Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Hey, it's Matt Dillon!

Came across these fun finds today on the South Dakota State Archives website. Thanks to the South Dakota State Historical Society, we have a treasure trove of images and information about the state to dig into.

During the winter of 1969-70, the long-running CBS television program "Gunsmoke" visited South Dakota's Black Hills to film an episode called "Snow Train." The Black Hills and the 1880 Train were featured prominently in the episode, which aired in two parts on October 19 and 26, 1970.

The Internet Movie Database has a pretty thorough description of the episode, which involved Native Americans attacking a train in retaliation for being sold bad whiskey. Marshall Matt Dillon naturally has to save the day.

Here is James Arness as Matt Dillon in a classic Black Hills scenic spot.

In this scene, the camera is capturing arrows being shot into the side of the train car.

A cameraman readies his equipment as the scene is set on a snowy Black Hills meadow.

These photos were originally produced by the same office I now work for - the South Dakota Department of Tourism. That's fun for me on top of the fact that "Gunsmoke" was one of my favorite TV shows as a kid, probably because it was one of my dad's as well.

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