Do you have a favorite live action series? Something that you watch again and again? Well, what if you could step right into that world? Walk the paths your favorite characters took on a daily basis? See their world almost just like they did?
Such things are rare. Most times when a series ends the sets are “struck,” leaving nothing recognizable behind. You may be able to find recognizable locations here and there, but for the primary set to still be intact years later is almost unheard of. If you happen to be a fan of Jane Seymour’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, then you are a very lucky fan indeed.
What makes the Colorado Springs town from Dr. Quinn so special? It was filmed in the Western Town at Paramount Ranch, which is owned and maintained by the National Park Service. It receives visitors regularly at no charge, and you can easily recognize the various storefronts for how they were used in the show. You can walk along the porch of Dr. Mike’s clinic, stroll past Hank’s saloon and Preston’s bank, and lean on the pillars outside Jake’s barber shop. Mr. Bray’s mercantile, the jail where Matthew worked as sheriff, Horace’s office, Dorothy’s gazette, Robert E’s livery, and his home where he lived with Grace are all standing. You can stand in the middle of the main street that they walked nearly very day.
Maintaining these buildings is a constant responsibility for the National Park Service, and the budget does not always allow them to do all that needs to be done. This year, the National Park Service is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and the fans of Dr. Quinn are banding together to do something truly special. A fundraiser is being held to help preserve the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area where the Paramount Ranch is located. The proceeds will all go directly to the National Park, and will help them maintain and repair Western Town after damage done by recent El Niño rains. The hope is that the sets will be persevered for many more years to come.
Would you like to see more pictures of the Colorado Springs set? Would you like to make a tax deductible donation? Any amount, no matter how big or small is truly appreciated.
The fundraiser will remain open until April 29, 2016, by which time the organizers hope to have reached their goal of $7,500. You can read more about the fundraisers and view pictures of the Paramount Ranch here.
This is our chance to preserve history. Let’s help keep Paramount Ranch and the spirit of Dr. Quinn alive and well for generations to come.