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- Hope, British Columbia - Rambo First Blood Film Site
Hope was the production shooting location for the first Rambo movie.[Peter, 08/02/2015]
For six weeks in the Fall of 1981, the little town of Hope became the location film set for Rambo: First Blood (It was supposedly in Washington state). In the movie, Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) single-handedly destroys the unwelcoming town, establishing the archetype of "crazed Vietnam vet" for a generation ("There are no friendly civilians!"). Most of it is an in-your-mind attraction now, although the town does provide a helpful map of notable locations.
- 3 Ave., Hope, BC, Canada
- Most of the movie location sites are clustered downtown, along 3 Ave., between Fort and Park Sts.
If you study the construction of this galley giant, you can visualize the narrative of actually baking the World's Largest Cherry Pie.[Sara Belknap, 08/02/2015]
All they need to add is an aroma machine.
No one is there. Not worth a detour.[Andy, 08/02/2015]
- US Hwy 59, Leggett, TX
- On the northbound side of US Hwy 59. Either one mile north of the gas station in Leggett, or a quarter-mile south of the rest area south of Seven Oaks.
Fascinating place. Great exhibits, nice staff![Kurt, 08/02/2015]
Allen Allensworth was born as a slave in Louisville, Kentucky in 1842. He established this remote California town in 1908 with four other African American settlers. By 1914 there were 200 residents. A number of buildings remain and are maintained by the state parks system, including Colonel Allensworth's home, furnished as if it was still 1912.
Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park
- Highway 43, Earlimart, CA
- Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park. 30 miles north of Bakersfield on Hwy 43, 7 miles west of Earlimart on County Road J22.
- 10 am - 4 pm. (Call to verify)
I recommend highly. People have assumptions that perhaps "lower income" areas equal a bad thing. Not true. Couldn't have been more friendly here.[Tracy, 08/02/2015]
The house itself is currently decrepit, but the neighbors waved a friendly hello to us from nearby porches.
- 406 Lucy Ave., Memphis, TN
- South of downtown. I-40 exits 1B or 1C. Drive south on Hwy 1/Danny Thomas Blvd for two miles, then continue straight south onto Wellington St. for about another mile. Turn right onto Cambridge Ave., then first right onto Sardis St., then first right onto Lucy Ave. You'll see two houses with brick column porches on the left; Aretha's house is the next one, the run-down third house, on the left.