Filming ‘Into the Wild’


The Prairie Parish First Lutheran Church in Artesian will have an outdoor service at 9:30 a.m. Oct. 18. Everyone is welcome.

Voni Durant returned home Oct. 8 after spending a week in Belle Fourche with her brother and wife, Ed and DeEtte Goss. Their sister, Jo Goss, from Kingman, Ariz., was there as well.

Logan Hattervig of Sioux Falls visited his parents, David and Connie Hattervig, last weekend. His brother, Lucas Hattervig, was a Sunday and Monday visitor.

Did you know?

(Taken from “Carthage, Gem of the Redstone” by Sally Madison)

Carthage was the scene of a movie site for a Paramount Studios production. “Into the Wild” was based on the book by John Krakauer about a hitchhiker that Wayne Westerberg, a local elevator and combine operator, befriended on the road. Shortly after the meeting in Wyoming, the hitchhiker, Chris McCandless, walked into Carthage and stayed for the summer, befriending townspeople, working in the elevator, painting and blending into the community.

The residents knew very little of McCandless’ background. The son of a wealthy family, he had rejected his family and trust fund in search of adventure. He left Carthage hitchhiking and eventually made his way to Alaska where he made his home in an abandoned bus in the wilderness. When he was ready to hike out, he found he was unable to cross the river and was trapped in the wilderness. He kept a journal until a few days before his death. He died either from of starvation or from eating poisonous plants.

The 2007 movie included sites from all of McCandless’ adventures, including Carthage. Sean Penn was the director. Emiel Hirsch and Vince Vaughn played McCandless and Westerberg, with locals hired as runners and assistants.

Today, the only evidence scenes are signs on the highways saying “This is the site where the movie “Into the Wild” was filmed.”


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