywood fashion. 
   Annually since 1981 the city has added new names to the walk during the Cowboy Festival held in April. We didn't have the opportunity to attend the 2016 event because we were in the middle of moving in but I think we'll be able to make an appearance next spring. If you think you'd like to see the Walk of Western Stars or if you want to attend the Cowboy Festival check out the sites below and we'll see you back here on Friday!




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