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Sedona Museum Restores John Wayne Movie Set Building

Sedona Telegraph Office then...

Sedona Telegraph Office then…

Sedona AZ (April 7, 2013)The Sedona Heritage Museum is excited to announce its ownership of an original piece of Sedona film-making history, the Telegraph Office from the old Sedona movie set.

The telegraph office arrived in 1946 for the first movie filmed on the Sedona set, John Wayne’sAngel and the Badman.” Of the approximately 100 movies filmed in Sedona, most during the Golden Age of western films, the Sedona western street scene buildings are visible in many of the classics.

The old Sedona movie set’s telegraph office building has an interesting history!

It started life in the early 1900s in Winona, Arizona, as an actual train station before it was relocated to Sedona for use as part of the town’s western street scene movie set. Sometime in the 1950s, the building was moved to private property and converted into a residence. Recently rediscovered, and in a state of complete disrepair, the building was vacant and had been all but abandoned for decades.

But thanks to friends of the Sedona Heritage Museum and the former telegraph office’s most recent owner, John Marmaduke, a deal was struck to donate the building to the Museum and return it to Sedona for the enjoyment of its museum-going public.

Sedona Telegraph Office now scheduled for restoration by Sedona Heritage Museum

Sedona Telegraph Office now scheduled for restoration by Sedona Heritage Museum

The Sedona Heritage Museum has plans to restore the building to replicate its old Sedona movie set condition. To help with the telegraph office restoration, the public is asked to help find and share old photographs of the Sedona movie set that feature the building’s exterior and or interior.

To learn more about the Telegraph Office or donate to the museum restoration efforts, contact the Sedona Heritage Museum, P.O. Box 10216, Sedona, Arizona 86339 and or call 928-282-7038.

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  1. The Sedona Heritage Museum presents the “Cactus Cats” duo in a special free performance of “Music at the Museum Honors Veterans” on Saturday, April 20 at 1:00 p.m. at the Museum.

    The Cactus Cats are back at one of their favorite venues, the Sedona Heritage Museum’s historic Fruit Packing Shed with new songs, sing-alongs, terrible jokes and good family fun. Plus, a special audience participation surprise. Don’t miss it!

    People say: “The Cactus Cats offer the best ‘Country Classics’ I have heard in a long time. Your voices blend so well in the duets you do plus Lorena’s renditions of classics originally performed by Patsy Cline and Anne Murray among others are impeccable. And Mike does a great guitar as well as comedy solos.”

    The concert is about an hour long. Come early and enjoy the Museum, separate admission. The Sedona Heritage Museum is located at 735 Jordan Rd in Jordan Historical Park. The Museum is open daily 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more info about this special presentation or the Museum, 928-282-7038.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Tensions between Crawford and McCambridge had been simmering almost since production began. In a curious twist on Johnny Guitar’s fictional story, McCambridge had been teasing Crawford because she was married to a former boyfriend of Joan’s and took every opportunity to remind her of that fact. At the same time, McCambridge had been infuriated by rumors that Crawford was having an affair with Ray, assuming this would earn her preferential screen treatment; curiously, Joan suspected that Ray was giving Mercedes extra coaching on her role behind her back, giving her costar a chance to upstage her. It probably didn’t help matters that Crawford decreed McCambridge’s hair had to be died jet-black to contrast with her own warm russet-brown.

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