One of the biggest things that sets the Mojave Muleskinners apart from other reenactment groups, is our love of traveling to different town sites while we are in character - always looking for the next adventure while immersing ourselves in the past!
Bodie Ghost Town, CA
There's a story about a little girl whose family moved from San Francisco to Bodie. Depending on who tells you, or where you read it, she wrote either: "Good, by God, I'm going to Bodie" or "Goodbye God, I'm going to Bodie". Today this once thriving mining camp is visited by tourists, howling winds and an occasional ghost.
At the peak of its glory, Virginia City was a boisterous town. There was gold in every hill and millions of dollars were being made. Men came from everywhere, the "Bonanza Kings" of Irish descent: Mackay, Fair, Flood and O'Brien. The spirits of these Comstock characters still inhabit the places they built, and romance still thrives in the wondrous place in the shadow of Sun Mountain
Gammons Gulch is located north of Benson, Arizona, in the High Desert of Cochise County. The Movie Location is perfect for your productions. Some of the stars that have appeared in productions at Gammons Gulch are: Jeff Fahey, Kristian Alfonso, Sheree Wilson (Walker: Texas Ranger; Dallas), William Shockley (Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman; The Young Riders)
Wild Burro's panhandling, gunfighters shooting and ladies dressed in 1890's style strolling, it must be Oatman, Arizona. Just across the Colorado River and up the hill from Laughlin, Nevada on Historic Route 66 is the lively gold mining town of Oatman. In its heyday of the early 1900's to the 1940's, Oatman and its two mile away companion town of Goldroad were the largest producers of gold in Arizona.
Calico is an old West mining town that has been around since 1881 during the largest silver strike in California. With its 500 mines, Calico produced over $20 million in silver ore over a 12-year span. When silver lost its value in the mid-1890's, Calico lost its population. The miner's packed up, loaded their mules and moved away abandoning the town that once gave them a good living. It became a "ghost town."
In 1877, a man named Ed Schieffelin set out to make his fortune in Apache country, east of Fort Huachuca. When his friends at the Fort heard about his plans, they laughed and said that all he'd find was his tombstone. Schieffelin's reply was the discovery of one of the richest veins of silver and gold in the Arizona Territory. He named this first claim "The Tombstone" and died a rich man in Oregon 20 years later.
Pioneertown was built as a movie set for western movies of Gene Autry, and others. The movie set was to provide a place for the actors to live, and have their house used as part of a movie set. Some of the original investors in the town were Roy Rogers, who also built the Pioneer Bowl, Sons of the Pioneers, which the town was named after.
The Whitehorse Ranch began as a dream between German Pete and his son, Christopher; their dream was to build an 1800s western-styled town. German Pete had been involved with reenactments since before coming to the United States 21 years ago from Munich, Germany. "Germans have a big interest in western cowboys and Indians," he said, "ever since Wild Bill Hickok's traveling show appeared in Europe in the early 1900s." The ranch has numerous buildings now adorning the desert landscape, and the town is still growing steadily especially since it is now used as a movie set.
Located 30 minutes north of downtown Phoenix, you'll visit over 90 acres of an old 1800's town, with no cars or smog! Just authentic buildings and historically accurate reproductions. See the Opera House where Lilly Langtry sang; look through a rifle port in the actual cabin that survived Arizona's bloodiest range war; laugh your way through a "melodrama"; or browse through an 1890's dress shop and much more!
The boomtown of Goldfield is located off of Mammoth Mine Road situated at the base of the Superstition Mountains. With the discovery of mines in 1892, Goldfield became a booming community boasting a population of 5 thousand people, 3 saloons, boarding houses, a hotel and a general store. There were 50 working mines in the district. The legendary Lost Dutchman Mine still debated today as whether is has ever been rediscovered. The Superstition Mountains draw adventurers seeking lost gold as well as recreational riches.
The Mojave Muleskinners walked the same streets as Lee Marvin, Paul Newman, Jack Palance, Frank Sinatra, Danny Glover, Kurt Russell, Russel Crowe and Sharon Stone, to name a few! Mescal, the legendary movie location where Outlaw Josey Wales, Maverick (remake), Buffalo Soldiers, Tombstone, the Quick and the Dead, Cowboys & Aliens and many other Westerns were filmed. Mescal offers a complete western town with 44 western buildings. The 60-acre location sets in a high-desert plain easily representing terrains throughout the American west.