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    Default Apacheland Western Town - Rebirth

    Apacheland was originally built as a theme park 1960 by Walt Disney designer Nat Winecoff who also designed Disneyland in what is now known as Gold Canyon, Arizona at the base of the Superstition Mountains. When the funding for the theme park fell through, investors turned the the main part of the park, which was the western town, into a movie studio set. Sad to say, John Wayne never filmed a movie at Apacheland. It was strictly for "B" Westerns and TV Westerns but many other actors before they became big stars got their start at Apacheland Studio such as, Steve McQueen, Jack Nickelson and Richard Boone. Big stars such as Jason Robards, Stella Stevens, and Elvis also filmed at Apacheland.

    Right now we are in the process of rebuilding the entire town as it looked when first constructed in 1960. It will be located on a 10 acre section of the old 1,800 acre movie set and should be ready for the public by end of year 2006. We will have an Apacheland Museum displaying the complete history of the western town to seperate the truth from the fables. Enjoy!
    Last edited by Apacheland Studio; 04-06-2006 at 10:51 PM.
    Philip Rauso, Jr.
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    www.ApachelandMuseum.org

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    Didn't they film the Borax 20 Mule team shows at ApacheLand?
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    Default Borax Twenty Mule Team - Death Valley Days

    Yes, they sure did. As a matter of fact from 1964-1965 Ronald reagan filmed at Apacheland as host for Death Valley Days with the Borax Twenty Mule Team as the main advertiser. Ronald Reagan became involved with politics while campaigning with Barry Goldwater while filming Death Valley Days at Apacheland and left in the 1966 season to start his political career and go on to become Gov. of California.

    Quite a bit of history Apacheland has. We even have the old Death Valley Days sign that says "Starring Ronald Reagan"
    Philip Rauso, Jr.
    Historian / Curator
    Apacheland Studio
    www.ApachelandMuseum.org

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    Smile Apacheland rebirth

    I am Glad to hear that Apacheland is going to be rebuilt. I have family in Chandler & Mesa, So there is another reason to visit. Please keep us informed as to status.

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    Default Thomas Birmingham, son of owners of Apacheland

    Philip is a liar. Apacheland burned down and will not be rebuilt. Superstition museum has the original Elvis Chapel and barn and much of any original artifacts from Apacheland. Ronald Regan never shot any scenes there. He narrated for Death Valley Days from Hollywood. It's 2011, and Philip's attempt to rebuild Apacheland still has not happened.

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    Actually Mr. Thomas Birmingham, for someone who is supposed to be a child of the owners it does not seem you know what you are talking about. If you scan the 1965-1966 season of Death Valley series, now available on DVD, you can see Ronald Reagan standing on Apacheland Main Street in a few episodes as an actor with the Superstition Mountains as a backdrop in many scenes. I also "Googled" this Philip Rauso you are talking about and seems his museum for Gold Canyon was announced on October 1, 2011 by the Gold Canyon Ledger's NPO called A.D.O.B.E. and he donated the largest Apacheland collection in the country to the same NPO group. He also helped to build an old west town on the D-Spur Ranch located in back of the original Apacheland. The only liar here seems to be you Thomas, and a very bitter one at that. I looked up his facebook page and he has the most detailed info on Apacheland with an online museum for the old movie ranch. It's at: http://www.facebook.com/ApachelandMovieRanch if you even care to know what the truth is about this wonderful place.

    One other thing. If you are so concerned about Apacheland, what have you done to preserve its name and history? Seems Mr. Rauso should be given thanks and you have a personal grudge for some reason. You're transparent.

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