Lisa Britton

Lee Marvin’s pants have arrived.

And not just any pants — this is the woven brownish pair he wore in the Western musical “Paint Your Wagon,” filmed in Baker County in 1968.

A new exhibit at the Baker Heritage Museum is celebrating the movie’s golden anniversary. It was filmed in 1968, and released in 1969. The display will be featured in the museum’s main gallery through the 2019 season.

“Paint Your Wagon” starred Clint Eastwood, Lee Marvin and Jean Seberg and was set in gold rush-era California. The movie was filmed in two main locations — along East Eagle Creek in the Wallowa Mountains about 30 miles northeast of Baker City and near Anthony Lakes about 35 miles northwest of town.

The museum’s display has been several years in the making and includes a number of photographs on loan from the community.

“There was an outpouring of photos,” said Carly Annable, museum director.

One wall features promotional posters in several languages on loan from Rich Lee, a collector who lives back East.

“There’s nothing more American than gold in the West,” Annable said.

One poster, written in Thai, depicts Lee Marvin firing a machine gun and Clint Eastwood wearing a pink turtleneck.

“Clearly the person who did the artwork never saw the movie,” Annable said.

Another set of posters, these by artist Peter Max, are done in a ’70s-type style — perhaps a nod to the 300 hippies who moved into Baker County along with the movie crew (part of the display talks about the hippie culture).

The museum is now open for the season. Daily hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 adults, $6 seniors and military and free for ages 12 and younger. Group rates are also available.

For more information, stop by the museum, 2480 Grove St., or call 541-523-9308.

See more in the March 23, 2018 issue of the Baker City Herald.

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