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Movie site in BB Ranch State Park

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Offline Ranger Tim

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #15 on: February 16, 2015, 11:06:46 AM »
There are two publicly accessible movie sets. One is Crow Town and the other is Contrabando. Both are in pretty deplorable condition so visit them at your own risk. They weren't exactly built to stand the test of time!
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Offline P-T Boundry Hiker

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #16 on: February 17, 2015, 10:32:03 AM »
The Streets of Laredo it is.  I watched the movie last night and there are actually quite a few scenes of this lesser known movie set of "Crow Town" in the movie.  The book is good and the movie wasn't too bad either.  I found myself looking at all the scenery in Big Bend sometimes rather than watching the actors.  Some impressive shots from more than just the movie sets.  Kind of a long movie though.


Offline Robert

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #17 on: February 17, 2015, 10:55:34 AM »
Kind of a long movie though.

That's because it was a mini-series, just like Lonesome Dove which was even longer (4 episodes vs. 3).


Offline Talusman

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Re: Movie site in BB Ranch State Park
« Reply #18 on: February 17, 2015, 02:48:34 PM »
Ranger Tim got my curiosity up about the two movie sets. The one I posted a picture of was "Contrabando" Following is the excerpt from Wikipedia.

The Contrabando is a ghost town within the Big Bend Ranch State Park, 9.5 miles (15.3 km) west of Lajitas, Texas on the Texas State Highway 170.[1]

The Contrabando consists of an original adobe building called 'La Casita' and several later additions that became part of the Contrabando during its use as a movie set.[2] The movie set was constructed in 1985 for the Roy Clark film Uphill all the Way.[3] The site has been used as a set for nine movies including John Sayles' 1996 movie Lone Star; as well as Dead Manís Walk and Streets of Laredo, which were part of the Lonesome Dove miniseries based upon the novel by Larry McMurtry.
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