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A large portion of Paramount Ranch, the filming location for hundreds of films and television shows over the years (including HBO’s Westworld), burned to the ground in one of the devastating fires that have swept through California this month. And while the future is unfortunately still depressingly dire for many residents of the state, at least there’s a sliver of good news: officials have announced a plan to rebuild Paramount Ranch’s old western town in the next two years.
California has been going through a rough time lately. 80 people have been killed so far and nearly 1,000 are still missing thanks to the two major fires that independently appeared in early November, the Camp Fire and the Woolsey Fire. The latter spread across Southern California’s Santa Monica Mountains and consumed much of the Paramount Ranch’s western town set – although the train station area and the white church seen prominently in Westworld went untouched.
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But it sounds like the rest of the filming area, which was built in 1927 and served as a home for TV and film productions like American Sniper, The Lake House, The Great Outdoors, Gunsmoke, Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, should be back to normal relatively soon. Curbed attended a press conference at the site on Friday in which State Assemblymember Richard Bloom said, “Let’s today...
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