Category Archives: Universal Studios Backlot

Medicine Bow Set Destroyed by Fire 51 Years Ago this Week

10919046_908179905870966_1822517873261353603_nOn May 15, 1967, the Universal Studios backlot caught fire resulting in roughly $1 million worth of damage. Denver Street (Medicine Bow) was one of the sets destroyed in the fire. It was rebuilt to enable filming on “The Virginian” and other Universal TV series and films to continue without major disruption. (UPI photo)

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Falls Lake Backlot

The locations used in “The Virginian” are always of interest to viewers. One particular set was used frequently in Universal TV Westerns in the 1960s and early 1970s. The waterfall set was often used as a backdrop. Originally built in the 1920s the “Falls Lake” set remained intact until 1980 when it was re-modeled in a large construction project.  The ground level was raised considerably.Old Falls Lake3