How the West Was Won

Image of John Wayne and Glen Campbell
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  • Release: November 1, 1962
  • Duration: 164 Minutes
  • Distributed: MGM
  • Genre: Western

Production Team

  • Director: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall
  • Producer: Bernard Smith
  • Written by: James R. Webb
  • Based on True Grit by Charles Portis


  • Carroll Baker
  • Walter Brennan
  • Lee J. Cobb
  • Andy Devine
  • Henry Fonda
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Karl Malden
  • Agnes Moorehead
  • Harry Morgan
  • Gregory Peck
  • George Peppard
  • Robert Preston
  • Debbie Reynolds
  • Thelma Ritter
  • James Stewart
  • Eli Wallach
  • John Wayne
  • Richard Widmark

Movie Locations

Spectacular scenery around our charming Colorado town, at the foot of the San Juan Mountains, caught the attention of the director of the film True Grit, starring John Wayne as the one-eyed U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn. In 6 weeks in 1969, the film crew turned 5 blocks of the center of this old railroad town into 1880’s Fort Smith, Arkansas.

Visitors Center & Ridgway Area Chamber

The Ridgway Area Chamber of Commerce promotes business and community development in the Town of Ridgway and the surrounding area. The chamber operates the Visitors Center, which is currently closed until further notice due to COVID-19, and is located at 150 Racecourse Road, Ridgway, Colorado 81432 (across from Citizens Bank off of HWY 62).

P.O. Box 544
Ridgway, Colorado 81432


See you in Ridgway

Adventure, night life and all around easy living await you in Ridgway Colorado, gateway to the San Juan Mountains.

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