Stand by Me Filming Locations – California and Oregon

Stand by Me Filming Locations – California and Oregon

I was 6, going on 7, the first time I saw Stand by Me. I was 34, going on 35, the first time I visited the Stand by Me filming locations.

Vivid memories from my first viewing of Stand By Me are still with me. In particular, the Stand by Me puke scene where lard ass throws up. That scene startled me so bad that I jumped from the floor to the couch and into my mom’s arms.

Lardass, Stand by Me puke scene - Stand by Me Filming Locations
Stand by Me puke scene, Lardass

As I grew up, with every viewing, there would be more and more dialog that I would catch and understand. There are a few movies similar to Stand by Me, but for me, none compare. So, since I was driving through Oregon and California with my family recently, I had to get a look at a few.

Where was Stand by Me filmed?

Stand by Me was filmed in Central Oregon and Northern California.

Stand by Me Filming Locations in Oregon:

Stand by Me Filming Locations in California:

Brownsville Stand by Me Filming Locations

Brownsville Oregon served as Castle Rock Oregon in the movie Stand by Me.

419 N. Main St. Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Castle Rock Oregon

Castle Rock Oregon
Castle Rock Oregon, back then – Stand by Me Filming Location

When old Gordie (Richard Dryfus) first flashes back in the story we see young Gordie at a store. After he purchases the magazine he exits into Downtown Castle Rock at 419 N. Main St. Brownsville, OR. 97327. This is also the location where Ace and Gordie have their confrontation after Ace steals the hat that Gordie’s brother Denny gave him.

Castle Rock Oregon, now
Castle Rock Oregon, now – Stand by Me Location

I walked around the corner to get a better look at the building in the background. There was a man smoking a cigarette outside his house and asked him where a specific location was, the shot immediately after the shot above. He looked at the picture below that I had on my phone.

Downtown Castle Rock Oregon movie still
Downtown Castle Rock Oregon movie still – Stand by Me Location

He said he wasn’t sure, but pointed to his right and said, “That’s where the gun shot happened.” As a result, I felt the hairs on the back of my neck stand straight up because he was talking about the memorable scene in Stand by Me where Gordie accidentally fires the gun that Chris “hawked from his old man.” I could see it from where I was standing.

If you walk in the same direction that Gordie does in the movie, you’ll run right into this street. So, you can actually walk in Gordie’s footsteps, if you want.

Downtown Castle Rock Oregon, now
Downtown Castle Rock Oregon, now – Stand by Me Location

221-225 Holloway Heights, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Gordie shoots behind Blue Point Diner

Gordie shoots behind Blue Point Diner, back then
Gordie shoots behind Blue Point Diner movie still – Stand by Me Location

One of the most memorable scenes in the film is when Gordie fires the gun in the alley behind Blue Point Diner. The location is just around the corner from where he emerges from the store. Who could forget their faces when that gun when off!

Chris Chambers and Gordie Lachance, priceless reaction to the gun being loaded
Chris Chambers and Gordie Lachance, priceless reaction to the gun being loaded

The area still looks almost exactly the same.

Gordie shoots behind Blue Point Diner, now
Gordie shoots behind Blue Point Diner, now – Stand by Me Location

325 Fisher St, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Gordie Lachance’s house

Gordie Lachance's house
Gordie Lachance’s house movie still – Stand by Me Location

We jumped in the car and drove a short 2 minutes to Gordie Lachance’s house. There was a group of people working in the front yard outside across the street from the house. I pointed at the house and asked if they knew if anybody lived there. They said yes and that the owner was working outside on the other side of the house.

In my fantasy world, Wil Wheaton himself owned the house. So, I worked up the courage to go to the front door and knock to see if Wil Wheaton was there! I’ve never spoken or written about it until just now.

A man came to the door and I peeked behind him to check for Wil Wheaton before I said, “I’m a Stand by Me fan and I was hoping I could take a picture of the back.” “Sure, of course,” he said. We walked around the house and he pointed to a spot in front of us and then towards a parked truck. “That’s where the flower bed was and over by my truck is probably where the camera was.”

Gordie Lachance's house, now
Gordie Lachance’s house, now – Stand by Me Location

I walked towards the truck and turned around. “That second window over there is where Gordie was sticking his head out. I’ve done some work up there since the movie came out,” he said as I snapped a couple of pictures.

I thanked him for letting me take a few pictures and as we walked back towards the street, I think I thanked him another 20 times. “Did you get the $5 dollars,” I heard someone yell from across the street. We laughed and I hurried back to the car to drive another 3 minutes up the road to Stand by Me bad boy Ace Merrill’s house.

1152 Linn Way, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Ace Merrill’s house

Ace Merrill's house
Ace Merrill’s house movie still – Stand by Me Location

The property looks a lot different from the movie, yet I could tell by the top of the house that this was indeed Ace Merrill’s place. Also, if you want to live down the street from Ace Merrill’s house, here’s your chance!

Ace Merrill's house, now
Ace Merrill’s house, now – Stand by Me Location

School Ave, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Treehouse

Treehouse
Treehouse – Stand by Me Location

The first gentleman I spoke to warned me that the Treehouse was on private property. We drove near the area to see if we could get a glimpse, but we began to see “No Trespassing” signs and I didn’t want to push my luck.

N Main St, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Green Bridge return home

Stand by Me Location: Green Bridge return home
Green Bridge return home movie still – Stand by Me Location

Before we left, I took a picture of the bridge that the boys cross at the end their journey. This was actually the first thing I saw as we drove into the town, and I have to admit, I got teary-eyed.

Green Bridge return home, now
Green Bridge return home, now – Stand by Me Location

This is also the bridge where Vern’s brother Billy tells Eyeball Chambers to “Swear on your mother’s good name that you won’t tell anyone,” before telling Eyeball he knows where the body of Ray Brower is located.

Vern's brother Billy and Eyeball fishing
Eyeball Chambers and Vern’s brother Billy Tessio fishing – Stand by Me Location

N Main St & Park Ave, Brownsville, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Vern finds a penny

Vern finds a penny
Vern finds a penny movie still – Stand by Me Location

My favorite character from Stand by Me is Vern. As he takes his exit to return home, he finds a penny as he’s crossing the street. “Hey look, a penny,”  he says. The city of Brownsville actually embedded a penny in the street to celebrate the movie’s 30th anniversary.

Vern finds a penny, now
Vern finds a penny, now – Stand by Me Location

Don’t be like me folks! I didn’t do my research before visiting Brownsville, and as a result, I missed some important landmarks, like the embedded penny! After my visit, I saw that the city has walking tour maps that you can download on the Brownsville website. Due to my mistake, I also missed Pioneer Park where the Pie Eating Contest was held and the location where Gordie and Chris say goodbye to Teddy at the end of their adventure! It was right behind me when I was taking the picture above.

Pioneer Park Brownsville, OR 97327 | Stand by Me Filming Location: Pie Eating Contest

Pie Eating Contest
Pie Eating Contest – Stand by Me Location

Park Ave, Brownsville, Oregon | Stand by Me Filming Location: Gordie and Chris say goodbye to Teddy

Gordie and Chris say goodbye to Teddy
Gordie and Chris say goodbye to Teddy – Stand by Me Location

Stand by Me Film Locations in Eugene, Oregon

I wasn’t able to find any information on the filming locations in Eugene, Oregon. Therefore, I skipped Eugene. They do exist though and stories have been told.

Stand by Me Film Locations in Veneta, Oregon

25850 Tidball Ln, Veneta, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Castle Rock Salvage

Castle Rock Salvage
Castle Rock Salvage – Stand by Me Location

I decided to skip the Castle Rock Salvage too because I was scared of running into Chopper. In addition, based on other pictures I saw online, it didn’t look the same to me. So we continued driving to Cottage Grove, Oregon.

Stand by Me Film Locations in Cottage Grove, Oregon

If you drive 45 minutes south from Brownsville, Oregon on I-5, you’ll find yourself in Cottage Grove, Oregon. Here you can see the first bridge the boys cross as they begin their journey, the location where Teddy dodges the train, and a few others.

33831 Jenkins Rd. Cottage Grove, OR | Stand by Me Filming Location: Bridge where the journey begins

Bridge where the journey begins
Stand by Me Location: Bridge where the journey begins

The bridge where Gordie, Chris, Teddy, and Vern start their journey is pretty easy to get to. A few websites have this location listed in many different places, but take my word for it, if you use my location above, it’ll lead you right to it. This address will lead you to a parking lot, park here. Get out of your car and walk up the path. You will see the path and the bridge from the parking lot. It’s not far. You can actually cross the bridge, which crosses a river.

Bridge where the journey begins, now
Bridge where the journey begins, now – Stand by Me Location

I snapped a few pictures of the bridge from afar to give you an idea of what it looks like. I convinced my loving wife (who allowed me to take this journey on Mother’s Day) and my daughter to memorialize this scene with me the best I could.

Reenactment at the bridge where the journey begins
Reenactment at the bridge where the journey begins – Stand by Me Filming Location

Once again (sigh), I did not do my research and, consequently, I missed some more locations! It turns out that there were a few scenes that were filmed in Cottage Grove and apparently you can get to them easily. There’s lot’s of train track out there so it’s no wonder. What am I supposed to do, think of everything? I brought the comb!

Stand by Me film locations in California

Yreka Western Railroad, Yreka, CA | Stand by Me Filming Location: Unknown

A few websites report that Yreka in Northern California is a filming location. I’m here to tell you that I am not sure. I asked a few locals and called the Yreka museum to ask, but they all said they didn’t know. We moved on because I had bigger fish to fry. I had a date with another Stand by Me Bridge.

McCloud, CA | Stand by Me Filming Locations: Stand by Me Water Tower

This is another one of those locations that I missed. Stand by me Water Tower is located in McCloud, CA. There is no address, just a location that doesn’t look too hard to get to. That being said, I do not know the condition of the water stop/water station. Yes, that is the true name of a water tower for trains and I’ve written them for the Foamers out there reading this and yelling at the screen “That’s not the proper name!” Click here for a map of the Stand by Me Water Tower location.

Stand by Me Water Tower - Stand be Me Filming Locations
Stand by Me Location: Water Tower

The video below was posted by the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce in regard to the Stand by Me Water Tower.

Eagle Mountain Ln, Burney, CA | Stand by Me train scene

Stand by Me Bridge
Train!

The end of our journey brought us to a most noteworthy location at Eagle Mountain Ln in Burney, CA, near Lake Britton. Who else’s heart was about to burst the first time you saw Gordie and Vern outrun the train!?

The trestle bridge is probably the hardest location to get to, therefore the most pleasing find. Quick warning: You do have to do some brief off roading to get to the bridge. I made it in my 2014 Honda CRV with trailer hitch attached, so it’s not too bad.

380 S. San Rafael Ave, Pasadena, CA | Stand by Me Filming Location: Gordie Lachance home as an Adult

Stand by me Filming Location: Gordie's house as an adult
Ariel view of Gordie’s house

I did not visit this location because this location is not even visible from the street. At the end of the movie, we see Richard Dryfus portraying Gordie Lachance as an Adult again. His kids are begging him to take them to a previously agreed upon location and he has just finished writing his story and that’s where the movie ends.

10 Famous Quotes from Stand by Me

I kept it family friendly and restricted myself to 10 Famous Quotes.

  1. “Boy, you don’t know nothing! Mighty Mouse is a cartoon. Superman’s a real guy. There’s no way a cartoon could beat up a real guy.” – Teddy Duchamp
  2. “And then, your mother goes around the corner and she licks it up.” – Gordie Lachance
  3. “You guys wanna go see a dead body?” – Vern Tessio
  4. “Skin it” – Chris Chambers
  5. “I know he didn’t mean to insult me. That’s why I’m going to give him the chance of taking it back” – Ace Merril
  6. “Boom-baba-boom-baba…” – Crowd at pie eating contest
  7. “Done!” – Lardass Hogan (David Hogan)
  8. “Now, Christopher. I know you didn’t mean to insult my friend.” – Eyeball
  9. “I never had any friends later on like the ones I had when I was twelve. Jesus, does anyone?” – The Writer
  10. “Chopper! Sic ’em, boy!” – Milo

Stand by Me movie cast:

  • Wil Wheaton – Gordie Lachance
  • River Phoenix – Chris Chambers
  • Corey Feldman – Teddy Duchamp
  • Jerry O’Connell – Vern Tessio
  • Kiefer Sutherland – Ace Merrill
  • Richard Dreyfus – Gordie Lachance

 

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Last updated: July 31st, 2017

8 Replies to “Stand by Me Filming Locations – California and Oregon”

    1. Hi Joseph,

      Do you mean this Water Tower?

      Stand by Me Water Tower

      Believe me, it was on my top locations to visit. I actually thought that this tower was located in Yreka, CA. I even took this picture, but the water station wasn’t even close.

      Yreka Water Station

      After I wrote this article, I ran into the video below that talks about the water station. In a way I’m happy I didn’t go see it, because if this video was 2011, I can only image what it looks like now.

      Thanks for stopping by to read my story and taking the time to comment.

  1. This brought back great memories! I was the stand in/photo double for Jerry ( “Vern”) so it was really fun to revisit the locations in my mind. Did you know Brownsville holds an annual Stand By Me day on July 23? Check it out sometime!

    1. Wow! That is soo cool. It’s really nice to meet you via the internet. I ran into this picture during my research.

      Stand by Me Film

      Photo Cred: Stand by Me Film on Tumbler.

      If you have any stories you’d like to share, please, please do so. You can do it right here in the comments or you can contact me via email john@johnregalado.com, I know I’d love to hear them and I’m positive anyone who loves this movie would too.

      Thanks so much for taking the time to read and taking the time to comment.

  2. This was very cool. Huge fan of the film too! I hope you can keep updating as you get more details. Would love to do this road trip!

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