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Old Tucson Movie Studios

On Thursday, January 5, 2006, after spending the night at a Holiday Inn Express in Tucson, we visited the studios. We all had a great time here! These studios have been the location for over 350 major motion pictures, well-known TV series such as Gunsmoke and Little House on the Prarie, and uncounted ads. To access the Studio's web site, click here Andrew stands in from the of Grand Palace Hotel & Saloon Doing a skit, "Law in a Lawless Land", for the tourists complete with gun fights! "Watch as an Arizona Territorial Ranger and his friend Jeb Rinehart take on a lawless desperado." To view a movie clip from this skit (3+ Megabytes), click here Help! Help! I'm innocent! Too many sasparillas! Ugly barkeep and hairy waitress! Ken reading about the set for High Chapperal. Our tour guide introducing the Misson set with Golden Gate Peak in the background. Actors in front of the Mission set. Kayla disposes of her kid brother, Ken poses, while our tour guide knows when to get those hands up! Ok, ok, so it's only Hollywood, Maria! They made me do it! I was hired as a stand-in stunt man! Of course we had to ride the old cars. Here Kayla rounds the corner. Outside the Iron Door Mine Adventure (fun house) Kayla in the stage coach. Andrew stands in front of the famous locomotive, "Reno", built in 1872. The 32-ton locomotive was the first American-type 4-4-0 locomotive built, and endures as one of only two in existence. Throughout its working days, the Reno hauled more than $400 million in gold and silver; the Comstock lode. The locomotive also carried several American icons including President Ulysses S. Grant, President Theodore Roosevelt, Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, and circus legend P.T. Barnum. Throughout its continuing career, the Reno appeared in more than 100 movies. Memorable roles included appearances in Rawhide, Posse, How the West Was Won, Twilight Zone: The Series, Joe Kidd, and The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean. It had the feature roll in Cecil B. DeMille's 1939 epic film, "Union Pacific". Andrew at the Reno's coal car. Kayla handles the controls of the Reno. Maybe a future engineer? The "Three Sisters" peaks on left and the "Golden Gate Peak" on right are the tell-tale mountains which indicate that any given movie was filmed at the Old Tucson Studios! Panning for gold is very addictive. Later, Ken and the kids went to other activities while I panned for another half hour! Yes, I do have some real gold to show for it! The coyotes seem to know when it is closing time (4:00 pm) and stand around the parking lot looking for handouts! Return to previous page