Where was 1923 filmed? Guide to all the filming locations in Montana & Africa

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Instead of 1883 season two, creator and producer Taylor Sheridan decided to rebrand the Yellowstone prequel series, focused on the origins of the Dutton family and their iconic ranch, as 1923.

Like its predecessors, 1923 was primarily filmed in Montana, but also in California, South Africa, Tanzania, and Malta.

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren

Picking up 40 years after the events of 1883, the series explore the challenges that the Duttons had to face in the early years of the 20th century, navigating pandemics, a historic drought, the end of Prohibition, and the Great Depression era.

Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren play Jacob and Clara Dutton respectively. The show is narrated by Isabel May, who played the 1883 series character, Elsa.

Welcome to the best guide to all the filming locations of 1923. You’ll also find our spoiler-free article revealing all the locations where Yellowstone was filmed following this link.

The 1923 locations in Montana

1923 Montana
The production took over the streets of Uptown Butte, one of Montana's most historical cities, which doubled as Bozeman.

The local outlets reported that the boxing ring was set in a parking lot on the corner of Broadway and Hamilton Streets.
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Where is 1923 filmed
A vaporizer store was transformed into the fictional Silver Dollar soda shop, the saloon surrounded by prohibitionists that appears in the first episode.

According to one of our readers, the interior was filmed at the Silver Dollar Saloon at 133 South Main Street, also in Butte.
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Butte Sheriff's Department
Bozeman Sheriff's Office is the actual Butte Sheriff's Department at 225 North Alaska Street.

The multi-purpose facility Butte Civic Center served as the series' studio.
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Butte-Silver Bow Water Utility
Featuring a neoclassical facade, the building of Butte-Silver Bow Water Utility at 124 West Granite Street appears as Bozeman's town hall.
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Carpenters Union Hall Butte
However, the city hall's interior was filmed on the beautifully restored KMBF radio station's second floor at 156 W Granite Street.

Completed in 1906, this iconic building is Butte's former Carpenters' Union Hall.
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Whitehall Montana
Some of the scenes taking place in Montana's wide open landscapes were filmed on a 160-acre parcel located at the base of the Highland Mountain range, just in front of the Tobacco Root Mountains outside Whitehall.

Boasting gorgeous 360-degree mountain views, this property is on the old Butte and Helena wagon trail.
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Yellowstone Dutton Ranch
In the Yellowstone series, the fictional Dutton Ranch was filmed at the historic Chief Joseph Ranch, built between 1914 and 1917 in Darby, Montana.

In 1923, we can see the evolution of the buildings at an early stage of development, with some images created via CGI.
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1923 boarding school
The scenes at the Catholic boarding school for American Indians were recorded at Pony Public School, built in 1902.
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1923 drehorte
The sheds of the Indian boarding school were filmed on the grounds of the Anaconda Rifle and Pistol Club.
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Donald Whitfield mansion
Episode four, "War and the Turquoise Tide", introduces Timothy Dalton (the actor who played James Bond a couple of times in the 80s) as the powerful and ruthless businessman Donald Whitfield.

Whitfield's house is the Daly Mansion located near Hamilton, a large 19th-century Victorian manor boasting 24,000-square-foot.

This house also appeared as the Governor's mansion in the Yellowstone series season five finale, aired just a week before this 1923 episode.
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Ghost of Zebrina
The spot where Teonna hides from the wolf in the fifth episode, "Ghost of Zebrina", was filmed at Rock City near Valier.

This hidden area in Pondera County features mushroom-shaped hoodoo rock formations and fossil and petrified wood remains.
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Nothing Left to Lose
The courthouse in the season finale, "Nothing Left to Lose", is Butte City Judge Office at 155 West Granite Street.

The First Bank of Montana office was filmed at the Thornton Block, a former five-story hotel opened in 1901 at 65 East Broadway Street, also in Butte.

However, the interior was shot at the Morris State Bank in Pony.
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The 1923 locations in Africa

1923 Africa
The scenes in Africa with Spencer Dutton and Alexandra (played by Brandon Sklenar and Julia Schlaepfer) were filmed between Tanzania and South Africa.

The train station in Nairobi, Kenya, was filmed at the Umgeni Steam Railway (also known as Inchanga Choo Choo), a steam locomotive preservation society in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa.
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1923 series house
The magnificent Kearsney Manor, which is located about 50 miles northeast of Durban on the KwaZulu Natal North Coast in South Africa, doubled as the Stanley Hotel.

Built in the late 1800s, this old English colonial estate is today a popular wedding venue.
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Serengeti National Park
A few scenes and establishing shots in the African Savanna were recorded at the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania.
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Harbor in Mombasa
The harbor in Mombasa, Kenya, was filmed at the small fishing village of Kalk Bay on the coast of False Bay near Cape Town.
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Sicily 1923
In the seventh episode, "The Rule of Five Hundred", Spencer and Alex arrive in Sicily. These scenes were actually filmed in Malta.

The building at the top in the background, CGI'd into the scene, is the Palazzo della Gran Guardia (Gran Guardia Palace) in Verona, Italy.
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The spot where they dine, with views to La Valletta, is Fort Manoel in Gżira, a defensive fortress built in the 18th century by the Order of Saint John.
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Majestic ship
In the last episode, Spencer and Alexandra board the Majestic (added via CGI) at the Old Fishmarket building, situated at the entrance of the Grand Harbor in Valletta, Malta.

The scene where Spencer is removed from the ship was also shot in Malta.
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The Majestic 1923
The Majestic is the RMS Queen Mary at Long Beach, an original British ocean liner that sailed the North Atlantic Ocean from 1936 to 1967.

When it was retired from service, the City of Long Beach bought this stunning ship with Art Deco interiors to serve as a tourist destination featuring a hotel, restaurants, and a museum.
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1- Anonymous - Jan 17, 2023, 3:10 PM
Where were the scenes of the Turquoise Tide filmed?

2- Anonymous - Feb 11, 2023, 12:48 PM
The filming location where Hank finds Teona is incorrect. It is Rock City in Valier, Montana.

3- Anonymous - Feb 22, 2023, 2:51 PM
Where was the speakeasy in episode 3 filmed?

4- Anonymous - Feb 28, 2023, 2:29 AM
Where was Spencer when he was removed from The Majestic?

   5- Ra Moon - Feb 28, 2023, 6:12 PM
   Also in Malta.

6- Anonymous - Mar 1, 2023, 9:14 AM
Thanks for those filming locations ^^ although you made a mistake, Spencer and Alex arrive in Sicily, aka Malta, in episode seven, not six.

7- Crogs - Mar 2, 2023, 7:37 PM
The interior of the fictional Silver Dollar Soda shop was actually filmed in the real Silver Dollar Bar, several blocks away in Butte.

The exterior of the bank is the Thornton building in Butte and the interior was the Bank in Pony.

The school is also in Pony, MT. The ship was the Queen Mary in Long Beach.

8- Anonymous - Jun 8, 2023, 4:29 AM
Some of the filming also took place on private game reserves in KZN, South Africa. Our company provided equipment for the shoots.


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