In June of 1993 I was fortunate enough to visit the movie set of "Tombstone" filming near Elgin, Arizona. It's near the site of other Westerns like "Red River," and Elgin is near Sonoita, which is about an hour west of the actual town of Tombstone.
While there I photographed one of the Buckaroos who worked on the movie. This was not easy to do (see photo prohibition, below):
I was the guest of Jeff Morey, who was the historical consultant on the film. At the time I was doing a radio show in Scottsdale and after I got off the air, I drove two hours to Tucson, where I picked up Jeff and then we drove down to Sonoita and on to the film site which is another hour and a half. We got there around two and the crew was filming the Earp party—the Vendetta Riders—attacking a remote cowboy camp. They were set up in a rugged draw.
Here are a couple more shots I took of Logan and his mount. That is a "cowboy flag" flying above the camp. None of this sequence made it into the final film.
The Buckaroos were a group of mostly California guys who loved the Old West and went to great pains to gather authentic gear and weapons and clothing. Peter Sherayko, who also stars in the movie, got them the gig for $750 a week, "whether they worked or not," he said. Peter also added there were about 40 of them, and, " Most times they camped out other times they had a hotel room. They also got per diem of a couple hundred a week. Whiskey and women were their choice and there was plenty of both."
When I was there they actually camped out on this remote site, while the stars and crew motored in each day from Tucson, where they were staying at the Holiday Inn. Living out on the land like this, the boys looked a little crusty, which also added flavor to the look of the film.
As soon as I walked on the set, an assistant pointed at the camera around my neck and barked, "No photos!" I raised my hands as if surrendering to the law, and shook my head. To my credit, I was good for almost the entire time I was there.
And, of course, the photo I couldn't resist taking, was this one: