GUTHRIE, Texas – In a town where horses graze on pastures, a cafe works and the 6666 Ranch and Supply House exists, Hollywood magic happened for the filming of the prequel to “Yellowstone”, “1883”, in Guthrie.
In the past two weeks, less than 300 King County residents in the area have adjusted to a small town living with cast, liners and production crews who have made temporary home in a created RV park. just for the set backdrop in the middle of Guthrie.
KFOR sister stations KAMC, KLBK and AllLubbock.com reached out to local business owners and ISD Guthrie’s superintendent to get their feedback on what life is like adjusting to Hollywood actors who come to town.
Additionally, the team at KAMC, KLBK, and EverythingLubbock.com were able to secure an exclusive interview with Vince Valdez, who is a production assistant with the “1883” production and grew up in Lubbock.
When asked what it was like to come back to West Texas for the shoot, Valdez said it was surreal.
“Coming back to West Texas has been an honor,” he said. “It was really cool because we flew a charter plane with the cast and crew. So coming home on a charter flight to not only see my family but also finish the movie was pretty awesome.
“1883” is a period piece and a prequel to the “Yellowstone” series that highlights the region of West Texas, where the journey begins from Texas to Montana.
Valdez said there is a journey in every family that viewers could relate to.
“There is a huge emphasis on authenticity when it comes to dress, wardrobe and costumes,” said Valdez. “You cannot duplicate this location. As everyone knows, 6666 Ranch is historic.
While Valdez said he was thrilled to see how viewers reacted to the previous series, residents of Guthrie also reacted to the filming location in their small town.
Amber Long, owner of Farmhouse Coffee Co., said she opened her cafe on November 11, just in time to serve the film to crew members.
“It’s pretty cool,” Long said. “We’re so small, so not much is happening here. We’ve had plenty of them in the store, and they’ve been more than gracious. We enjoyed it.
She said no Hollywood stars have appeared, that liners, riders and crew stopped for early morning coffee before filming began each day.
Although she has yet to watch “Yellowstone,” Long said she was excited to see the prequel.
Becky Taylor, the owner of Ranch Gals Goodies, sells baked goods at the cafe. She said she had always wanted to start a bakery business and wanted to give people something different when they come over for coffee.
Taylor makes different types of brownies, homemade breads and spicy crackers. Plus, she said the Cowboy Bar is one of her bestsellers, which is made with chocolate chips, toffee, vanilla, and coconut.
“I’m not a fancy baker,” Taylor added. “I don’t bake fancy cakes or cookies or anything like that.”
As an avid “Yellowstone” viewer, Taylor said she was thrilled to see a show that portrayed a real cowboy.
“It’s nice to see real people portrayed correctly,” she said.
Guthrie ISD Superintendent Jodie Reel said he has lived in King County for 10 years.
“There is a lot more traffic in the city than usual,” he said.
Reel said the RV park trailers, designed exclusively for the cast and crew, arrived overnight nearly three weeks ago.
“The population more than doubled overnight,” he said.
While the RV park is within sight of Guthrie ISD, Reel said it’s being repositioned every day so no one can see what’s going on.
When asked by KAMC what it was like to see a Hollywood production shot in Guthrie, Reel said it was a good opportunity to see what goes into making a movie.
“The beauty that we see every day,” he said, “we take it for granted. For these people, waking up in the new RV park must have been quite spectacular, in my opinion.
While this was a great opportunity for residents as filming progressed for “1883,” Reel said he hoped it didn’t “change a lot of our world while showing it towards the outside at the same time “.
Reel predicted that residents would see crews and traffic would continue to pour in, as the 6666 Ranch shoot brought people into town to buy 6666 merchandise.
He said raising his teenage son in Guthrie was the best place to raise a young man.
“The quality of the community is largely reflected in the cowboy culture,” said Reel. “If that happens in ‘1883’, they’ve made a success of this performance. “
“1883 ″ premiered on Paramount + Sunday, and it was not immediately clear when episode 6666 Ranch would air at the time of this article’s publication.