Wandering around Boston a couple of weeks ago, I remarked once again how much mileage the local economy has gotten from its most famous nonexistent watering hole. The Bull and Finch Pub was the inspiration for the fictional bar Cheers, and exterior shots of it were used in the television series (1982-1993), but Cheers itself is still (don't tell the tourists) an imaginary place.
For reasons I can not longer remember, I have a book on my shelves called TVacations, which covers all the sites that couch potatoes in Winnebagos might wish to see related even peripherally to television shows both beloved and obscure. It was written in 1996, so don't go looking for Sopranos locations, but here are a few suggestions that may have their appeal:
- Riverside, Iowa, the self proclaimed "future hometown" of Star Trek's Captain Kirk
- The Maxwell Street Street Station, 14th and Morgan Streets, Chicago, which was used for exterior shots of the police precinct in Hill Street Blues
- The set of "Fort Courage", scene of many an F Troop debacle, now part of a tourist trap that sells native American crafts in Houck, Arizona.
A gold mine, I'm sure you will agree.