The Flintstones Town of Bedrock – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

This post is a fun one for me….I haven’t a clue what I will ever do with any of these shots, but I had a great time taking them.

Let me back up to the first of August. If you follow my blog, that time frame correlates with all of my Grand Canyon photographs. As it turns out, along the way to the Grand Canyon is this “tourist” attraction of the Flintstones town of Bedrock. The cartoon characters span multi generations and I used to laugh at the antics of Fred and Barney as so many did. Yet, nowhere in my mind did I envision a re-creation of the town of Bedrock located in the middle of the desert along the way to the Grand Canyon. Go figure!

The place looked so cheesy and you couldn’t actually see the town behind the gift shop from the road, so we weren’t sure what we would find. We normally don’t waste time, money or effort on such things, but my wife, daughter, son-in-law and myself thought it would be a “kick” to just check it out as it was only $5.00. I knew it would be a fun photo shoot, so we paid our money and went to see the town of “Bedrock”. Again, go figure someone would build cement blown and brightly colored buildings to resemble the prehistoric town of bedrock. It was spread out over quite a few acres and had numerous buildings to wander through.

Attached are 11 shots I took that day. I shoot in RAW format to capture extreme detail, so I can play with the contrast, sharpness, lighting etc., later. I wanted to give the shots a little edgy look….

The first capture is a volcano with a Pterodactyl flying near the top.

Bedrock 1: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 1: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

 

The second shot is the Bedrock Barber Shop and Beauty Salon with the volcano in the background.

Bedrock 2: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 2: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

What would Bedrock be without some of the characters hanging around. The third picture is Wilma in front of her and Fred’s house.

Bedrock 3: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 3: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

This fourth shot shows Betty waving to (?????) in front of her and Barney’s house. (I really never did figure out just who she was waving to…)

Bedrock 4: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 4: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

The fifth shot shows the living room inside one of the homes (can’t remember which one).

Bedrock 5: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 5: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Number six is inside one of the homes again. Please note this is all blown concrete, so someone went to a lot of trouble to create these scenes.

Bedrock 6: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 6: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Number seven is the schoolhouse in town. Love the turnip shape of the building.

Bedrock 7: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 7: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Eight is the Post Office with someone looking out of the second story window.

Bedrock 8: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 8: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Nine is the Grocery Store…gotta love the bird roasting on the spit to the right side of the building.

Bedrock 9: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 9: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Ten is the center of nightlife for Bedrock. What community would be complete without a nightclub?

Bedrock 10: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 10: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 11: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Bedrock 11: The Flintstones town of Bedrock

Eleven finishes the tour with a gas station, although car power was pedal power of Fred’s feet…..

…thoughts?

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30 thoughts on “The Flintstones Town of Bedrock – Excerpts From a Photo Shoot

  1. Jet Eliot

    This was fun, Kirt. Although I have never heard of this place or seen it, I am not surprised there is such a venue, because in America all weird things are possible. lol. I enjoyed your photos and seeing the Flintstones again — thanks. 😉

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  3. Dan Antion

    What a fun post Kirt. I’d never heard of this town (other than in the TV show). You’re right, a lot of work went into this. Thanks for taking the time to capture it for us.

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  4. leeseeone

    What a fun read! I’ll have to stop and check this place out next time I’m wandering the Arizona desert! Love the way you shot and presented this attraction!

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  5. teagan geneviene

    Applesauce! Kirt, I’ve never heard of this place. How fun! And I get the idea that it was a real labor of love for the people who built it too. Sharing this one all over the place. Mega hugs!

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  6. lorriebowden

    I think your shots are amazing, Kirt!! I also sprung the 5 bucks to tour this iconic replica of a childhood ‘must see’ television program! And I can honestly say that your photographs more than do it justice!! 😉

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  7. Nancy

    Abstract pictures of these would be amazing! I never knew about this place! Very cool shots!
    I was wifi free all summer but I am back to blogging! I missed your blog posts and will try to scroll through some just to make sure I didn’t miss a thing!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      Thank you….I was just thinking about you the other day….gotta say it was interesting place to visit…working on some abstract prints as we speak! Good to hear from you!!

      Reply
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