Wednesday, February 21, 2007
On our last full day in Arizona, we made one last tourist excursion into the desert to visit Gammons Gulch. We heard about this place just a few days ago from an article in Arizona magazine. This a is privately run homestead, movie set, collectors haven and story telling adventure run completely by a husband and wife team. They have been working on this adventure for around 35 years. This has been Jay Gammons dream for a long time. He had his first part in a John Wayne movie while his father was working as bodyguard for Wayne on the set of a movie. His life long passion for historical things and movies has resulted in Gammons Gulch.
It is in many ways a completely opposite kind of place from Tombstone. There are no gift shops or people in costume to entertain you. What you get is a personal tour from Jay, who will explain all of the exhibits and their history and will answer any questions that you may have.
This is not an historical site, as it was built by Jay and his friends over many years. But it does have a lot if history to see and an immense amount of enthusiasm from Jay and his wife that they enjoy sharing with the visitors.
Just when you think you have seen all that is worth seeing in the area, you find something else to tickle your imagination. Now I can only wonder what else I have missed.
We are underway tomorrow, planning on meeting friends in the hill country of Texas to find more interesting things to do and spend some time relaxing and hearing the newest stories from Mardi Gras in NOLA.