Monday, May 11, 2009

Spaghetti Western Locations


The site of Sad Hill Cemetery is located at Carazo near Salas de los Infantes. It is situated in a cow pasture, but you can still see the remains of the 1000s of graves constructed by the Spanish army. The center ring is grown over so it’s best to drive up the road to the top of the hill overlooking the site. Here you can get a bird’s eye view of the location and how closely it still resembles the original site. The Spanish army brought in dirt from another area to construct the graves and the plant and grass seeds the dirt contained are different then the surrounding soil which now make the graves stand out even more. When I walked the grounds with Don Bruce and Marla Johnson in 2003 and 2005 it was in silence as if we were visiting an actual cemetery. Recently an historical marker has been constructed to commemorate the location. Not easy to locate but one of the highlights of any SW fan’s list of must see locations.


You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VwVEDmw3n18

2 comments:

  1. My first comment here after few days of reading. Great blog you have!

    I visited Sad Hill cemetery this summer. It is easier to locate from Santo Domingo de los Silos. You just have to take the sand road up the steep hill right outside the village and the road takes you there. Maps can be a bit misleading so better to ask direction from a villager if necesary.

    I guess you also visited the Langstone bridge and the Batterville camp sites also?

    This was my second spaghetti western location trip, first was on 2006 to Almería. Hope to get back there to check out some places I missed the first time.

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  2. Yes I visited the location of Langstone bridge and the Betterville prisoner of war camp. Both are now marked with Tuco Tour signs.

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