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Movie site in BB Ranch State Park

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Offline P-T Boundry Hiker

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Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« on: February 11, 2015, 09:25:11 PM »
I went through most of the past post and have not seen info on something of interest to me.  I visited the park for the first time in 1997.  We drove down 170 along the river and somewhere we ran across a movie set that I now cannot seem to find.  It is NOT the Contrabando movie set as it was set north of 170 and not south like Contrabando is.  It had some really cool buildings as some of them were built into the rock.  One looked almost like a skull with two eyes and a nose.  I have attached a picture of the set (or at least I hope I have as I have never posted pictures to this site).  Does anyone remember such a set?  If so, do you remember the location and what movie it was built for? Do you know what happened to this site.  I have looked for the set the last two times in the park but have not been able to find.  I am assuming it has been torn down but would still like to visit the site to look at the rocks.  Thanks for any info you can share.

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #1 on: February 11, 2015, 09:30:13 PM »
What a refreshing post. Hopefully someone can answer your question.  Search me!

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2015, 08:00:29 AM »
There is a movie set on the South side of the river. It is not too far west and past the ranger station on 170. I visited it a couple of years ago. It was used in a few westerns. The rangers at the station can tell you which movies and give you more information. I am trying to attach a picture I took of it as we were walking in to the set. There is parking near the gate. It's not too hard to see. I cannot remember if there was a sign there when I visited.
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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2015, 11:00:28 AM »
No idea if it is still accessible or not.  There was a cement mixer - the actual mixer from a cement truck out there, no truck.  It was a "clue" as to where to turn - it was off the road a couple of hundred yards.  The GPS Coordinates should get you "close".   
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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2015, 11:02:08 AM »
A couple of more.  Looks like it was Dec 29th 2001 when I was last there.

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #5 on: February 12, 2015, 11:55:13 AM »
Excellent post Shane, I was able to zoom right to it in GE using those coordinates. So anyone know what was filmed there? When I first looked at P-T B' Hiker's photo, for some reason Planet of the Apes popped in my head but I know that it wasn't filmed there. Maybe it was Barbarosa?
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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #6 on: February 12, 2015, 12:16:16 PM »
Never worn bib overalls in my life and no way would I even piss on a movie set let alone some archeological wonder. 

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Offline Lance

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #7 on: February 12, 2015, 12:30:17 PM »
Now that we know where.. what movie was shot here?

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #8 on: February 12, 2015, 02:58:23 PM »
I used to know, but don't remember. I'll ask my brother the Trivia King. He was there with me that trip.
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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #9 on: February 12, 2015, 05:25:05 PM »

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Offline Hoodoo

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #10 on: February 12, 2015, 07:44:31 PM »
Now that we know where.. what movie was shot here?

I thought the movie set was "Crow Town" in Streets of Laredo where there was an ornery pig. I also recall a thread on here where RGibson was given the pig when he had the old Lajitas trading post after the filming was done.

Edit: Think I found the thread: Whats the name of this place??? but the original photos have been removed.
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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #11 on: February 12, 2015, 07:56:16 PM »
FartyMarty,
The guy in my photo was an old hiking buddy of mine who passed away a number of years ago.  He was wearing a large camera strap around his neck.

Thanks to everyone else for the info.  This has been a real mystery to me for a number of years.  I know it was some time ago and I have gotten older but I didn't think my mind was gone quite yet.  I was beginning to think the set was not visible from the road.  I don't remember how we stumbled on this but I would like to visit the area again.

I will find a copy of the Contrabando movie to see if the set is used in the movie.

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #12 on: February 12, 2015, 08:24:27 PM »
"Barbarosa", starring Willy Nelson and Gary Busey was filmed in the area in the early 80s.

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #13 on: February 15, 2015, 05:54:40 PM »
That is Crow Town. It is just east of the interpretive panel on 170 at Three Dyke Hill. It is in very poor condition and several of the buildings have completely collapsed. It was the setting of a few scenes in Streets of Laredo. I believe that Barbarosa was mostly filmed along Terlingua Creek in the vicinity of "248" and at Villa de la Mina at the top of Pepper's Hill.
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Offline Talusman

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #14 on: February 15, 2015, 11:20:44 PM »
Ranger Tim,

Looking at more of my pictures of the set we looked over, I do not see the same buildings that are in the other photos by P-T Boundary Hiker. My brother thought that it was "The Streets of Laredo" that were shot on the location we visited. Were there perhaps 2 old sets on the River Road somewhere?
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