Dexter: New Blood – Filming Locations
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The Caldwell Truck Stop & Diner

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. A truck stop, complete with a filling station and a diner, owned by Kurt Caldwell.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?Will

    A.  Two miles outside of the small town of Iron Lake, New York.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 1, of Season 9, "Cold Snap".

    In a very short scene, we see a big-rig truck pull into a gas station (with a diner visible in the background).

    We hear the driver give directions to Iron Lake, and then we see the shoes of a hitchhiker as he climbs down from the truck.

    The hitchhiker (who turns out later to be Harrison) closes the truck door behind him, and the truck slowly pulls away.

    That same truck stop turns up in the episode 4, "H is for Hero", when Dexter gasses up at the filling station and sees Kurt Caldwell inside the diner talking to a girl.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A real truck stop, just not in New York.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. In the real world, this is the Whately Diner and the  adjacent filling station, known as Whately Truck Refueling, which are both to be found at 372 State Road, in Whately, Massachusetts.

    The town of Whately, Massachusetts is a small town In Franklin County, about 80 miles east of Boston.

    It's located about 16 miles southeast of Shelburne Falls, the actual location of most of the scenes set in Iron Lake, and is about 46 miles west of Lake Wampanoag, te natural area where they filmed Dexter's cabin.

    The truck stop & diner are tucked between I-91 and US-5.

    A tall sign reads "Roady's",  but I also see the name "F.L. Roberts", and  It looks like Roady's it is a nationwide marketing network of sorts for truck stops, of which this FL Roberts station is an independent operator.

    Besides the filling station (with 5 diesel pumps) and the diner, the small complex also includes a compact convenience store, showers (inside the diner bathroom!), and an ATM.

    Here is a Google StreetView, looking southwest at the truck stop:

    The diner is just south of the gas station.
    That front center window is the same window through
     which Dexter watched Kurt Caldwell talked to a girl.

You can find the website of the Whately Diner here.

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A.  Even before they started filming, the production released a synopsis that mentioned Kurt Caldwell was the rich owner of a chain of truck stops. So, early on, I made up a list of large truck stops in middle and western Massachusetts,figuring they had to shoot at one of them. And the Whately truck stop was on the list. I had seen Google StreetViews of all of them, Including the Whately truckstop,so I recognized it when I saw it. And it was easy to double check with StreetView.

    In addition, the local Whately media carried stories that they were filming at the local diner, and even gave its name. So, in retrospect, I suppose I could've saved myself the trouble of making that list…but as they say: "Hindsight is always 20/20."

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