Wednesday, February 25, 2009

The way things were

I thought I’d post some pics of how the south side of Main Street looked shortly before the recent travesty. Here are some pictures I took back in November '08 that show the peek-ins and Saloon. I cannot believe that they tore these down. I am so glad that I decided to revisit the park this past year and take a lot of photos of what is/was left. I really believed that if anything was safe it was the remaining buildings on Main Street. Now I know that nothing is sacred. So very sad, I don’t think they even realize what they have done. Those simple peek-ins were not only a part of Southern California history, they were a part of theme park history and a time capsule of a simpler time when people were entertained by displays such as these. My grandparents were entertained by these displays and shared them with my parents who in turn shared them me and I barely got the chance to share them with my children. Four generations of memories leveled.

Assay Office & Deadwood Dick's Grave
Panning right to Hop Wing Lee's Laundry and the Barber Shop

Looking down Main Street at the Silve Dollar Saloon

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Goodbye Main Street!

I went over to the farm today to see the damage for myself. The entire south side of Main Street up to the Grill has been leveled. It looks like Deadwood Dick's grave is the only survivor. The Grill is currently still standing and looked to be open. And now for the photographic evidence.

Construction wall as seen from the entrance

Construction wall looking back up Main Street.

Peeking over the wall, looking East. You can see Deadwood Dick's grave in the upper left.

Panning to the right

A little more to the right.

Full Right, That is the back wall of the Ghost Town Grill on the right hand side.