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High Noon House

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Main Street (between Yankee Hill Road and State Street), Columbia State Historic Park
Columbia, CA  
Website: High Noon House

The Wilson-McConnell House, located in California's Columbia State Historic Park (aka High Noon's town of Hadleyville), is where Marshal Will Kane (Gary Cooper) tries to recruit the help of the spineless Sam Fuller (Henry Morgan).

About the High Noon House Wilson-McConnell House: Main Street (between Yankee Hill Road and State Street), Columbia State Historic Park Columbia CA

Columbia State Historic Park 'appeared' as the town of Hadleyville in the classic western, High Noon. Most notably, it is the location of High Noon's famed Wilson-McConnell House -- the home of the spineless Sam Fuller (Henry Morgan) whose help Marshall Will Kane (Gary Cooper) tries to recruit. This house is located just a few doors away from Park's Visitor Center.

Columbia State Historic Park is an open-air Gold Rush museum that features the largest collection of Gold Rush era structures in California. As such, it has been featured in other movies and TV shows, including Little House on the Prairie (as Sleepy Eye, Minnesota) and Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider (the Wells Fargo Building). The Park was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1961.

Wilson McConnell High Noon House in California Columbia State Historic Park

There is a Historic Marker in front of the Wilson-McConnell House that reads: "James Wilson, A Norwegian immigrant shoemaker, purchased the property and brick building to the right in 1869. The brick building housed his shop, living quarters were in the rear. Wilson died in 1876, leaving his widow, Rose, and 8 children. This home had been planned and she saw it to its completion in 1878. Dr. and Mrs. James McConnell purchased the properties in 1941, restored the home, moving into it in 1943. Geraldine McConnell, widowed in 1961, continues to reside here. The home was the Governors Mansion for a day in 1945 when Columbia was designated a state historic monument, also, it was featured in the movie "High Noon". It is noteworthy that 2 widow, Rose, in the 19th century, and Geraldine, in the 20th century, have been responsible for the building, restoration, and preservation of this landmark."

House from film High Noon The Wilson McConnell House located in California Columbia State Historic Park

Some interesting links:
Columbia Gazette: Western Films in Columbia, Tuolumne County, CA
Columbia Gazette: Wilson-McConnell House
Sierra College Article about Geraldine McConnell

High Noon House: Main Street (between Yankee Hill Road and State Street), Columbia State Historic Park, Columbia, CA


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