The Ransom Run – The Cross at Mt. Davidson

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“You know Mt Davidson Park?”

“Yeah”

“Go to the Cross.”

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In 2016, the number 36 Teresita Muni bus stops right outside the Lansdale entrance to the park (corner of Myra Way and Dalewood).

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36 Teresita Muni bus stops right outside the Lansdale entrance

36 Teresita Muni bus stops right outside the Lansdale entrance

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At 00:52:52 Harry enters Mt Davidson Park and tells Chico “I’m at the entrance to the park on Lansdale Street.”

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"I'm at the entrance to the Park, on Lansdale Street"

“I’m at the entrance to the Park, on Lansdale Street”

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Look to the left of Harry in the above frame and you can see the trail in the clearing between the trees that leads up into the park.

In 2009, the trail is still there, as is the Lansdale entrance. The real entrance is at the intersection of Lansdale Avenue (not “street”) and Dalewood Way, where Lansdale, Dalewood, Myra and Sherwood intersect. Chico’s car drives up Dalewood at 00:52:36.

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2009 trail from Lansdale Avenue

2009 trail from Lansdale Avenue

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Walking along the track there are some great views of San Francisco and the Bay area.

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San Francisco and the Bay area

2009 San Francisco and the Bay area from Mt. Davidson

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After breaking Alice’s heart, Harry comes out of the clearing and jogs up to the Cross at 00:54:20.

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The Cross

00:54:20 Harry arrives at the Cross

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In 2009, the trees clear and you will find the Cross just as it is in the movie.

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2009 - the Cross on Mt Davidson

2009 – the Cross on Mt Davidson

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This location appears virtually unchanged, except for a small commemorative stone at the base of the Cross. You can walk right up to the base like Harry, and stand where Harry and Scorpio fight. Of all the locations, this is probably as close as it gets to feeling like walking into the movie.

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Scorpio:   “…Now turn, face the Cross, come on, put your nose right up against the cement…”

"...put your nose right up against the cement..."

“…put your nose right up against the cement…”

2009 "...put your nose right up against the cement..."

2009 “…put your nose right up against the cement…”

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16 Responses to The Ransom Run – The Cross at Mt. Davidson

  1. watcat says:

    Hi this blog is great I will be recommending it to friends.

  2. joe brown says:

    enjoyable to see the changes, and where it all took place.

    Appreciated

    Joe Brown

  3. Savannah says:

    Awesome blog!

    I thought about starting my own blog too but I’m just too lazy so, I guess I’ll just have to keep checking yours out LOL

  4. PaidOnline says:

    yea nice Work 😀

  5. LT Arnold says:

    Generally I do not post on blogs, but I would like to say that this post really forced me to do so, Excellent post!

  6. latrice says:

    Pretty kewl post i say. I just landed here by doing some random search on google, but it ended up being useful. Thanks

  7. Dennis says:

    Thanks for a fascinating site. I was at Mt. Davidson Park in June of ’09, and also took some photos you have shown here. Also have shots of Kezar Stadium, and Washington Square Park. I love how some of the areas are almost unchanged from when the film was done so many years ago.

  8. Jaakko says:

    Great Job!!!
    Thank You!!!

    It`s such a thrill to check out these things from my opinion,The Greatest crime-movie of all-time.

    Thanks again 🙂

  9. Leipua1 says:

    Wow! Thanx a million! i was JUST having a conversation w/some guys at Border’s(Hawaii) about my “Hometown/Frisko” and i wasn’t sure if MT Davidson Cross was STILL standing after all the drama in the 80’s something to do w/protest…or whatever… Either way, i see it STILL standing!!! Last time i saw it up close was in the late 90’s when i showed the kids before moving to Central Valley… Boy! i MISS the city! There’s NO PLACE like home!

  10. Dave says:

    Fantastic – I’ve loved this film for as long as I can remember and it has particular resonance for me as it came out the year I was born.

    Being able to compare & contrast the locations then & now is fascinating – thanks for such a great site which I’ve already recommended to ther fans of the movie. 🙂

  11. David Corbin says:

    I saw Dirty Harry with my older brother & some of his friends when I was 10 (Ticket girl was a classmate of theirs)in ’72 Intense for a kid my age. The whole movie house cheered when Harry finally blew Scorpio away at the quarry. Thanks for all the updated images of a truly unforgettable movie. The social message is still as strong today in how we should deal with sociopaths. Thanks for your hard work & obvious dedication.

  12. Kevin says:

    We also have a cross on a hill in my hometown of Ventura. It represents the original cross put up by Father Juniper Serra when he founded Mission San Buenaventura in 1782 (the official founding of our city). This gives me somewhat of a connection with this part of the film. We also had problems with people misinterpreting the meaning of “separation of church and state” , resulting in the cross and the land it is on being sold to a private enterprise much like S.F.

  13. Michael Barker says:

    Massive

    fan of Mr Clint Eastwood.
    One time opportunity to vist the US in 2009 august.
    Drove nearly 2000 miles in jeep jk 2 door with long time friend last day before catching flight home from san fransisco airport drove to the cross. what a thrill from parking the jeep to walking to the cross and taking pictures of the cross and the San Francisco vista finished a memorable visit.

  14. Rolly Doucet says:

    As much as I enjoy films, the chance to see the actual filming locations has always interested me.

  15. Tommy F says:

    Just back from San Francisco and visited The Cross on Mt Davidson Park….Harry Callahan was from Krypton if he ran up that road leading to The Cross just a bit out of breath and no more from Aquatic Park. Lol San Francisco inhabitants must have had a laugh given the real distance between the locations….great site. Keep up the great work.

    • Dave Gaunt says:

      Yeah… I visited too on a misty June day (all the way from UK). Must admit didn’t expect it to be in such a remote location! And yes the hike up to it is steep! Great to see it in the flesh tho!

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