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.
“Behind the Bar” was featured in:
AMERICAN SOUTHWEST/July, 2009
POSTED: NO TRESPASSING/August, 2009
WEEKLY THEME CHALLENGES/July, 2011
Top 10 in AROUND THE WORLD’s “Bottles Around the World” Challenge/December, 2009
THE MESCAL SERIES
“Behind the Bar”
“Cochise Stronghold From A Distance”