Benson, AZ High 81 Low 52
Jan and Bill told us that we really needed to include Gammons Gulch in our itinerary while in Benson. Saturday was the day.
I will admit I had my doubts about seeing a western movie set. I really thought it might be boring or nothing new. (Sorry Jan but that’s what I was thinking.)
Boy was I wrong. Jay Gammons is the builder, owner, and tour guide of Gammons Gulch and he definitely loves his work.
I took this from their web page:
“Step back into time” as founder Jay Gammons has and enjoy the fond memories of days gone by. Imagine yourself stepping back in time, walking down the main street of an old west town.
In the distance you hear sounds of a honky-tonk piano slip in and out of the still, eerie silence as you walk past the saloon.At any moment you expect to see a cowboy step out of the doorway, or hear the pounding of a blacksmith’s hammer.
Or maybe feel the rumble of driven horses as the stagecoach churns up the dust as it rolls into town.
The place is real; a little imagination is all you need to complete your authentic and memorable “step back in time” experience.
Jay’s Dad used to work on the sets of many old westerns either as an actor or as security and Jay has pictures of himself as a youngster acting with John Wayne and others.
Jay has spent over 40 years building Gammons Gulch and his love of the old west shows in his handy work. He is one of the most entertaining, politically incorrect, tour guides we have ever had. He brought the set to life for us. He also plays the piano and the banjo that are in the saloon.
He has lots of beautiful old cars that he’s restoring as well as working on restoring the old buildings. He does all of the work himself and his pride shows through when he’s telling you about what he’s done.
This place was definitely worth the $7 and if you don’t like the tour you don’t have to pay. It’s only 12 miles outside of Benson so add some fun to your tour of this area and visit Gammons Gulch.