Family hopes Old West movie set near Tucson is too tough to die | Subscriber

Jacob Kartchner trims a piece of lumber while helping repair the boardwalks around the saloon, a centerpiece of the movie “The Quick and the Dead,” at the Mescal Movie Set.

Telling tales of life in the Wild West was all in a day’s work for the folks behind the Mescal Movie Set east of Tucson.

The filming location, a lot of 27 structures that, until recently, served as an extension of Old Tucson, played host to more than 80 Western movies and television shows over the course of five decades.

Actors like Lee Marvin in “Monte Walsh,” Mel Gibson in “Maverick” and Steve McQueen in “Tom Horn” brought gunfights, poker games and cattle rustling to the silver screen on the 70-acre lot, about 4 miles north of Interstate 10.

Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp faced off against red-sashed cowboys with his brothers Virgil, played by Sam Elliott, and Morgan, played by Bill Paxton, in the 1993 classic “Tombstone.”

In the modern Western, “The Quick and the Dead,” Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio, went toe-to-toe in Mescal, participating in a quick-draw contest to determine the fastest gun in the West.

Mark Sankey, spokesman for the set, can tell you where any movie star who played cowboy on the property took their last breath.

“Leonardo died right on that spot,” said Sankey, pointing to a patch of dirt amid the saloons, brothels and trade shops, where DiCaprio, as “The Kid” caught a

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Wildcats commit Noah Fifita hopes to bring ‘Juice County’ teammates to Tucson | Nationwide

When Noah Fifita and Anaheim Servite Large University teammates Tetairoa McMillan and Keyan Burnett visited Tucson earlier this thirty day period, Arizona’s coaching staff brought the juice — literally.

It started when Fifita, a 3-star quarterback fully commited to the UA’s 2022 recruiting course, and his teammates posed for photos in the Wildcats’ “Desert Swarm”-period uniforms. McMillan and Burnett bookended Fifita as they took photographs biting into oranges and consuming OJ. The moniker “Juice County,” hashtagged in Fifita’s Twitter bio, as a reminder of his Orange County, California, roots.

“They brought out some orange juice and some oranges. I feel Coach (Kevin) Cummings arrived up with that strategy,” Fifita stated.

Could the shots be a preview of points to come?

McMillan, a four-star huge receiver and standout volleyball player, is rated by countrywide recruiting internet sites as just one of the top rated over-all prospective buyers in California and the place. He is also looking at USC, Stanford and Oregon, amid other people.

Burnett, son of former UA linebacker Chester Burnett, is a four-star tight finish presently committed to USC.

Fifiita has an uphill battle to convince his “Juice County” teammates to follow him to Tucson, but he’s hopeful. The quarterback spoke to the Star’s Justin Spears on ESPN Tucson previously this week about his take a look at, his teammates — and what he sees in coach Jedd Fisch:

How was your previous stop by as opposed to the 1 in March, in which you could not see the

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