‘Yellowstone’ Prequel ‘1883’ Starring Sam Elliott, Tim McGraw Filming at Fort Worth Stockyards, Locals Speak Out

by Thad Mitchell

Filming for “Yellowstone” prequel “1883” is underway as the show’s creators have chosen Fort Worth, Texas, as the filming location.

“Yellowstone” fans are still buzzing about the incredible casting news regarding the spinoff. The casting of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill in lead roles came as a big shock to fans. The country music power couple will be playing James and Margaret Dutton in “1883,” the first of the Duttons to settle in Montana. While the country couple was a surprise casting, veteran actor Sam Elliott was not. In fact, some “Yellowstone” fans have been clamoring to get Elliott on the show since the first season. As if that were not enough star power, it was also recently revealed that Hollywood legend Billy Bob Thornton will join the cast.

With the incredible talent joining the “Yellowstone” spinoff, it’s no wonder people are trying to get a sneak peek. While filming in Fort Worth stockyards it isn’t uncommon to see spectators flood the area in hopes of catching a glimpse. Local Texans have done exactly that and say they are excited the show choose Forth Worth as its filming location.

“I think they picked a great place to film some of their scenes,” “Yellowstone” fan Donna Johnson says. “I think it would be great for the economy.”

Johnson admits to being a little star-struck while viewing what little of the filming onlookers can see.

“I took three or four pictures,” she says. “I think it’s really cool.”

‘Yellowstone’ Prequel Filming Drawing Lots of Attention

In a recent interview with local news outlet WFAA, Visit Fort Worth COO Mitch Whitten says the economic impact for Fort Worth cannot be understated. Filming for the “Yellowstone” prequel has brought forth visitors into the area, which in return provides a nice economic boost for the city. It is a win-win situation for the involved parties.

“We like to talk about economic impact, but there really is something about movie magic,” Whitten says. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback that our film-friendly locations make a big difference. Five years ago, we didn’t have a film commission and we said we want to invite people here to make movies, to make commercials, to bring their TV shows.”

Tourism has certainly spiked in Fort Worth as evidenced by the number of people making a trip just to see the “1883′ set and stars.

While filming for “1883” is still ongoing, season four of “Yellowstone” is ready to roll and fans can’t wait. the modern western drama will return later this year on November 7.

But, if you’re jonesing for a “Yellowstone” fix — maybe a trip down to Fort Worth, Texas would be worth your while.