A restoration full of Grit


Home renovations in progress at film’s 50th anniversary

The two-story home that serves as the centerpiece of the ranch where the opening and closing scenes of “True Grit” were filmed has received a top-to-bottom renovation just in time for the 50th anniversary of the John Wayne classic. Texas oil executive Rod Lewis purchased the ranch for $3.125 million in 2014. Photo by Erin McIntyre
By Olivia Exstrum, Special to the Plaindealer Before it was the residence of spunky Mattie Ross and before John Wayne’s Rooster Cogburn jumped its fence on his horse, the sprawling ranch about three miles down Last Dollar Road was home to families for nearly 80 years. Now, the ranch, dilapidated after years of vacancy, is getting a facelift, just in time for the 50th anniversary of the iconic…

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