Sunday, 15 March 2015

Cameras, Action!

Driving East from the Organ Pipe Cactus Monument we had to go through a couple of border control stops, one of them was a bit nosey, but otherwise, all was good.

We found the Tucson BLM campground just before town on Hwy 86, so we had lots of room around us at a great price. It is right near Tucson Mountain County Park and Old Tucson Studios and not far into town.

Old Tucson
On Sunday we decided to play tourists and see Old Tucson Studios. This is where a number of western movies were filmed with stars such as Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. It just happened to be reunion weekend where past employees came and dressed up for the occasion. They have a number of "shows" on the hour throughout the day and we watched a couple of them.

Old movie camera
In the saloon
The best was the stunt show, where they showed us how the stunt men fight. Because of the perspective of the camera lens being two dimensional, you don't really notice when they hit far and wide of the intended target. And those blanks? they shot a polystyrene coffee cup and it exploded into a thousand pieces - ouch! So we saw gun fights, murders, cowboys falling off buildings, bank robberies, whips, ate ice cream and went on a miniature train ride.

and then he fell...
Some of the buildings must have been rebuilt as they had a fire some years ago that wiped out half of the place. Little House on the Prairie (yes I confess, I did watch it) was also filmed here.

Some of the buildings were just facades
You don't want to get hit by one of those blanks!
this train doesn't take passengers anymore
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