Dexter Filming Locations: Nebraska Motel

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The location: The Nebraska Motel

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

    A. The Shady Lane Motel.

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

    A. In Kearney, Nebraska.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 7, of Season 6, "Nebraska".

    Dexter stops at this motel during his trip to Nebraska (to hunt down Jonah Mitchell).

    The motel borders on a corn field, where Dexter discovers that marijuana is being grown.

    The motel owner (Norm) behind the desk - who is responsible for the pot in the corn field - is the nosy kind, and seems suspicious of Dexter from the start.

    He agrees to fix a flat tire for Dexter, and eventually discovers Dexter's killing tools.

    He tries to blackmail Dexter into paying $10,000. When he pulls a gun, Dexter kills him with a pitchfork (American Gothic pun and all), and disposes of his body in a nearby silo full of grain.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

    A. A wooden home (or some such structure), known as "the bunk house",

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. The bunk house is located at 5809 E. La Falda Way (just south of Camino del Rio), in Piru, CA.

    That's up in the Newhall area, about 8 miles west of Six Flags Magic Mountain.

    This is the first time that Dexter has ever filmed anything in Piru.  (Although "True Blood" used both a church there and a café.)

    The only time that they ventured this far north before was the first season, when they shot the scene of Dexter's forgotten family home.
      And that was far east of this spot.  (Ironically, that scene also involved his evil brother Brian.)

    But finding places in L.A. that can pass for Nebraska is no easy task.

So, while they were in the Newhall area, they also filmed at a corn field, on country roads, and at a market.

But not all of the Nebraska locations were near Newhall, though.  Both the hardware store and the Mitchell family home were far away from that part of the world.

    Here are two photos of the bunk house, courtesy of

    The photo above shows the east side of the house

    While the photo below shows the porch on the longer, north side.

    Here is an aerial photo of the house.  And here is a map link.

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

    A.  In previous seasons, I've usually had to hunt down the locations after viewing the episodes, using clues from the various scenes.  By the 6th season, though, I'd developed a small group of fans, spies & tipsters who kept an eye out for Dexter filming in their neighborhoods, and would let me know in advance when something was about to film there.

    Between those reports, my own personal reconnaissance around town, and a few new resources I discovered, by the time the first episode aired, I already knew most (but not all) of the filming locations, and only needed to watch the episodes and match up the scenes with the correct locations.

    This group of helpful fans includes Kerry, Rick, Ellen, Susan, Jason, Elaine, Joel, Julie, Geoff, Jeff, Jen, and others. My thanks to all of them.

    Rick gave me this one, thank God.  This was so far off the beaten track for Dexter that it would have been a huge pain to try to track down, especially since there's no StreetView in that area.  I confirmed it by finding the photos you see above on a website about Newhall filming opportunities.  Which saved me a long drive to Piru.  (Thanks, Rick!)

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