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Silly me. I went to Eagle Pass last week expecting to see locations used in the film No Country for Old Man. A perfunctory check of filming locations at IMDb did indeed list Eagle Pass (UPDATE: Eagle Pass has since been removed from the list of locations). And I assumed, since a hotel in the film was called "Hotel Eagle" (or was it Eagle Hotel? I've only seen this film three times now) and the events of the film and book are set in Texas, on the Texas/Mexico border, that I would indeed find the things I expected to see.
Moss pulled into Eagle Pass at a quarter till two in the morning.
He'd slept a good part of the way in the back of the cab and he
only woke up when they slowed coming off the highway down Main Street.
He watched the pale white globes of the street lamps pass along the
upper rim of the window.
Then he sat up.
You goin across the river? the driver said.
No. Just take me downtown.
You are downtown.
Moss leaned forward with his elbows on the back of the seat.
What's that right there?
That's the Maverick County Courthouse.
No. Right there where the sign is.
That's the Hotel Eagle.
Drop me there. (No Country for Old Men, pp. 106, 107)
But no. It turns out that most of the filming was done in Las Vegas, New Mexico. Imagine that - things in a movie not reflecting reality....So, no Plaza Hotel. No Serf Theatre. But here is what I did find in Eagle Pass. First of all, there was the decidedly tropical Maverick County Courthouse and jail. It was constructed in 1885, and is Romanesque Revival style with Second Empire influences, with the 1926 paint scheme:
I saw the name "Hesles" several times while in Eagle Pass, including on this motel near the downtown area and border crossing, complete with eclectic birdhouse collection:
The Aztec Theatre, which was built around 1915 and closed in 1982. It is mentioned in the novel:
He loped wincing down the sidewalk past the Aztec Theatre. As he
passed the little round ticket kiosk all the glass fell out of it.
He never even heard that shot. (No Country for Old Men, p. 114)
Eagle Pass had a Kress at one time, in front of which there was wooden pavement as recently as 1963:
More recently, it appears one could shop at the "De Todo Todo Todo Todo" (promises, promises) y "Mi Casa," and what might have been a Kress warehouse(?):
When these pictures were taken in January 2008, the border town, drug cartel violence, which continues today, had begun to make national news, so it was slightly disturbing to see this:
Corner of Main and Bibb (note Aztec Theatre):
These last two shots are my favorites of what I captured while there. It was extremely cold at this point, and I was feeling "brave" being out on Main Street at that particular hour: