Winter in the Desert - 2013 travel blog











This entire area looks like it belongs in a Western movie. It's no surprise - many westerns were filmed here over the years. Very little remains from the days of cowboys and indians. So many filmmakers came here, it became apparent that it would make sense to built a Western town and use it as a location shoot, saving individual film crews much effort and money. This was the genesis of Old Tucson. Built in 1939 for the movie Arizona, it has been used for filming movies and television westerns since then, such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Little House on the Prairie. More than 300 movies and television productions have been made here since 1939.

These days the western is not as popular as it was when we were children, but the town is still being put to good use. Opened to the public in 1960, historical tours are offered about the movies filmed there, along with live cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts. For young families it is an opportunity to indulge in some major pretending. Gun fights, stunt demonstrations and bar brawls take place regularly courtesy of the cast on site. For us, this was an opportunity to take some nice photographs evoking the days when John Wayne and the token female star walked these dusty streets.

We read in the local paper that a movie is being made here once again this month. Some of those dusty streets may be closed down for a while, but the opportunity to watch a movie being made from afar would be great fun.

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