About the Bradshaw Family and A Day in the West
When Bob Bradshaw came to Sedona back in 1945, Sedona was a small agricultural cattle town ripe
In 1949, Bob’s love for photography prompted the building of his first photo studio and Kodak Dealership located in uptown Sedona. Built next to The Hitching Post Restaurant, the business was constructed all by Fox Film set materials from the movie Broken Arrow starring Jimmy Stewart, Jeff Chandler, and Geraldine Page. A horse corral was erected behind the studio and the Bradshaw family opened the first commercial trail riding business that offered tours of the Red Rock country.
Although a few early films were shot in the Sedona area, It was not long after Bob’s arrival that Hollywood turned it’s eye to the pristine beauty and accommodating scenery of the area for the western film genre. Not only did he build the first western town for use in the booming Movie Industry (located beneath Coffee Pot Rock), but was a stuntman, actor, photographer, film location scout, and supplier of cattle, and horses. Bob’s influence with Hollywood left
Later, many of these westerns were filmed on the 140 acre ranch Bob acquired in 1960 for $200 an acre. When he moved in, all that remained of the original homestead abandoned in 1942, was an old adobe house, which still stands today and is believed to be the oldest pioneer structure in the Sedona area. Over the years, the Bradshaw Ranch served as a location for 5 movies, 2 television series, and numerous commercials. For the film “Stay Away Joe” starring Elvis Presley in 1967, the first old town movie set was erected on the ranch called “Bitter Creek” which was used as a set for man later movies, TV series, and commercials eventually being burned down for a Wells Fargo commercial in 1986. The old town was then re-erected to host “A Day in the West’s” western destination town. The town was maintained until the sale of the Ranch to The National Forest (Department of Agriculture), whereupon it was taken down and the land returned to natural desert grasslands…. the adobe house still stands.
His Favorite film was Johnny Guitar (1953 starring Joan Crawford and Sterling Hayden) where he rode in the posse. His favorite movie star was Henry Fonda, who came to town for The Rounders in 1964. Bob said “He was a nice guy”.
Bob went on to become one of the most renowned photographers of Sedona and
Bob Bradshaw passed away on August 8, 2008. Prior to his death, he documented his colorful life and adventures full of rich entertaining Sedona and Arizona history in a book called “The Sedona Man,
JOHN BRADSHAW – CEO
John Bradshaw’s life story is equally interesting with
From a young
From a young age, his dad inspired him to appreciate and respect the beauty of Sedona. He grew up like any young cowboy, loving nature, caring for the land, working cattle, and living on the back of a horse that he most likely broke.
Following in his father’s footsteps, John became a photographer in his own right. Many of the beautiful photos seen on post cards and calendars around town are products of Bradshaw Color Studios.
Growing up, John was close in on the sets of 40 commercials and print ads, contracting jobs as a benefit to his father’s location work in the film industry.Bob Bradshaw’s horseback riding company continued on past the photo shop and John became the head
Ranch life creates a richness of character and a passion and dedication to everything you do throughout the day. This became the solid foundation of character that dictated the rest of his life as a business man, politician, advocate for the land, and as a good husband and father. Married to his high school sweetheart Maree, he’s a proud father of two beautiful children, Jillian and Mason.
John’s accolades and numerous and most revolve around the contributions to this community. In 2003, he was awarded “The Main Street Person” of the year award. In 2004, he became the only Sedona native to be elected to the city council. He continues to be active within the community as the Sedona High School football coach and a positive roll model to the youth of Sedona as well as an exceptional boss to his numerous employees.
In the mid-nineties John took over the management of the Bradshaw Ranch, using it as a destination for horseback rides and jeep tours. During this time he also purchased Sedona Photo Tours,