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« on: May 26, 2006, 12:55:00 PM »

Just returned from a trip to the Flagstone Set remains on the Charches to La Calahorra road, Almeria, Spain. What`s left of them still seem to be more or less unchanged and as reported and photographed by Ramon. A bird lover appears to have installed nesting boxes in the shells of the buildings. Someone has told me that the Spanish are keen pigeon fanciers. Who knows? We found a British contractor and his brother overseeing some Spanish workers at the Saloon which is now a farm building.

 I approached the Brits and they were genuinely surprised and fascinated to learn that they were working amongst the remains of a western film set. In fact one of them grabbed his mobile and phoned his dad in the UK to say, "Hey dad, guess what? I`ve just been laying tarmac on the floor of the Flagstone Saloon in Once Upon a Time in the West!" Apparantly the farmer wants to house his sheep in the building.

Life can still be dangerous in Flagstone. We stopped at the barriered railroad crossing to check it was clear before driving onto the site and promptly found the barrier hitting the roof of the car to the sound of clanging bells!

I have been trying to create a map of Flagstone but, even after a trip there, it`s pretty tricky to work out as glimpses of brick sets whilst watching the film are fleeting. The set was re-used after OUATITW but so far I am only aware of the film "The Price of Power" of which I`ve obtained a copy. Some additions to the original set look really tacked on and phony in that film. Subsequent filming probably explains the word  "Phoenix" on one of the remains as I cannot trace this name in viewings of OUATITW. Or a Dentist for that matter as that logo appears on another building.

There are more remains on the saloon side of the El Calahorra/Charches road than on the other side and a quick word with one of the family who own the saloon etc.appears to establish that the land the other side of the road belongs to someone else. Apart from the Flagstone First National Bank building and an associated building there is virtually nothing else on that side remaining other than a few small piles of stone so I imagine the owners on that side may have removed parts of the set some time ago.

OK, I`ll stop there as I`m a newbie and may be telling you something you already know. Might post some photos later if I think they`ll be informative. I gained access to the farmyard adjacent to the saloon and photographed the fully intact East wall - Haven`t seen that posted anywhere yet.

Regards from a movie set anorak!



 

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« Reply #1 on: June 01, 2006, 06:15:54 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: June 01, 2006, 06:17:11 AM »

Woops! back to the drawing board.

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« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2006, 07:03:25 AM »

Just returned from a trip to the Flagstone Set remains on the Charches to La Calahorra road, Almeria, Spain. What`s left of them still seem to be more or less unchanged and as reported and photographed by Ramon. A bird lover appears to have installed nesting boxes in the shells of the buildings. Someone has told me that the Spanish are keen pigeon fanciers. Who knows? We found a British contractor and his brother overseeing some Spanish workers at the Saloon which is now a farm building.

 I approached the Brits and they were genuinely surprised and fascinated to learn that they were working amongst the remains of a western film set. In fact one of them grabbed his mobile and phoned his dad in the UK to say, "Hey dad, guess what? I`ve just been laying tarmac on the floor of the Flagstone Saloon in Once Upon a Time in the West!" Apparantly the farmer wants to house his sheep in the building.

Life can still be dangerous in Flagstone. We stopped at the barriered railroad crossing to check it was clear before driving onto the site and promptly found the barrier hitting the roof of the car to the sound of clanging bells!

I have been trying to create a map of Flagstone but, even after a trip there, it`s pretty tricky to work out as glimpses of brick sets whilst watching the film are fleeting. The set was re-used after OUATITW but so far I am only aware of the film "The Price of Power" of which I`ve obtained a copy. Some additions to the original set look really tacked on and phony in that film. Subsequent filming probably explains the word  "Phoenix" on one of the remains as I cannot trace this name in viewings of OUATITW. Or a Dentist for that matter as that logo appears on another building.

There are more remains on the saloon side of the El Calahorra/Charches road than on the other side and a quick word with one of the family who own the saloon etc.appears to establish that the land the other side of the road belongs to someone else. Apart from the Flagstone First National Bank building and an associated building there is virtually nothing else on that side remaining other than a few small piles of stone so I imagine the owners on that side may have removed parts of the set some time ago.

OK, I`ll stop there as I`m a newbie and may be telling you something you already know. Might post some photos later if I think they`ll be informative. I gained access to the farmyard adjacent to the saloon and photographed the fully intact East wall - Haven`t seen that posted anywhere yet.

Regards from a movie set anorak!



 

Sounds like a good time. The railway line is still active? And what happened after the gates came down? Were you alright?

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« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2006, 07:28:58 AM »

Hi Peacemaker. It was only a small, light barrier and there were just some red paint marks on our white Punto! They don`t give you much warning. The barrier was down for a goods train which stopped to unload ballast stones or whatever onto the railside pile depicted elsewhere on the web roughly oposite the rear of the saloon. As the barrier remained down and we were wondering whether to ignore it and weave round it across the track a guy got out of the train cab and flicked a switch in a box on the track to raise the barrier. Later on a high speed train came roaring through.

Here is my 2nd attempt to download a photo (hopefully successfully).

 Following my recent visit to the Flagstone Site this is a view I haven`t seen posted on web sites before taken from inside the adjacent farmyard. This shows the most complete side of the Flagstone saloon which is the east side i.e. the side in shot as Jill takes her buggy ride through the town. Note the filled in holes for the timbers which supported the roofing over the boardwalk.

I`m putting the finishing touches to a town plan of Flagstone. I`m pretty sure that the brick remains marked "Phoenix" are actually the Cosmopolitan Theatre (Bronson shoots the man who falls through the banner). Anybody like to comment or confirm?


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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2006, 01:01:58 PM »

I'v made also a few pictures last week I'd like to share with you guys. Most of them seen before, but the last two shows us the words Beer, Wine and ......
Who can tell me the last one?

















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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2006, 01:11:35 PM »

I'v made also a few pictures last week I'd like to share with you guys. Most of them seen before, but the last two shows us the words Beer, Wine and ......
Who can tell me the last one?




It actually says Beers, whisky  ( spelled incorrectly, and the last one looks like it says Geuling. The last one is really hard to make out.















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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2006, 01:17:04 PM »

El Mal, Danny, thank you for the great pictures! I'm surprised to see some structures still standing. You guys are lucky to be there! I cannot tell which buildings they are in the film immediately, but maybe Peademaker can tell.

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