This project scope was to 3D laser scan and document the existing conditions of the Elvis Chapel located at the Superstition Mountain Museum in Apache Junction Arizona.
December of 2022
The "Elvis Chapel" was originally part of the movie set built at Apacheland Movie Ranch, in Gold Canyon Arizona. The Apacheland Barn and Elvis Chapel are the last surviving structures from Apacheland Movie Ranch. They are both now located at the Superstition Mountain Museum.
The "Elvis Chapel" was named so because it was featured in the 1969 Elvis Presley movie "Charro" - The only movie Elvis made in which he did not sing.
Nowadays the chapel is used by the Apache Junction Cowboy Church services on Sundays and also available for Wedding ceremonies.
On Valentine’s Day, 2004, Apacheland Movie Ranch, which was located in present-day Gold Canyon along Kings Ranch Road, was almost totally destroyed by a tragic fire whipped by high winds.
The only buildings that escaped being ravaged were the so-called Elvis Chapel that had been built for use in the Western movie “Charro,” and the Apacheland Barn which had been used in many Western films shot in Apacheland in the 1950s and 1960s. Both were located at the far eastern edge of the Western town.
Owners of Apacheland Move Ranch, Sue and Ed Birmingham donated the surviving buildings to the Historical Society and volunteers once again undertook a huge task of moving and reconstruction.
Animation of RAW scan data from Elvis Chapel Project