John Wayne in "El Dorado" (1966) Paramount Pictures
  • John Wayne was born Marion Morrison in Winterset, Iowa.
  • He grew up in Southern California and became a movie extra and then an actor after losing his scholarship to USC in the 1920s.
  • Wayne bought 4,000 acres of farmland between Maricopa and Stanfield in the late 1950s.
  • He partnered with local cotton farmer Louis Johnson, who managed Wayne’s farm. The two soon merged their properties.
  • Wayne and Johnson moved into the cattle business in the 1960s, running a feedlot near Maricopa and a ranch near Springerville.
  • One of Wayne’s favorite watering holes when he visited their farm was Table Top Tavern in Stanfield.
  • Johnson’s wife Alice put Wayne on a weight-loss program for his movie roles.
  • At the peak of the Wayne and Johnson cattle partnership, they had 85,000 head.
  • Wayne died of cancer in 1979.
  • El Dorado Holdings CEO Mike Ingram campaigned to have a portion of State Route 347 (Maricopa Road) named John Wayne Parkway.
  • The Duke Golf Course draws its name from Wayne’s nickname. Some streets within Rancho El Dorado share names with Wayne movies (Sagebrush Trail, Rio Grande, Rio Lobo, Cahill and others).


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