Tucson, AZ Part 1, NOV 9, 2017

On Thursday November 9th we drove from Benson to Tucson, settling in at Justin’s Diamond J RV Park in the Sonoran Desert.  It was easy to tell we were in Tucson when we saw the tall saguaros and heard the coyotes howling at night.  We were last in Tucson in December, 2013.  You can read about that visit here: Tucson, Tucson Mountain Park and Tucson Desert Museum.

20171111_104058With temperatures averaging 10 to 14 degrees above average, on Saturday we spent a very hot day at Old Tucson.  In 1939 Columbia Pictures began building a replica of the 1860 Tucson city as a setting for the movie “Arizona” starring Jean Arthur and William Holden.  Over 350,000 handmade adobe bricks were used to build the dusty town. 20171111_104235IMG_20171111_125840IMG_20171111_111033

Old Tucson has been used for 400 films and commercial productions.  Some example movies:  

  • “Gunfight at the OK Corral”
  • “Cimmaron”
  • “McLintock”
  • “El. Dorado”
  • “Joe Kidd”


and many episodes of TV shows: 

  • “Wagon Train”
  • “Little House on the Prairie”
  • “Bonanza”
  • “The High Chaparral”
  • “Death Valley Days”
  • “ Gunsmoke” to name just a few.  20171111_104654

In the museum they had the shirt and hat worn by Hoss in “Bonanza” as well as some of the clothes worn on “Little House on the Prairie”.20171111_10510920171111_104512

It was easy to spend an entire day there riding the little train around the park, viewing live western shows, riding a stagecoach, touring an old mine and seeing reenactments of western scenes. IMG_20171111_111423IMG_20171111_122330IMG_20171111_152705 20171111_12352920171111_124432IMG_20171111_133506IMG_20171111_133552IMG_20171111_111229IMG_20171111_152249

Next up: more Tucson

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