BENSON, Ariz. — The Mescal Movie Set once made Benson one of the most recognizable western cinematic towns on the big screen.
The set was built in 1939 in Cochise County by Columbia Pictures for a movie called “Arizona.” Some 215 films followed, such as “Tombstone” and “The Quick and the Dead” in the early 1990s , and 28 television series also were shot on the location.
The last movie filmed at Mescal was in 2014 and the deteriorating set was saved from destruction by local ranchers.
Now, the new owners of the iconic set plan to rebuild it into an 1860-1920 era western frontier town that is compatible with a production company’s filming needs.
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