From Mission St Xavier del Bac (covered in a previous post), we headed out to Old Tucson. Just minutes from Tucson, at the base of the Tucson mountains, this attraction has been the site of more than 400 western films and productions since it was built in 1939. If you’re a fan of old western movies or TV shows, chances are good that they were filmed here.
The entry fee of $19.95 USD per adult (seniors $ 17.95, children 4-11 $10.95) is a small price to pay for a day of great entertainment for young and old alike. Parking is free.
This old west town is more than just fake front facades – many of the buildings have full interiors to explore and enjoy.
The entertainment factor is alive and well on every street and inside many of the buildings with gunfights, can-can girls, stunt actors and comic productions that capture the old west.
There are many food establishments with everything from BBQ to Nostalgic Candy and everything in between.
The living history is enhanced by characters in the streets who are more than willing to stop and answer any questions. Fun photo ops abound!
I recently read that if you can’t visit Old Tucson Studios, if you’ve seen a John Wayne movie, you’ve already been there.
“I won’t be wronged, I won’t be insulted, and I won’t be laid a hand on. I don’t do these things to other people, and I require the same from them.”
– J.B Books in The Shootist 1976, directed by Don Siegel