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Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?
    A. A Southern town, circa 1860 (just before the Civil War), and its Bodehouse Saloon.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A. In Louisiana

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. In Episode 5, of the final Season 7 ("Lost Cause").

    During a party at Sookie's, Bill has a flashback of his days as a human, just before the Civil War,

    We see what appears to be an Old West frontier town, although we are told that it is in fact a town in Louisiana, probably Bon Temps itself.

    Bill, dressed in the clothes of the period, is walking down the busy street, when he meets a slave named Minus, and greets him warmly.  He asks him what is going on with the big crowd at the Bodehouse Saloon.

    Just them, a rather arrogant man, named Charles Dupont, pulls up in his carriage and treats Minus like a servant.  Charles tells Bill that "Lincoln has called his soldiers", and war is about to start.

    Charles seems happy about that, bragging that, given their social standing, they will both be made officers.  Bill is not pleased.

    Inside the saloon, Charles mounts the stairs and delivers a rousing speech about how they must go to war to defend their rights against the North.  The crowd in the saloon eats it up.

    A worried Bill stands and warns them that they are outmatched, that the North is better armed, and that war will only destroy their town.

    He's right, but the crowd is in no mood to hear it. The bartender tells Bill to leave the saloon, that he has no room for "Northern sympathizers".

The location:
Bill's Civil War Flashback

Q. What is it actually, in real life?

    A. An Old West set at a movie ranch.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

This is the Main Street of the Western town at Melody Ranch, located at 24715 Oakcreek Ave, in Newhall, CA.

That's about six miles southeast of Six Flags Magic Mountain, in the foothills of the Santa Clarita area.

Melody Ranch, a 22-acre movie ranch, had its start back in the Silent Movie days of 1915, when Western shorts were all the rage, and Monogram Studios shot hundreds of them here.

In 1952, they sold the ranch to singing cowboy Gene Autry, who named his popular radio show and one of his movies "Melody Ranch".  In the 1990's, it was sold again, and its Old West Main Street (which had been destroyed in a fire in 1962) was restored.

Over the years, they have filmed a zillion Western movies and TV shows here at Melody Ranch, including "High Noon", "Stagecoach", "The Lone Ranger", "Wyatt Earp", "Gunsmoke", "Hopalong Cassidy", "Annie Oakley", "Rin Tin Tin", "The Cisco Kid", "Deadwood" and "Django", with stars that included the likes of John Wayne, Gary Cooper, Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, William S. Hart, and of course, Gene Autry.

The ranch is occasionally open for public tours, and for the annual Cowboy Festival in April.

Here is a matching photo of Main Street at Melody Ranch:

Melody Ranch

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

A.  I did a page about Melody Ranch years ago for my Seeing-Stars site.  So I was pretty sure this was it when I saw the scene.  I double-checked by going to the Melody Ranch website and comparing photos there to the buildings seen in the episode, and was able to make a perfect match (as you can see above).

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