Paper Moon (1973) Filming Locations

Location #1: Cemetery


Nickel Cemetery, McCracken, Kansas, United States

Location #2: Train station


At 27th Street & Avenue E, Wilson, Kansas, United States

Location #3: Gas station


Southeast Corner of Main Street & Maple Avenue, McCracken, Kansas, United States

* A contribution by Jon Redmond!

Location #4: Gorham Station


The real thing, in Gorham, Kansas, United States

Location #5: Con demonstration


416 Coleman Avenue, Dorrance, Kansas, United States

* A contribution by Lionel Reilly!

13 thoughts on “Paper Moon (1973) Filming Locations

  1. Jamie Malone

    Location #10, is near the very beginning of the movie when the woman was talking about “bone structure”. She then referenced the bone structure of the Cadillac in the picture. The 1936 Cadillac belonged to my dad, Don Butcher of Hays.
    The location was on the first block west of Main Street on 10th in Hays where steps take you from the sidewalk to the street.
    At the time, Schlegals Hobby Shop & a doctors office was located in that block.

    1. John D. Feldt

      Wlmer Schoenberger of Hays ks, while working at Gagelman Ford body shop in Hays , Painted the 36 cadillac for Don Butcher and it may of been for getting ready for the movie.

  2. David DeArmond

    Yes, I do know where those unknown locations are. In fact I’ve found about fifty locations for Paper Moon. The only significant ones I have not found are the ones where 1. Chased by the deputies, Moses and Addie are stopped by a tractor pulling an impliment and Moses drives up on an embankment to pass. 2. In the next shot Moses drives around a turn, skids to a stop, reverses and drives up a narrow lane cut through a treed embankment. (Then the movie goes on to the wrestling/car swap scenes).
    I’d like to find either of these car chase scenes. Either would lead to the other.

  3. Lisa Chrisler VanHorn

    Location #21 was a house in Ellis County on River Road. They fixed it up on the outside for the filming. It’s no longer there. I remember going there to watch filming. The ladies that lived around there made the crew a homemade meal. I’m getting more information but as I recall it was fried chicken and homemade bread and potato salad.

    1. Sharon Koontz

      where was it located? My son-in-law’s grandfather played the sheriff’s deputy that lived there and came to the door as they were trying to con his wife. All of us in the family would like to know more about him and the scene. His last name was Reed, and he was from Lawrence at the time.

    2. Lionel Reilly

      Location #5 is in Dorrance. It was my parents home and have many photos from the filming. I believe the woman who answered the door was a Mrs. Huff. She paid $24 for her bible. In the film the previous stop to sell a bible was to a widowed woman with a large family. That frame home belonged to my grandparents also located in Dorrance. This family was given a free bible. Doubling Mrs. Huff’s bible cost along with the free bible kept their $12 average. Very clever.

      I still own the home in Location #5 which was built in the fall of 1910.

  4. Shawn Hewitt

    I’d like to know where the closing scene was filmed. Presumably its near Location #21, but where? That was quite a vista — does it look the same today?

      1. Lori Benedick

        Do you if the house is still there? I know I went there in my teens and I’m now 44.i can’t remember how to get there anymore. Lol

        1. David DeArmond

          No, the house and its fence have been torn down. Today the lot is used to store round bales. You can still find evidence of the foundation if you search for them.

    1. David DeArmond

      One of the best known locations; it looks much the same however a power line crosses in the distance and the hill top at the road side has been dug away a bit to provide stone for construction.


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