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- Benson, Arizona - Original Old Tucson Movie Set
The original Old Tucson movie set is still standing, with the old fort from the 1940s movie Fort Apache plus an entire Wild West town including the saloon used in over 75 old cowboy movies. It is still used occasionally, and if it is they will close the access road for a day or two. There is no electric power or facilities on site, and no water -- so bring something to drink. It's real fun because there is a watchman and his wife who live in a motor home on the site. He has been in numerous movies filmed there. He has worked with John Wayne and others and can answer any question you might have.[Steven Dobbel, 03/07/2014]
- 1538 N. Mescal Rd, Benson, AZ
- I-10 exit 297. Turn north onto Mescal Rd. Drive three miles. Turn left where pavement ends. Drive about a half-mile on the dirt road and you can see the whole set.
- Varies; call ahead (Call to verify)
- Adults $10
- Valentine, Texas - Prada Store
I just drove by the Prada Store and it looked freshly painted, no graffiti, and windows were intact. I had to take a second look wondering what this little store is doing out here in the middle of nowhere. Interesting photo op.[Wayne, 03/07/2014]
New Orleans, Louisiana - Voodoo-Enhanced New Orleans Cemetery
Tried to visit Odd Fellow Rest in March 2014 (about mid-morning on a Thursday) and found both gates locked. Looked interesting from the outside. You see a bunch of cemeteries walking up to the corner of canal and city park, but you can't see Odd Fellows right because it's behind a huge wall. Keep walking!
We did find the poor folk cemetery though. It's called Holt Cemetery. Find it by going through the community college parking lot! It's a pretty home-made affair with people using 2x4's, bricks, tar paper, spray paint stencils and even old traffic signs to fashion graves. They are still actually burying ppl here!! It was kind of creepy and super decrepit.[Kat, 03/07/2014]
- 5055 Canal St., New Orleans, LA
- Odd Fellow's Rest is a small cemetery on the southeast corner of Canal St. and City Park Ave., surrounded by a ten-foot-high wall. Entrance gates are at the corner and on Canal St.
- Daytime only.
Ellensburg, Washington - Statue of Washoe the Chimpanzee
Washoe lived in Ellensburg with four other chimpanzees. She and the other chimps learned sign language to communicate with humans and with each other. Washoe was the first chimp to teach sign language to another chimp. She passed away in 2007. In this sculpture, she is signing the word "friend."[Lisa Fu, 03/05/2014]
- 111 E. 5th Ave., Ellensburg, WA
- Downtown. In a tiny park just west of the Liberty Theatre. On the north side of E. 5th Ave. between Pearl and Pine Sts.
Santa Ana, California - Mr. Little
Western Exterminator's Mr. Little and Mouse statues on a trailer, parked in front of the company's office.[David Kamada, 03/04/2014]
Travel advisory: the characters sit on a trailer configured for mobile marketing, so no guarantee you'll always find it at this spot. There's a more permanent version in Burlingame, CA.
Western Exterminator Co.
- 2201 Ritchey St., Santa Ana, CA
- Western Exterminator Co. Hwy 55/Costa Mesa Fwy exit 9. Drive west on Edinger Ave. for about a half-mile. Turn left at the stoplight onto Ritchey St. Drive south about a mile. As the street bends to the right, you'll see Mr. Little on the left. Note: Statues are on a trailer, so they may get moved around.