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Previous Tucson western film web site to get new operator; goals to reopen

Previous Tucson western film web site to get new operator; goals to reopen

Previous Tucson served as a movie set for traditional motion pictures, tv productions and commercials.

TUCSON, Ariz. — An organization that operates historic railroads in Colorado and North Carolina is poised to take over operations of Previous Tucson, a western-themed attraction that served as a movie set for traditional motion pictures, tv productions and commercials, officers stated.

Pima County officers on Friday really useful that the county Board of Supervisors approve an settlement to have Durango, Colorado-based American Heritage Railways take management of the southern Arizona landmark, native media retailers reported.

Previous Tucson’s earlier operator closed the attraction in 2020 attributable to monetary fallout from the coronavirus. The lease for the 180-acre (73-hectare) web site within the desert on Tucson’s western outskirts reverted to Pima County, the property proprietor.

In-built 1939 as a reproduction of the 1860’s-era Tucson by Paramount Photos for the film “Arizona,” Previous Tucson has served as the positioning for greater than 400 movies, tv sequence, music movies and commercials.

Hearth destroyed a lot of the attraction in 1995.

“We’re all so excited for this chance to be in Tucson, to work at Previous Tucson, which is such an historic web site, and to actually convey what we do greatest — which is the leisure, the preservation, and bringing this property again to life,” John Harper, American Heritage Railways’ supervisor, informed KGUN-TV.

American Heritage Railways’ properties embrace the Durango & Silverton Slim Gauge Railroad in Durango and the Nice Smokey Mountains Railroad in Bryson Metropolis, North Carolina.

The county board is anticipated to vote April 5 on an five-year working settlement with doable extensions, the Arizona Every day Star and KOLD-TV reported.

The corporate would pay Pima County $60,000 yearly to lease the property and 4% of its annual gross working income, with the cash going towards capital upkeep and growth.

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