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The setting at Mescal resembles a late 1800’s town complete with a dusty main street lined with one and two-story buildings. Cattle are frequently the inhabitants, along with rolling tumbleweeds coming to a stop against a leaning hitching post. Wind flutters curtains through windows. And off in the distance, rolling hills lead to lofty mountain heights that play with the imagination…

Located just 45 minutes from the parent home of Old Tucson Studios, the Mescal film set offers an old western town atmosphere atop a gentle hill surrounded by natural tall grasses and native cacti. This location has been featured in over 50 film, television and commercial productions including: Monte Walsh (1968 with Lee Marvin), Dirty Dingus Magee (1970 with Frank Sinatra), The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (1972 with Paul Newman), Tombstone (1993 with Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer), The Quick and the Dead (1994 with Sharon Stone and Gene Hackman) and Buffalo Soldiers (1997 with Danny Glover).

Unlike Old Tucson Studios, Mescal is a movie set. You won’t find fake gunfights or simulated hangings here, just a tour guide who will related the site’s history. It is in pretty bad shape so it’s unlikely that many more movies will be made there. It is located near Benson, Arizona. Photographed with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ 28.

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“Cochise Stronghold From A Distance” was featured in:
DILAPIDATED BUILDINGS/July, 2009
THE WILD WEST SHOW/July, 2009
OUT OF THE PAST/July, 2009
GRUNGE PHOTOGRAPHY/December, 2009
Tied for first place in THE WILD WEST SHOW’S
“Buildings of the West” challenge/August, 2011


THE MESCAL SERIES
“Cochise Stronghold From A Distance”

“What’s Upstairs?”

“Behind the Bar”

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abandoned, arizona, ghost, ghost town, grunge, locale, movie, movie set, tucson, united states, us

I am a 60+ retiree who loves photography. I am active in the Green Valley (AZ) Camera Club where I teach several classes. Joining this organization has taken my photography to new levels. I consider my cameras and my computers to be my creative media.

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Comments

  • Emily Bagley
    Emily Bagleyabout 5 years ago

    I really like this, Linda. Is this that effect you were telling me about?

  • Thanks, Emily. This is the grunge effect. I demonstrated it at the Thursday workshop yesterday and it got rave reviews. I’ll write up the instructions.

    – Linda Gregory

  • EsmeraldaSaysNo
    EsmeraldaSaysNoabout 5 years ago

    This is wonderful!

  • Thank you so much, Catherine.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Anji Johnston
    Anji Johnstonabout 5 years ago

    Oh! I love this!

  • Thank you, Anji. This photograph was pretty blah until I put the grunge effect to it.

    – Linda Gregory

  • imagegrabber
    imagegrabberabout 5 years ago

    lovely treatment of the image

  • Thank you so much.

    – Linda Gregory

  • midzing
    midzingabout 5 years ago

    fantastic image,,, love the treatment,,, well done

  • Thank you very much.

    – Linda Gregory

  • John Weakly
    John Weaklyabout 5 years ago

    This is really cool Linda. I like what you have added artistically to the picture.

  • Thank you, John. I’ve been playing around with grunge layers on some of my photos. I had some nice pictures from the Mescal field trip, but they just didn’t grab me. I tried the effect on these and it really improved the photos—lent more emotion, I thought. Best thing is that I figured this all out on my own without someone else’s tutorial. Got rave reviews in the Thursday workshop.

    – Linda Gregory

  • John Weakly
    John Weaklyabout 5 years ago

    Great idea Linda. Learn all you can so you can teach me when I get there.

  • When I write up the instructions, I’ll e-mail them to you.

    – Linda Gregory

  • RicAlexander
    RicAlexanderabout 5 years ago

    I was wondering if it looked familiar before reading your notes. Good image.

  • Thank you, Ric. It’s much better with the grunge treatment than without it.

    – Linda Gregory

  • bigg
    biggabout 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much, George.

    – Linda Gregory

  • Linda Sparks
    Linda Sparksabout 5 years ago

    Whoo Hoo. That worked.

  • Thanks, Linda.

    – Linda Gregory

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