Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Memories of Apache Land


I tend to stay away from long highway trips on a holiday weekend so instead I looked for something a little closer to home to explore.  I found an interesting reference to a "ghost town" on my Arizona Atlas and it was located just on the edge of Apache Junction, a city on the very eastern edge of the collections of cities that make up the Phoenix metropolitan area or The Valley of the Sun as it is commonly known.
So I headed in that direction and when I arrived in Apache Junction I found a museum I had never seen before.  They have gathered up the remnants of an old movie set/tourist site called Apache Land, a very popular movie location from 1959 to 2004.


There were displays like the above depicting a vintage western cabin and there was a wall of photos of many of the famous movie stars who made movies at the old location.  I enjoyed seeing those photos and reading some of the old newspaper coverage about the star's arrival in Arizona.  This place was an unexpected surprise.

On to the "ghost town" tomorrow.


10 comments:

llandudnopictures said...

What a fantastic place, a real jewel in the desert!

JM said...

What a pleasant surprise. That must be really cool and the church (and setting) is lovely.

Kate said...

A great find! A sweet looking little church, too. . .looks fairly new, not like the bottom picture. Anxious to see tomorrow's photos.

glenda said...

What a fun museum, especially for a movie buff.

Mersad said...

This looks wonderful Sharon!

Mersad
Mersad Donko Photography

PerthDailyPhoto said...

The Valley of the Sun..what a fantastic name! You did find a little gem here Sharon, sometimes we forget to look close to home! Must have been fascinating reading the old newspaper wall coverings.

RedPat said...

What a wonderful discovery, Sharon! Looking forward to more.

Jack said...

These are so interesting, Sharon. I like the simple, full frontal, American Gothic approach to the building, and the inside image gives us a beautiful insight into the environment in that cabin.

Randy said...

Great shots. Make me long for a road trip to Miami. I love antique shopping there.

Karl Demetz said...

Wow, is this a cute little Church!