The Caldwell Truck Stop & Diner
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
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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