True Detective (Season 2)

Our article on Season 1 of the TV series “True Detective” remains one of the biggest location searches we’ve ever done, through the small towns of Southern Louisiana.  For the second season of the show, writer Nic Pizzolatto shifts the setting to Southern California in the fictional city of Vinci, loosely based on the city of Vernon, which had a corruption scandal not unlike what is depicted in the show.

The locations are just as plentiful as the first season, spanning from Santa Paula to Santa Ana, from Mt. Baldy to Beverly Hills and everything in between. The show presents a more gritty look into Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. Visiting the locations is a deep dive into Southern California and one that should only be done if you’re a fan of the show, as it won’t take you to any tourist destinations. Sometimes you’ll even find yourself in somewhat unsafe neighborhoods.

The following article contains numerous spoilers for the show, so we recommend only reading if you’ve seen the complete second season.  As is often the case with TV shows, many of these locations appear in multiple episodes, so we’ll cover each location by where they first appear.

Episode One – “The Western Book of the Dead”

The season begins with Detective Ray Velcoro, played by Colin Farrell, dropping his son off at school.

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LOCATION: 2125 Lincoln Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

The Black Rose bar, where Ray frequently meets Frank Semyon, played by Vince Vaughn, over the course of the series is located in Vernon.  It is mostly seen from interior views in the show, but the building is not actually a bar.  It is a private building closed to the public and it is unclear if the interiors were actually filmed here or elsewhere.  The exterior is seen a few times in the show as well, however.  Frank gives Ray info on who assaulted his ex-wife, leading Ray to seek revenge on the assailant.

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LOCATION: 2465 E 53rd St, Vernon, CA 90058

The establishing shots of the fictional city of Vinci were shot around Vernon.

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LOCATION: Seen from the parking lot behind 3666 S Soto St, Vernon, CA 90058

The casino where Frank works could be found in Gardena.  The actual casino has since closed down.

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LOCATION: 1045 Rosecrans Ave, Gardena, CA 90247

Detective Ani Bezzerides, played by Rachel McAdams, runs an eviction raid on this home, which is located in Santa Paula, about 60 miles northwest of Los Angeles.

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LOCATION: 593 Orcutt Rd, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Ray’s house can be found in Vernon. It is located right next to City Hall, also seen in the show.

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LOCATION: 4322 Furlong Pl, Vernon, CA 90058

Bezzerides follows a lead on a woman to the Panticapaeum Institute, a spiritual retreat run by her father.  These scenes were filmed at Wayfarers Chapel in Ranchos Palos Verdes.  The same location was featured in the 1980s comedy “Innerspace.”

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LOCATION: 5755 Palos Verdes Dr S, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275

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Here are the stairs from which the detectives approach.

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The chapel is a very scenic place to visit, offering views overlooking the ocean.

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The California Highway Patrol Station where Highway Patrol officer Paul Woodrugh, played by Taylor Kitsch, works could be found in Hawthorne. It was a real police building, also featured in the TV series “True Blood” and the film “Zodiac.” The building has since been demolished. It formerly stood at 4440 W 126th St, Hawthorne, CA 90250.

Ray parks outside of this apartment building, where he plans to attack the man he believes raped his ex-wife Gena.

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LOCATION: 15464 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

The apartment where he stages the attack is located across the street.

LOCATION: 15445 Moorpark St, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Ray visits this house at night, where a boy who has been bullying his son lives.  Ray beats the boy’s father in front of him at the front door, as a warning to stop bullying.

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LOCATION: 19825 Needles St, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Bezzerides gets escorted out of a casino when she receives a call about a new case.

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LOCATION: 6580 Auto Center Dr, Ventura, CA 93003

Woodrugh discovers the body of Ben Caspere sitting on a picnic table at Point Magu Rock, overlooking the ocean.  Detectives Ray Velcoro and Ani Bezzerides are called to the scene, where the three officers meet and the stage is set for the case.  There are no picnic tables at the actual location, but it is a popular scenic overlook.

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LOCATION: Point Magu Rock, 799 Pacific Coast Hwy, NAS Point Mugu, CA 93042

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Episode Two – “Night Finds You”

Ray visits the city of Vinci, where he sees kids playing in the toxic water draining into this river channel. In the same area, he meets with Frank. The drainage hole was a visual effect added by the show.

LOCATION: Near 2715 E Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Woodrugh visits his mother at this trailer park.

LOCATION: 4456 Naval Air Rd, Oxnard, CA 93033

A brief transition shot is shown of these train tracks in Vinci.

LOCATION: Near 2552 E Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ray visits this shopping plaza to see his son, but is instead greeted by his ex-wife Gena. Angry over Ray’s violent assault on the bully’s father, Gena tells him she will be petitioning for sole custody. The scene was filmed at the Northridge Mall. It’s a large place, so we’ve provided GPS coordinates below to the specific parking lot.

LOCATION: 9301 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324 (GPS coordinates: 34.240655, -118.556896)

After some men attack a man on the street, Frank pretends to be a bystander, before threatening the man himself. This scene was filmed near the same freeway overpass seen in the films “Heat” and “Scarface.”

LOCATION: Near 749 Venice Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Ray and Bezzerides visit the clinic of Ben Caspere’s doctor. These scenes were filmed at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. The property regularly hosts weddings and special events. It is otherwise a private estate, only allowing guests by appointment. The only road leading to the ranch is typically gated shut with no trespassing signs. The property has also appeared in Oliver Stone’s “Savages,” “Jobs” starring Ashton Kutcher and in the TV series “Too Old To Die Young.”

LOCATION: 2940 Kuehner Dr, Simi Valley, CA 93063

Frank visits the mayor at the Vinci City Hall. The opposite side of the building is where Ray’s house can be found.

LOCATION: 4305 S Santa Fe Ave, Vernon, CA 90058

Episode Three – “Maybe Tomorrow”

Bezzerides and Woodrugh visit the house of the mayor of Vinci, which can be found in Beverly Hills.

LOCATION: 1091 Laurel Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210

Ray and Bezzerides follow up on a lead when their car is set on fire under this freeway overpass.

LOCATION: 11502 S Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90061

Episode Four – “Down Will Come”

Woodrugh is unexpectedly confronted by the press in front of this hotel.

LOCATION: 7023 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028

Frank pays a visit to this apartment, where he informs the owner he is now 40% partner of the property. The apartment complex is seen from the interior courtyard in the show. The apartment next door was also featured in the film “Collateral.”

LOCATION: 1029 S Union Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90015

Woodrugh’s girlfriend informs him she’s pregnant at this restaurant.

LOCATION: 2601 S Soto St, Vernon, CA 90058

Woodrugh locates a stolen watch at this pawn shop.

LOCATION: 5901 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

After Bezzerides find out she has a sexual misconduct complaint filed against her, she has an argument with her partner outside the police department. The same location was featured in the film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” This building has since been demolished. It formerly stood at 333 N Prairie Ave, Inglewood, CA 90301.

The pawn shop lead brings the detectives to a suspect. While the cops are watching the area ahead of their raid, workers file into this building.

LOCATION: 615 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Protesters gather in front of this building.

LOCATION: 560 S Mission Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90033

Bezzerides and her team approach past this building to begin the raid.

LOCATION: 607 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

A shootout ensues from this building, with a large explosion on the top floor.

LOCATION: 621 S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Ray and Woodrugh make it through the gunfire over to this door at foot of the building.

They then cross these stairs in front in pursuit of the suspects in a vehicle.

The suspect vehicle then crashes into a bus at this intersection, where another shootout ensues.

LOCATION: Jesse St / S Anderson St, Los Angeles, CA 90023

Episode Five – “Other Lives”

Burdened by financial issues, Frank is forced to move into a more modest home.

LOCATION: 1400 N Spaulding Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90046

Bezzerides meets the woman she ran a raid on in the first episode at this hotel. While speaking to her, she obtains information on a private party.

LOCATION: 401 S Westlake Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90057

Ray follows a group of prostitutes to a nondescript building. He parks in front of this building.

LOCATION: 1951 Staunton Ave, Vernon, CA 90058

He sees the prostitutes enter into this building.

LOCATION: 2001 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90058 (seen from E 20th St)

Frank has a business meeting, where a man offers him a deal to own some land again, if Frank can locate a hard drive owned by Ben Caspere. The location is next to Union Station and the establishing shot shows Union Station, then pans slightly toward the building to the right, where the meeting takes place.

LOCATION: 800 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012, panning towards 700 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Ray meets his ex-wife Gena at this scenic area overlooking Dodger Stadium and Downtown Los Angeles. His wife informs him her rapist was captured and it wasn’t the man Ray believed it was, therefore the information Ray had was incorrect. This area is the Elysian Park Helipad. There is parking nearby and a path that leads up directly to this area. It is not a difficult walk to reach it. This area is located close to where a dream sequence in “Terminator 2: Judgement Day” was shot.

LOCATION: Elysian Park Helipad, Solano Canyon Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (GPS coordinates: 34.082766, -118.236997)

Bezzerides and Woodrugh follow a lead in the Caspere case to a lodge in the woods. Known as the Harwood Lodge, it can be fount in Mt. Baldy, about 50 miles away from Los Angeles. There is a dirt road that leads up to the lodge, which is sometimes best reached by walking, depending on weather conditions.

LOCATION: 6700 Mt Baldy Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

Bezzerides notices birds circling in the air in the woods nearby, leading them to the discovery of another crime scene.

Episode Six – “Church in Ruins”

Frank and his crew arrive at this home in search of a prostitute. Instead, he finds out the home belongs to the Mexicans criminals seen previously in the show, when Frank refused to form a partnership with them. Frank now renegotiates.

LOCATION: 1521 Colton St, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (seen from Lake Shore Terrace)

After the Mexicans put Frank in touch with the woman he’s been searching for, he arranges to meet her at this location, only to discover her dead body there. The Mexicans have killed her as retribution against Frank for not accepting their initial terms.

LOCATION: 2901 Fruitland Ave, Vernon, CA 90058 (seen from E 50th St)

Episode Seven – “Black Maps and Motel Rooms”

After Ray and Woodrugh rescue Bezzerides from a party in which she was drugged and attacked, the three stay at this motel in Mt. Baldy, located not far from the cabin seen in episode six.

LOCATION: 6867 Mt Baldy Rd, Mt Baldy, CA 91759

Woodrugh searches police records at the LAPD building in Downtown Los Angeles.

LOCATION: 100 W 1st St, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Woodrugh goes to meet a man who is blackmailing him at the Hall of Records. It turns out to be a set-up.

LOCATION: 320 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (seen from N Hill St)

Woodrugh is shot at the steps of old Los Angeles Police Department in Downtown Los Angeles, which has since been demolished. The same building was featured in the film “Inherent Vice.”

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LOCATION: 150 N Los Angeles St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 (now demolished)

Episode Eight – “Omega Station”

Frank sends his wife Jordan, played by Kelly Reilly, away at the Santa Ana Regional Transportation Center. The same location was featured in such films as “Rain Man” and “Memoirs of an Invisible Man.”

LOCATION: 1000 E Santa Ana Blvd, Santa Ana, CA 92701

Jordon refuses to leave until Frank finally persuades her.

Ray and Bezzerides enter this home and discover a lot of evidence about the case, as well as the fact that Laura and Leonard Osterman were behind the attack on Caspere.

LOCATION: 1000 El Mirador Ave, Long Beach, CA 90815

Bezzerides sends Laura Osterman away on a bus at this station. The real location is not a bus station at all, rather a boarding terminal for cruise ships in San Pedro.

LOCATION: 100 Swinford St, San Pedro, CA 90731

Frank makes his way to the Anaheim Regional Transportation Intermodal Center to meet the corrupt cops under the agreed plan of exchanging incriminating evidence in his possession.

LOCATION: 2626 E Katella Ave, Anaheim, CA 92806

Ray makes his way to the upper level inside the building.

Leonard Osterman then attacks one of the men and a shootout begins.

Ray parks at this intersection to see his son one last time, only to discover a tracking device on his vehicle. The intersection really is located next to the school, seen in the first episode.

LOCATION: Lincoln Ave / Apple Ave, Torrance, CA 90501

The Mexican criminals kidnap Frank at this intersection.

LOCATION: E 16th St / Hooper Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

They proceed onto the freeway here.

LOCATION: E 17th St / Naomi Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90021

Bezzerides escapes to what is supposedly Venezuela. In reality, the scenes were shot in Downtown Los Angeles, with a lot of set decoration and some visual effects to fill the city backdrop.

LOCATION: E 11th St / Wall St, Los Angeles, CA 90015

There remain dozens more locations we did not document from the second season. Some are minor, others are major, but not easily visible for photography. Los Angeles is a constantly changing city and just a few short years later, several locations already no longer exist. We’ve tried to document as any as we could here. If you do plan to visit the season 2 filming locations, it requires a lot of time and distance, so do your research and allow yourself many days to navigate it all.

Related articles: True Detective (Season 1)

Deadwood

The David Milch TV series “Deadwood,” despite garnering critical acclaim and a loyal fan base, prematurely ended after three seasons back in 2006.  Since then, various attempts to tie the story up have been made, with many doubts it would ever happen.  In 2019, however, it finally did and the show was given the opportunity to reach a satisfying conclusion with “Deadwood: The Movie.”  Please note if you’ve not watched the film, this article contains spoilers.

While set in the town of Deadwood, South Dakota, both the original TV series, as well as the movie, were primarily shot in Newhall, California at Melody Ranch.  Another renowned HBO series, “Westworld,” shot at the same ranch, where it served as the town of Sweetwater.  The production designers did a great job of giving each show a much different look from one another.

Melody Ranch is private property, inaccessible to the general public most of the time.  However, the ranch does in fact offer tours (something of a rarity for movie ranches), with the caveat being that no tours occur whenever active production is taking place on the ranch.  The challenge is the fact that production is almost always taking place there.  So opportunities for the general public to see it are rare and not something you can plan much in advance.  You simply need good timing or a lot of persistence.  In years past, the ranch also hosted the Santa Clarita Cowboy Festival, which also allowed the public inside, but due to the heavy demand of productions over recent years, the festival has relocated elsewhere.

Given that the “Deadwood” show and movie are tied together as one narrative, this article is intended to cover both, but once it was clear the original show would not return after the third season, many of the sets were remodeled, dismantled or shifted around, as often happens on studio lots.  When filming for the movie finally got up and running in 2018, much of the sets had to be recreated.  Since the story in the film picks up 10 years later, as South Dakota is entering into statehood, many of the sets also had to be updated to reflect the passage of time.  The photographs in this article showcase the movie’s sets.

Much like the original show, most of these sets have since been repurposed or dismantled after filming completed, in order to make way for new productions coming in.  Here we offer a glimpse into that brief moment in time where Deadwood stood in full glory once again.

LOCATION: 24715 Oakcreek Ave, Newhall, CA 91321

The most famous location is of course the Gem Saloon, owned by Al Swearengen (Ian McShane), who would often stand on the balcony overlooking the activities of the town.

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The Grand Central Hotel is where the villainous Senator George Hearst, played by Gerald McRaney, takes residence.  He too often stood out on the balcony, engaging in verbal jousts with the residents of Deadwood.

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Seth Bullock, played by Timothy Olyphant, lives in this house at the end of the main street of Deadwood.  This location had long been demolished since the original show, with the original blueprints lost.  The production designer had to study the original show footage in detail in order to rebuild the set for the film.

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Here is a look inside Seth’s house, where he is seen walking down these stairs.

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Here are the train tracks and station platform where visitors arrive.

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After running a hardware store with Seth, Sol Star, played by John Hawkes now lives with Trixie at the Bullock & Star Hotel.  In the film, as Hearst rides through the streets in a parade, Trixie stands on the hotel balcony and berates him.

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The Bella Union, owned by Cy Tolliver (Powers Boothe) in the series, is now owned by Joanie Stubbs (Kim Dickens) in the film.  The same building was famously used as the brothel in Westworld where Thandie Newton’s character works.  It’s also seen in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood” when Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt’s characters are interviewed on a western set.

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Here is the interior of the Bella Union, which viewers of “Westworld” should immediately recognize as the The Mariposa Saloon, where Maeve works.  It also appeared in the film “Django Unchained.”

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Here is a view of the upstairs.

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This is the bar where Wild Bill Hickok, played by Keith Carrodine, is killed in the show.

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In the film, Calamity Jane, played by Robin Weigert, returns to the bar to pay her respects.

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The outside of the jail of Marshall Seth Bullock.

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The interior of the jail.

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This is the area where Seth tracks down Charlie’s killers and has a brief standoff with them.

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Mr. Wu is relieved when his son escapes unharmed.

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We leave you with a view down the main street of Deadwood, where the sets stood tall one last time.

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True Detective (Season 1)

The challenge in capturing the filming locations for a TV series such as “True Detective” is that the list become so voluminous, the pursuit can become staggering.  We did our best to capture as many of the most well-known spots as we could, but it remains an ongoing progress.  This only covers the first season.  We’ve split the locations up by episode as well, but some of course appear over numerous episodes.

Season one, starring Matthew McConaughey as Rust Cohle and Woody Harrelson as Marty Hart, is set against the green, empty landscapes and the industrial detritus of the Southern Louisiana bayou.  The story immerses us in the lives of two detectives over a span of seventeen years, as they try to solve a murder investigation.

The series shot all over Southern Louisiana, mostly in the small towns surrounding New Orleans.  Many of the locations chosen are impressive, as some are so far off the beaten path, they’re certainly not your run of the mill places for a big budget production to film.  Some spots are actually quite a challenge to access and others aren’t the safest of places.  We’ll attempt to break it all down.

Episode One – “The Long Bright Dark”

The detectives are introduced to the case in 1995, when they discover the body of Dora Lang under a tree.  The tree in question is found at the Oak Alley Plantation.  Many productions have shot there, including “Interview With The Vampire,” “Primary Colors” and more.  While the plantation is open to tours, this tree is not included on their tours.  Most plantations in Louisiana run several miles deep, full of sugarcane or other crops.  This tree is located back in the farming area of the property.  You can in fact drive on a bit of the plantation’s dirt roads, but you’ll not likely access the tree from the main entrance of Oak Alley along LA-18, as the roads to most of the crops are usually gated off.  The tree is much closer to LA-3127 on the back side of the plantation.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 29°58’16.71″N, 90°46’9.32″W.  The front end of the plantation is at 3645 LA-18, Vacherie, LA 70090, but the tree is located deep in the property, near the intersection of LA-3127 and Oak Alley Dr (the latter being an unmarked dirt road).

Marty and Rust work at the Criminal Investigative Unit, which can be found in New Orleans.  This building is actually tucked back a bit from the road, past a couple other parking lots, so you may not immediately spot it upon first approach.

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LOCATION: 155 Brookhollow Esplanade, New Orleans, LA 70123

Later in the series, Marty and Rust get into altercation in the parking lot out front.

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Episode Two – “Seeing Things”

In the second episode, the detectives discover a second body at a burned out church.  That church was a set constructed by the production, but the location it was built at can still be visited.  Locating it is not the easiest of tasks, however.  It can be found near the Bonnet Carre Spillway in LaPlace.  From CC Rd, you must take a slight left up an unmarked embankment, just before you reach the railroad tracks.  If you pass the tracks, you’ve gone too far.  If you follow the dirt road a short distance to the GPS coordinates listed below, you’ll arrive at the correct spot.  While it is not private property, depending on the weather conditions, you might not want attempt it.  The dirt roads flood very easily and depending on the time of year, the place can be swarming with insects as well.

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LOCATION: GPS coordinates: 30° 1’8.83″N, 90°26’19.35″W, down an unmarked dirt road, just off of CC Rd, LaPlace, LA 70068

Episode Three – “The Locked Room”

Marty lives at this house in the town of Marrero.  The home is seen several times in the series, such as when Rust comes and mows Marty’s lawn, much to his anger.

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LOCATION: 2541 Fawnwood Rd, Marrero, LA 70072

Rust visits the Light of the Way Christian Academy where (*spoilers*) he unknowingly speaks to the killer, Errol Childress, who is mowing the lawn.  Marty calls Rust away none the wiser as they follow a lead on Reggie LeDoux.  The building itself is the Old Kenner High School in Kenner, which was subject to a fire by arson in 2018.  This is what’s left of the building in the wake of the fire, the remnants of which, in all likelihood, will eventually be demolished.

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LOCATION: 1601 Reverend Richard Wilson Dr, Kenner, LA 70062

Episode Four – “Who Goes There”

Rust meets Marty’s wife Maggie, played by Michelle Monaghan, at this diner and donut shop, where he informs her that Marty wants to see the kids while they are separated.

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LOCATION: 7271 Jefferson Hwy, Harahan, LA 70123

Things take a darker turn when Rust goes undercover as “Crash” to reconnect with a biker gang known as the Iron Crusaders, in an attempt to find Reggie LeDoux.   Rust heads to this biker bar, where he meets up with Ginger, a member of the gang.  Marty arrives soon after looking for Rust, but he is quickly kicked out by the bikers.  The building can be slightly tricky to find, as it sits behind a truck stop.

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LOCATION: 65583 Pump Slough Rd, Pearl River, LA 70452

A view of the back of the property, where Rust makes a deal to help Ginger with a robbery, in exchange for a drug connection.  Marty spots them boarding a boat just before he’s thrown out.

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One of the most memorable sequences of the series is the six minute long, single take of Cohle and the Iron Crusaders robbing a drug house.  Recreating the shot is no easy task.  While set in Beaumont, Texas, the scene was actually filmed in Woodland Acres, a low-income housing unit located in Westwego, Louisiana.  While nowhere near as extreme as what’s depicted on the show, it is nevertheless a tough neighborhood where tourism is certainly not common.  There are only a few streets and all of them loop back together, meaning there is one way in and one way out (bad spot for a robbery, as the characters in the show quickly discover).  Many of the residents like to sit outside and, due to the very self-contained layout, you will undoubtedly attract attention if you visit.  Walking around photographing their properties, the reaction can be unpredictable.  Sound judgment should be used as to how much you choose to impose.  Another challenge is simply figuring out where all the shots take place.  Even with plenty of research and preparation, it still takes a bit of time to figure out your bearings once you’re there.  Other than one or two minor shots, which we voluntarily refrained from as not to be too disruptive to the tenants, we were more or less able to capture what we wanted unimpeded.  However, prospective visitors should be aware your experiences may differ from ours, so use caution.

The Iron Crusaders pose as police officers with a shotgun held on one of the drug dealers, as they force their way into this drug house.

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LOCATION: 212 Jackson St, Westwego, LA 70094

As the robbery proceeds, an angry crowd gathers outside and their control of the situation unravels after one of the robbers opens fire.  Bullets flying, Cohle, no longer concerned with his cover, immediately turns on the Crusaders and takes Ginger hostage, as he still needs the information on LeDoux.  Cohle and Ginger spill out the back door of the same apartment.

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The camera pans up to see a police helicopter arriving above.  Rust kicks in the back door of this adjacent unit with Ginger in tow, as he makes a call to Marty to pick them up at a nearby street.

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LOCATION: 205 Lake St, Westwego, LA 70094

They make their way out the front door of the same building when Cohle is struck in the back with a baseball bat by one of the gang members.  He fights off the assailants and pistol whips them in this front yard.

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Rust and Ginger hide behind a bush as gang members and cops both head down Alaska Street to the scene of the robbery.

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LOCATION: Alaska St, next to 202 Lake St, Westwego, LA 70094

Rust and Ginger run over to this unit, where they hide right behind the divider wall, as armed gang members spill out from the unit right behind them, looking to defend their turf.

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LOCATION: 710 Texas St, Westwego, LA 70094

They then hurry over to this fence on the same property and climb it.

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They cross through the grassy area on the right, where Marty picks them up to narrowly escape the chaotic scene.

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LOCATION: Emile Ave, Westwego, LA 70094, GPS coordinates: 29°54’29.23″N, 90° 9’4.49″W

Episode Five – “The Secret Fate of All Life”

Rust takes Ginger to Sportsman’s bar, where Ginger reluctantly introduces him to Dewall LeDoux, Reggie’s cousin and cook partner.  In reality, this is a composite of two locations.  The exterior is actually a sporting goods and bait shop, while the interior is the Spillway Bar (15641 US-61, Norco, LA 70079), located just a short distance away.

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LOCATION: 15611 US-61, Norco, LA 70079

The compound of Reggie LeDoux, where more violence occurs and LeDoux gives his “time is a flat circle” speech, was in fact a set built by the production.  The set was built off of Florissant Hwy in the town of St Bernard.

Episode Six – “Haunted Houses”

Marty stops for a drink at what was formerly Fox & Hound.  There he meets Beth by chance, a former teenage prostitute who he once helped out, and the two have a conversation over drinks.  The building has since been remodeled a bit and is currently a discount shop.  It can be found in the Elmwood Shopping Center in New Orleans.

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LOCATION: 1200 S Clearview Pkwy, New Orleans, LA 70123

Marty and Beth meet up for more drinks, before heading back to Beth’s place.  In the show, the bar is depicted as “The Keg,” but it’s actually the Rickshaw Lounge in Harahan.

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LOCATION: 378A Hickory Ave, Harahan, LA 70123

Episode Seven – “After You’ve Gone”

Rust follows a lead and meets a transvestite prostitute at the Dragon’s Den in New Orleans, located not far from the famous French Quarter.

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LOCATION: 435 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116

Rust breaks into the home of Billy Lee Tuttle, where he obtains incriminating photos and videos.

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LOCATION: 4717 St Charles Ave, New Orleans, LA 70115

Seventeen years after the murder of Dora Lang, Hart and Cohle resume their investigation at Marty’s private investigation business, Hart Investigative Solutions.

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LOCATION: 5703 Read Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70127

In 2012, an older, alcoholic Cohle now works as a bartender at this bar, known as Fisherman’s Wharf.

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LOCATION: 4381 Bayou Gauche Rd, Des Allemands, LA 70030

Rust lives in this small house, which is located directly behind the Fisherman’s Wharf bar location.

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LOCATION: 4381 Bayou Gauche Rd, Des Allemands, LA 70030 (behind the Fisherman’s Wharf building)

Gilbough and Papania, the two detectives interviewing Rust and Marty throughout the series, encounter the killer, Errol Childress and much like Cohle, are unaware of his true identity.  Errol is mowing the Fleming Cemetery in Jean Lafitte.  It is located very close to the filming location for Errol’s house.

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LOCATION: Fleming Cemetery, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067 (GPS coordinates: 29°44’39.12″N, 90° 8’4.91″ W)

Episode Eight – “Form And Void”

In the final episode, Errol is seen on a ladder painting a school where children are playing.  The building can be found at the Buddy Lawson Playground in the town of Kenner.

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LOCATION: 1800 Short St, Kenner, LA 70062

Another view of the building.

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As the series reaches it’s climax, Marty and Rust finally make it to the home of the killer, Errol Childress.  The house has been renovated a bit from how it appeared in the show, with a staircase notably being added.  Otherwise, it appears more or less the same.  This portion of the house is unfortunately not visible from the road and sits on private property.

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LOCATION: 2258 Jean Lafitte Blvd, Jean Lafitte, LA 70067

Errol flees into the tunnels of Carcosa, which is actually the ruins of Fort Macomb State Historic Site in New Orleans.  Unlike the layout depicted in the show, the ruins are quite a distance away from Errol’s house.  Built in 1822 by the United States, the fort was intended to defend the port of New Orleans from potential invading forces.  The fort was decommissioned in 1871.  Since then, there have been some attempts to open it up for public tourism, but due to the condition of the ruins, it has unfortunately been deemed unsafe for tourism at this time.  Today, the area is surrounded by barbed wire fencing and is not open to the public.  In spite of that, people seem to regularly manage their way onto the grounds, as it has been well documented by urban explorers and locals.  The ruins have appeared in a few other productions as well, including “NCIS: New Orleans” and Beyonce’s music video “Lemonade.”

You can actually see the perimeter of the ruins along the water on public property, but not the inner tunnels seen in the show.  A tip for anyone considering visiting this general area, since the grounds are not currently maintained, they can become overgrown and the presence of insects is significant, especially in the summer months.  Winter is a bit more suitable.

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LOCATION: Fort Macomb State Historic Site, New Orleans, LA 70129 (GPS coordinates: 30° 3’53.30″N, 89°48’15.16″W)

In the final scenes, Marty visits Rust at the “Lafayette General Hospital.”  This is actually the St. Bernard Parish Hospital in Chalmette, located nowhere near Lafayette.  The pair discuss light versus dark and each offers their perspective on which is winning.

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LOCATION: 8000 W Judge Perez Dr, Chalmette, LA 70043

For as many places from the show as we captured, there remain just as many we didn’t. Visiting these spots can be both enjoyable and very challenging.  Some places, we recommend only for the most avid of fans.  Other spots, we suggest plenty of research and preparation before visiting.  It is a unique way to explore the Southern Louisiana bayou and you can take the odyssey as far as you want to go with it.  For us, it served as one of the most extensive location searches we’ve ever done.

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