Saddle up and head to “The Wild Wild West” as we highlight two of Oklahoma’s western studios and sets in this month’s locations feature. Located in Chandler, Read Ranch affords filmmakers the opportunity to access a handful of western sets among 240 acres of lush prairies and scenic landscapes. Bison, longhorns and watusi cattle roam freely on the property which has seen a number of commercial and television projects filmed onsite since opening in 1991, including segments for Austin City Limits, Michael Martin Murphy’s Sage Brush Symphony and the YouTube series “Bad to the Jones”.
In Enid, Simpson’s Old Time Museum invites visitors to step back in time where they will find a variety of western collections and Native American artifacts on display including Hopalong Cassidy memorabilia, WWII military and cavalry items, an authentic chuck wagon, high back saddles dating back to the early 1900s and a private doll collection that numbers over 1,800. Simpson’s is also home to Skeleton Creek Productions, a local production company that has produced five western films and houses their own indoor movie sets at the Museum including an 1880’s saloon, jail, hotel lobby, hotel room, general store, church and more. Most recently, these sets were featured in local director Kyle Roberts’ short film, “The Bulleteers”, which is currently on the film festival circuit.
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