Bob and I stumble upon the Contrabando abandoned movie set. The site has been used in multiple movies over the years, It is located along the Rio Grande River and has the appearance of a tranquil village from another time period. We spend some time wandering through the buildings and enjoying the scenery.
"A short drive west into Big Bend Ranch State Park from Lajitas yields the discovery of a completely vacant and mostly artificial ghost town. There exists one building at the site that is actually historical in nature, a small adobe building called 'La Casita', the rest of the site was built for the movies.
Among the movies filmed here are: Dead Man’s Walk, and Streets of Laredo, both made for TV movies from the 'Lonesome Dove' series by Larry McMurtry.
In September of 2008, Ojinaga, Mexico was inundated with rain, which led to the Rio Grande flooding into the State Park and surrounding areas. There was obvious damage to the movie set, as can be seen from the picture. Whether the structural stability of the buildings was compromised, that is unknown, but exterior damage is evident."
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