“Movie set western town”
This place is on private property. Listing for informational purposes only. Please do not visit without express permission from the land owner. Located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the J.W. Eaves Movie Ranch was opened in the early 1960s with their first production being the CBS television series Empire in 1962. Over 250 other productions have filmed here over the years including The Cheyenne Social Club, Chisum, Easy Rider and Young Guns II. In 1998, a tornado touched down one mile from the film crew of Wishbone's Dog Days of the West as they were shooting the western scenes. It dissipated as it headed toward the set. Set is CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC but is only guarded by a chain. "Nearly 30 years ago J. W. Eaves built a Western town were you can climb the plank steps to the boardwalk flanking the saloon, bank and mercantiles of the old west period. Making your way down the old pine walkway and peeping into a storefront, you get unreal sense that this town is real in the sense of lived in, peopled with sooty blacksmiths and cautious bankers, nosy shopkeepers and worldly bartenders. The occasional glimpse of a false front brings visitors back to reality—it is really just a movie set."
I went without knowing it was closed to the public. The gate was open and people were going in and out. So I went in and was chased out and threatened by a worker.
When we went there was a chain across the entrance and a big sign that said "CLOSED SET". We couldn't find a number to call or any other info so we wasted half the day driving out there.
Very cool place, easy access. Didn't see any security to stop us. The set is gorgeous!
My wife and I have just completed Route 66 (insofar as it exists) on a Harley with an Eaglerider group on a tight schedule and had the great pleasure of visiting this place after an overnight stay in Santa Fe.
Tommy, caretaker and resident (and lovely black dog - Jesse James(how about that!) with his squirrel toy - with a crippled front paw) was a wonderful host (looked like he had walked straight out of ZZ Top) - so interesting and a real cool and very nice guy.
I spent too much time talking to Tommy about music (which he had a background in) and missed out myself in our all-too-short stop in seeing the inside of the buildings, which my wife did/photographed.
If you get the chance you must see this place.
Tommy, if you ever make it across the pond to Liverpool, England, you must be our guest and we'll show you around the places we talked about.
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