Gammons Gulch! What a fun, interesting place! You can find it just north east of Benson, AZ. It was our second visit there and we found Jay just as interesting as the first time!
Jay Gammon wanted a western movie set town. He found the property and began collecting! He had early exposure to the movie sets accompanying his Dad, who worked security (and later became John Wayne’s personal body guard!) on the movie sets. Even appearing as an extra in a few movies, including Rio Bravo and McLintock to name a few.
Jay begins the tour in the Saloon where he plays the piano and the banjo!
He tells us that swinging doors on the saloon are just ‘Hollywood’, the real ‘wild west’ did not have them!
He reminisces about the movie days and shows off his collection of memorabila and antique cars.
It is a fabulous way to spend an afternoon in southern Arizona!
Our next area to explore was south west of Tucson, down highway 19 to the Amado area. We found the Mission San Xavier del Bac, an historic Spanish Catholic Mission 10 miles south of Tucson. What a beautiful Mission, one of the most beautiful we have ever seen, so well preserved and restored!
The interior is amazing!
We walked around the back of the Mission and it was just as impressive against the amazing sky! It is well worth a visit if you are in the area.
From there we drove south to another national historic site, Tumacacori, the ruins of 3 Spanish Mission communities. The storm light was perfect when we arrived! The history of this area is so interesting! I won’t give you the History lesson but ‘google’ each place and read all about it!
Another day trip we did from the Amado area was to go to Madera Canyon. It is a beautiful hiking area in the trees by a river! A refreshing change from the dry desert landscape! We even arrived to snow on the ground!! Luckily the sun came out and melted it quickly! We didn’t come to Arizona to see snow!!
It was beautiful to walk along the river!
Our time in the Tucson area was coming to an end, next up is Yuma as we head west!
Until next time!