Doesn’t this place look like it belongs in an old cowboy movie? That’s because it does! It’s an abandoned movie set known as “Contrabando” located right along the Rio Grande in Big Bend State Park, Texas.
(By the way, sorry for the lack of large size images lately. I have terrible internet and it is almost impossible to upload my blog posts and small images let alone large images.)
The set is probably best known for the 1996 movie “Lone Star,” a border town murder-mystery, and “Streets of Larado” in 1995. It was built in 1985 for the comedy “Uphill All The Way” and was also appeared in many other movies including “Rio Diablo,” “Dead Man’s Walk,” and “Journeyman.”
This is the cantina where there was a shoot out in “Uphill All The Way.”
The church is nearest the river and you can see how flooding has marred the facade.
I really enjoyed photographing this fake ghost town, but the place where we stayed on the west side of Big Bend National Park is a real ghost town and I’ll show you some images from there tomorrow.
In the aging beagle saga…
Well Oscar is still coughing after a month and 3 vet visits. The last vet seemed to know what he was talking about and actually made him stop coughing for a whole 24 hours and gave me some cough suppressant for him for the time being. Now I have to take him to Phoenix today to get a very expensive ultrasound to find out what is really going on with his heart. It is so hard to know when they get this old whether getting tests and things is too much. But I can’t watch him cough himself to death. I want him to be comfortable at least. I know he is old (15.5) but I promised him I would take care of him for his whole life. Poor old guy.