Several years ago, while traveling through Arizona, we took a trip to the Gammons Gulch movie set and museum, which is located about an hour east of Tucson.
It’s in the middle of nowhere, which makes it a good location for Old West movies. Gammons Gulch is about 13 miles north of Benson out along what used to be a stagecoach route.
Our host was Jay Gammons, owner, curator, construction foreman and tour guide. He and his wife have been building this place for years and collecting items for much longer than that.
Gammons’ Gulch is billed as an authentic and haunting ghost town. It has been used as a set for several movies and music videos. Visiting the site is like taking a step back in time to the 1800s.
Here we are in front of the first building. Jay is the fellow with the hat. Inside is this gorgeous bar imported from England in the 18 somethings.
Below is a fully operational blacksmith shop used occasionally on weekends.
This saloon is the newest building in the town and was built specifically for a movie set. We spent several hours in there drinking sarsaparilla and listening to Jay tell about his history in movies as an extra, including some John Wayne movies when he was an 11-year-old boy.
What Old West town didn’t have a general store filled with turn of the century things?
Back then, many businesses offered multiple services. Apparently, at Gammons Gulch, the undertaker was also the furniture maker.
There is little crime in Gammons Gulch, and the prominently displayed gallows is evidence as to why that may be the case. This church has been the scene of several weddings and, when movie producers need a school house, the cross is simply removed.
Visiting Gammons Gulch was quite a fun day trip. Generally, the facility is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. September through May. Because filming may be underway, it’s not open to the public every day, so it’s best to call ahead to ensure that a tour is scheduled. The number is 520.212.2831.
From June through August, the site is open by reservation only.
The price for admission is $7 per person, but the site does not accept credit cards.
There is a picnic area available on site should families want to spend the day. Avoid open-toed footwear and bring plenty of bottled water and sunscreen.
To watch a video of the site from the air, click here.
For more information, visit www.gammonsgulch.com