A rural Easton ranch has been turned into a place of inspiration for artists, photographers and filmmakers.
“This is a movie set used by working western artists to create historic art of the frontier,” said Robert Culbertson, owner-operator of American Frontier Productions.
Artists pay a fee and Culbertson furnishes the set, actors, livestock and wardrobes.
The site includes a livery stable, dugout, log cabin, dry goods store, hotel, saloon, cantina and freight store.
“There’s really nothing like this around here,” Culbertson said. “It’s like a living museum.”
He said the business, located at 247th St. in rural Easton, has been in operation for about five years.
Culbertson is the owner-operator of the business, while Dick DeShon of St. Joseph, Missouri, is a financial partner.
Culbertson makes the site available, by appointment only, on a limited basis for such things as corporate outings.
The business is not open to the public yet, but it soon will be.
Culbertson said plans are underway to open the site to children and their families.
He said the plans are to have a grand opening in the second week of June 2019.
“It’s going to be a hands-on history experience for children,” he said.
He said children will get the chance to dress up in frontier clothing, throw a rope, ride a pony and mine for fake gold.
He said admission will be $10 per person, but children 10-under will be admitted free.
He said the site will be offering event space for such things as corporate functions, weddings, birthdays, receptions, etc.
The site is located in a rural setting. Power is produced by generators. There are no restroom facilities except for portable ones.
Culbertson has experience in western frontier re-enactment. He said he has acted as an extra in about 40 films and historical documentaries since 1997.
He said the films have featured stars such as Kevin Costner, Sam Elliott, Buck Taylor and Gary Busey.
Culbertson said he was born in the Easton area and graduated from Immaculata Catholic High School in 1976.
He worked in corrections, law enforcement and construction for many years. He now works at a St. Joseph, Missouri, museum as a custodian.
For more information, contact Culbertson at 913-704-5536 or check out American Frontier Productions on Facebook.