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Contrabando Movie Set
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One particular part of Big Bend Ranch State Park in Texas might look familiar, even if you've never been here before. Hollywood has come to the northern bank of the Rio Grande several times, using the colorful landscape as the perfect backdrop for a tiny Wild West town.
The Contrabando Movie Set is what remains, from the production of movies like Streets of Laredo, Uphill All The Way, Rio Diablo, Gambler V: Playing For Keeps, Dead Man's Walk and Journeyman. At first glance, you'd swear that this is a real ghost town, but once you walk inside any of the buildings, it's obvious that these are only facades.
This movie set along the river was built in 1931 for the movie "Contrabando", and it's obvious why this location was so appealing to movie producers ever since. The jagged peaks and red rocks make for a beautiful village, even if it is all fake.
May 13th, 2014
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