The company that runs the Old Tucson theme park is setting up a nonprofit foundation to take over the lease, and eventually the operations, of the park.
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Former Old Tucson gunfighters Jack Young, Clark Ray and Frank Noel and former saloon girl Heather Stonehouse returned to the movie location March 2 for a reunion. Visitors greeted them on the set as videographer Laura Taflinger recorded the proceedings. Young was the first gunfighter at Old Tucson.
Dennis Leoni: "We'll hobble around and shoot each other like we did in the old days."
Ed Adams had his share of injuries but says, "I wouldn't trade those days for anything."
Stuntman Joshua Marrufo takes out Cass Anaya during a demonstration for schoolkids at Old Tucson. On Saturday the theme park will celebrate 50 years of street shows, and 50 former actors and stunt people will reunite for a new show written just for the big day. "It's really going to be quite…
Rick Allen shoots from the hip, more or less, in a quick-draw contest at Old Tucson.
Old Tucson's professional actors and stuntmen perform gunfights daily. The gunfights are based on actual incidents in Tucson's history.
Dave Haas, left, and Lee McKechnic perform tricks as schoolchildren soak up the Wild West lore and imagine what life was like on the frontier.
Old Tucson Studios' gunfighting stuntmen take a break between shows. Their work has always involved "eating a lot of dirt," as one of their number recalls.
Ed Adams has quite the souvenirs from his days working at Old Tucson: six knee surgeries, a herniated disc, a limp.
Rick Allen shoots from the hip in one of his first attempts at quick drawing. The quick draw contest was held at Old Tucson in May 1990. The Old Tucson gunfighters challenged Arizona military pilots and other military teams to a "top gun quick draw contest" during the Armed Forces Day celebr…
Cowboys take a break at Old Tucson Studios.
Dave Hass, center, and other actors at Old Tucson Studios perform a skit for Tucson-area students. About 30 schools participated in a free day at Old Tucson on May 8, 1990. The activities that day included a Wild West show, a high school rodeo competition, a children's dance group and live music.
Dave Haas, left, and Lee McKechnic perform tricks with their pistols in front of school children at Old Tucson.
Brent Rock practices for a quick draw competition at Old Tucson Studios. The practice was held May 14, 1990. The Old Tucson gunfighters challenged Arizona military pilots and other military teams to a top gun quick draw contest during the Armed Forces Day celebration in 1990.
Old Tucson's professional actors and stuntmen performed gunfights daily. Some gunfights were based on actual incidents in the history of Tucson.
Triplets Benjamin, left, Casey and Mitchell Brose, 26-year-old brothers from Phoenix, posed for a portrait at the second annual Wild West Steampunk Convention II at Old Tucson Studios on Friday. More than 1,000 people registered for the event.
The eerie eyes of Natalia Lopez shine during her demonstration of special-effects makeup techniques at the second annual Wild West Steampunk Convention II.