Old Tucson.

Old Tucson - Wild West Town Movie Set

Field review by the editors.

Tucson, Arizona

"Spend a day in the Old West." Old Tucson was built as a film set in 1939 to resemble an adobe town from 1860, specifically for the film "Arizona." Depression-era workers made 350,000 mud blocks and 50 building in 40 days. The desert air preserved the fake town, making it a useful location for more movies and then TV shows. Old Tucson grew and then opened as a tourist attraction in 1960 (Its supposed 100th birthday). Even a massive fire on April 24, 1995, failed to kill the town, which was quickly rebuilt.

Today, Old Tucson has pretty much everything you'd want in a fake Wild West town that's still a working film set: gunfights, can-can girls, trail rides, "living history" actors, an Olde Timey dress-up photo studio, a saloon, an Indian village, a haunted mine, a miniature train ride into the desert hijacked by robbers, and a tour of Old Tucson locations that were in movies and TV shows. Visitors are asked not to bring any pets or weapons with live ammunition.

Old Tucson - Wild West Town Movie Set

Old Tucson Studios

201 S. Kinney Rd, Tucson, AZ
Old Tucson Studios. West of the city. I-10 exit for W. Speedway Blvd, which turns into W. Gates Pass Rd. Head west about nine miles. Jct of Gates Pass Rd and S. Kinney Rd.
Open Oct.-May, closed June-Sep. (Call to verify)
Adults $20. With dinner show $55.
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