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I met John Wayne

I met John Wayne at Mammoth Steak House and Saloon Bar in Goldfield Ghost Town, just outside the city of Phoenix. Ok, John Wayne is dead but not his body double. He’s alive and entertaining visitors and customers at a resto bar.

This is the Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at the heart of Goldfield Ghost Town. 

The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

This is a very historic place, perhaps familiar, for those who like Hollywood westerns.

The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

Yes, it’s a bar and restaurant with an interior like that of a Wild Wild West. 

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

Used boots and caps and hats are everywhere. Old memorabilia and portraits of famous people who had graced the bar are plastered on the wall. 

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

They’ve got a singer, too, who sings nothing but songs of old western yore. Yes, you can request a song, too. 

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

And here, I met John Wayne’s body double. 

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

Sometimes he sings and and sometimes he asks and swoons women for a dance. He’s one jovial fellow who will regal you with his life as a John Wayne’s body double.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

I met John Wayne at The Mammoth Steak House and Saloon at Goldfield Ghost Town outside Phoenix Arizona.

And yes, he worked with John Wayne before. He had done commercials impersonating the actor and wrote a book about this life as the legend’s body double.

Travel Tip: 
Before you reach the Goldfield Ghost Town, you will pass by a small, white chapel named after Elvis Presley. Go and see it.

Photos: Inside Elvis Presley Chapel

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