2023 marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of Paper Moon which was filmed in the area. Local filming locations include McCracken & the Rush County area, Wilson, Gorham, Hays and some areas in northern Ellis County.
Several area towns are planning events to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of Paper Moon. Rooks County has an event planned in Stockton on April 30th. Wilson is planning a Paper Moon Festival for May 5th & 6th & McCracken is planning a Paper Moon event for June 16th & 17th. In conjunction with McCracken, Hays is planning a few events the same weekend to add to the McCracken event.
The movie starred Ryan O'Neal & Tatum O'Neal. A television series was also released a year later in which Ellis was used for filming for several episodes but the series was canceled within it's first season. It starred Jodie Foster & Christopher Connelly.
The Model T truck that was used in the last part of the movie is on display at the auto museum in Hill City. McCracken has it's own museum which displays several items used in the filming of the movie at McCracken.
A up the hill while making several trips up & down the hill for photos.