Larry R. Hedrick, co-founder of the Superstition Mountain Historical Society 1979.
Special projects, Hedrick, resigned from the SMHS in 2009-he did not retire. And were it not for the effort and determination of Larry Hedrick to preserve Apacheland history the 2004 project (moving the barn and chapel) would not have gotten-off-the ground.
Hedrick organized a faithful group of volunteer and safely relocated the two surviving buidings (Audie Murphy Barn and Elvis Chapel) which happen to be quite valuable to the museum rebuilding them in record time!
Larry Hedrick helped organized first Apacheland Days committee and was instrumental in the successful event which draws 5,000 visitor each year.
It was a major project moving area history seven miles away (relocating heavy buildings) with community volunteers that saved a rich portion of movie history going under the bulldozer.
Over the years, Hedrick, was responsible for the building and exhibiting of four museums the past 30 years. Larry came to Arizona from his native state of Oklahoma in 1957-1959 and settled in the state permanently in 1966. As an electronics technician with a high security clearance, he is widely traveled, through his employer, debugging installations for the CIA, FBI, NSA, NASA, the Pentagon, major corporations, and military complexes.
Privileged to be among the first western actors on the streets of Apacheland Movie Ranch in1959. Larry founded and commanded the Seventh Confederate States Cavalry, an organization which became very popular, and was selected to participate in both the 40th Presidential Inaugural parade of Ronald Reagan and 41st Inaugural parade of President George Bush Sr. The unit also preformed an Honor Guard in the Capitol Rotunda. The Seventh Cavalry has several television documentaries and motion pictures to its credits. Among those credits is the TV documentary, produced by National Geographic: Arizona Roads, on the Battle of Picacho Pass, the Western-most battle of the Civil War. This re-enactment of the battle has appeared many times on national and local television, including Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, Arts & Entertainment, and West 57th Street, as well as many magazine and newspaper articles.
Larry's research of this Arizona battle led to the authoring of the book "Picacho Pass Arizona's Civil War Story." The book has been accepted by prominent Arizona historians and used as a teaching resource for an adult education class sponsored by Central Arizona College entitled "Civil War Living History."
Larry is also very familiar with the Superstition Mountain region. Some years back, he found the well known Canadian Club hide-a-case whiskey buried in the Superstition Mountains in 1978. Thirty Two years later in 2010, he was called upon to speak on the subject at the venerable Explorers Club in New York City. Larry is often called upon to conduct public speaking engagements on these and many other subjects including: The Lost Dutchman Gold Mine and Jacob Waltz in Germany and the U.S.; the Superstition Mountains; Arizona's Civil War; and many other of his numerous historical activities.
Michael Dante, Audie Murphy films:
Arizona Raiders, Apache Rife.
Johnny Western, Have Gun Will Travel,
Writer: The Ballad of Paladin,
Co writer, Bonanza and Johnny Yuma.
Peter Brown, Lawmen, Wagon Train.
Clint Walker, Cheynne
Jody McCrea, Broken Land
Clu Gulager, Wagon Train,
Wanted Dead or Alive
Sean Garrison, Dundee & the Culhane
Corinne Calvert, 50 films 1925-2001
Nudie Tailor, Charro movie,
Mark Tapscott, Rawhide, Death Valley Days.
Chuck Courtney, Wagon Train.
John Pickard, Charro 1968. Denver Pyle, Rounders film.
Patricia Huston, Death Valley Days.
Don Haggerty, Have Gun Will Travel.
Vance Colvig, (voice of Bozo clown
Jerry Van Dyde, Accidental Family.
James Dunn, Dundee and the Culhane.
Andrew Prine, The Westerner.
Wagon Train, Have Gun Will Travel.
Frank McGrath, (cook, Wagon Train)
Ron Nix, (double for Elvis) in Charro.
Troy Nabors, Bullfigher, Cowboy Hall of Fame, (Roy Rogers commercials).
Pat Larkin, stuntman, horse wrangler
Chero Mangus, Caretaker, Mgr., at Apacheland, built rare 1987 scale model. Created the Apacheland Days.
Death Valley Days (1952 TV Series)
Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, CA. One of the longest-running Western series... Dir: Edward Ludlum, Frank McDonald With: Robert Taylor, Stanley Andrews, Don Haggerty Drama | Western
Zane Grey Theater (1956 TV Series)
An anthology based (earlier moreso than later) on the novels and stories of Zane Grey. Powell was often the star as well as the host. Dir: Abner Biberman, Felix Feist With: Dick Powell, Walter Sande, Denver Pyle Drama | Western
Stagecoach West (1960 TV Series)
Luke Perry and Simon Kane run a stagecoach line in the Old West, where they come across a wide variety of killers: Robert Bray, Wayne Rogers, Richard Eyer Western
The Broken Land (1962)
A cowboy rides into a small town that is ruled with an iron fist by a corrupt sheriff. He becomes involved... Dir: John Bushelman With: Kent Taylor, Diana Darrin, Jody McCrea Western 70 mins.
The Rifleman - 1958-1963 Chuck Connors Directed by Sam Peckinpah.(other film locations used as well)
Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV Series-1963)
Professional gunfighter Paladin was a West Point graduate who, after the Civil War. Richard Boone, Kam Tong, Hal Needham Drama | Western United.
Wanted: Dead or Alive (1958 TV Series)
A Civil War veteran with a sawed-off rifle as a holstered weapon makes a living as a bounty hunter in the Wild West of the 1870s. With: Steve McQueen, Wright King, Jack Tornek Western United States-APPROVED 30 mins.
Arizona Raiders (1965)
Murphy plays an ex-Quantrill's Raider who's released from jail with buddy Cooper to be deputized as... Dir: William Witney With: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Ben Cooper Western United States-APPROVED 88 mins.
Jess Wade is innocently accused of having stolen a cannon from the Mexican revolutionary forces. He tries to find the real culprits... Dir: Charles Marquis Warren With: Elvis Presley, Ina Balin, Victor French Western 98 mins.
The Ballad of Cable Hogue (1970)
A hobo accidentally stumbles onto a water spring, and creates a profitable way station in the middle of the desert. Dir: Sam Peckinpah With: Jason Robards, Stell Stevens, David Warner Comedy | Drama | Romance | Western 121 mins.
Blind Justice (1994 TV Movie)
Canaan, a mysterious gunfighter left nearly blind from Civil War combat, roams through Mexico with a baby he has sworn to protect... Dir: Richard Spence With: Armand Assante, Elisabeth Shue, Robert Davi Action | Western 85 mins.
Dundee and the Culhane (1967 TV Series)
Dir: Robert Gist, Jeffrey Hayden With: John Mills, Sean Garrison, Roy Poole Western.
Guns of a Stranger (1973)
Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is... Dir: Robert Hinkle With: Marty Robbins, Chill Wills, Dovie Beams Action | Western 91 mins.
Gambler II: The Adventure Continues (1983 TV Movie and last major film at the Apacheland.) Brady Hawkes, Billy Montana, and Jeremiah Hawkes are on a train bound for a huge gambling event when... Dir: Dick Lowry With: Kenny Rogers, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Evans Western 195 mins.
THE HAUNTED starring Aldo Ray and Virginia Mayo filmed at Apacheland1976 .
River of Rage: Victoria Principle
Gettysburg Battle: Larry Hedrick,This re-enactment of the battle has appeared many times on national and local television, including Unsolved Mysteries, Good Morning America, Arts & Entertainment, and West 57th Street, as well as many magazine and newspaper articles.
Second Chance: Brian Keith and Juliet Prowse 1972 TV
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website built to preserve the memory of Apacheland Movie Studio 1959-2004.
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