My grand parents lived in gold rush country in the mountains near Yosemite and I would spend a few weeks over summer vacation there. One of the nearby towns was an old gold mining town with actual gold mining, a stage coach ride complete with armed bandits and a handmade sweets shop. I remember spending the day in the old town wandering up and down the old plank walk ways, watching the silversmith work metal and taking the stage coach ride endless times. I was brought back to that town while watching Rango. The colors and textures were so inspiring. Splintered old wood, shards of old glass. Dirt and sky! I had a hard time sticking to the story because the visuals were so amazing!