Local museum early board/founding members, January 29, 1999, requested the rare (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright)exhibit in writing, and before the museum was built as follows: "Thanks for the model of Apacheland, which is now in good hands and awaits only the building of our new museum to go on permanent display." (January 29, 1999)
The exhibit so rare the exhibit is requested before the museum was built and requested by the founding board members. (Many of the early founding members have gone and and or resigned unfortunately).
Fast forward to, April 2012, the detailed 4ft by 12 ft exhibit was voted out (by the current board) after seven years on exhibit when the board commissioned someone to make a "diorama" unknown to the builder! Why? Did they like the work so well that they wanted imitations, apparently, and why the builder of the rare (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) was last to know about a "diorama" project!?
The builder was notified by mail April 2012 that a "new diorama" arrived that the rare and original exhibit would be moved to the barn without climate control. Can one build a "diorama" from this picture?
This is Apachelands grounds, empty, after a 2004 fire anything built after 2004 fire is imitation. The authentic and rare (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) is now moved from that museum for safety because this exhibit is all that remains to show the movie-set as it was--the 4ftx12ft exhibit is official and authentic and rare!
Anything built after the 2004, after the burning flames cleared this ground is unauthorized. The official (c) 1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) was built during a time when the builder worked at the movie-set measuring each post, window, door, building and aerial photos made to complete the rare exhibit. The 4ft.x 12ft. exhibit was built sixteen years before the 2004 fire when the town and buildings were standing!!
Again words from the board, January 1999, before museum was built:"Thanks for the model of Apacheland, which is now in good hands and awaits only the building of our new museum to go on permanent display."
The large (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) is rare and was built 1987 when the buildings existed and before the fire; the display is authentic/original and the only official exhibit of the famous Hollywood movie-set built 1959 at the base of Dinosaur Mountain in Gold Canyon--not in Apache Junction, AZ as one "self-proclaimed historian," likes to claim.
The original display weighs 500 lbs. and two sections for travel and the tops are open to provide fans opportunity to see inside the buildings to enjoy the town as it was, the saloon doors swing open, the Elvis Chapel bell rings. Building complete with lights.
The display, (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) is the famous movie-set, as it was, built for the fans! The rare exhibit was in storage sixteen years and taken out of storage after 2004 fire.
Thankfully, the (c)1987 Apacheland Scale Model (US Copyright) is now moved from the museum, to a safe location, protected by the Apacheland Historical Society, INC., for the fans.
The Apacheland Historical Society, INC, are recipients of the Western Legends Award 2012 for efforts in preserving Apache Land Studio history. Our work is recognzied by other states.Read below the Western Legends Award past recipients:
Past recipients:True West Magazine, Rex Allen, Rex Allen Jr Marty Robbins, Johnny Western, Cactus Mack, Stan Jones, Nudie Rodeo Tailor, Dan Haggardy, Pedro Gonzalez, also Dean Smith and Ron Nix.