From the Grand Teton National Park sign, go 2.0 miles N
on US-89 to Gros Ventre Junction.
Turn Right (E) onto Gros Ventre Road and go 7.0 miles to
Continue past Kelly, N on Gros Ventre Road, and turn
right (E) onto Gros Ventre Road where
it meets Antelope Flats Road. The Wright homestead is on
the N side of Gros Ventre Road, about
1.1 miles E of where it meets Antelope Flats Road. Park
in the small turnout on the N side of the
The motion picture Shane is the quintessential
American western. Released in 1953, it is a tale of
homesteaders versus cattlemen, of good versus evil. It
has a heroic stranger with a mysterious past, fist fights
and gun fights. While the locations used in making Brokeback
Mountain are scattered throughout southern Alberta,
nearly all the locations used in making Shane are
concentrated within the Teton Valley. The Joe Starrett
homestead, the Ernie Wright homestead, Cemetery Hill, the
town site, the creek and river crossings, are all within
twenty miles of each other.
The various movie sets were built with
logs and timbers bought from a lumber store in Jackson,
WY. Sadly, nothing remains of them today. The Ernie
Wright cabin, however, is an authentic pioneer cabin. It
once belonged to an early homesteader and was used for Shane
by the filmmakers.
Walt Farmer, a Shane movie
enthusiast, and a Jackson resident, has spent more than
ten years researching the making of Shane and
documenting the locations used in making it. Because of
his research, we were able to find the Wright cabin for
ourselves. A Shane cdrombook is available for
purchase on his website.
The John Moulton barn and the Thomas Moulton barn, probably the
two most photographed barns in the U.S.A., are located on
Mormon Row Road, about 4 miles west of the cabin.
A Praise of Masculinity Through the Films
Shane and Brokeback Mountain