Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Colorado Gold Rush Centennial, July 1959 - Part 1

Let's take a detour away from Southern California, and head on up to the mile-high city; Denver, Colorado, circa 1959! I found a group of photos of a mysterious little western town that was set up right near the capitol building. I was baffled - until Patrick (aka Matterhorn1959) stepped in and helped; he knew that this was part of the celebration of the Colorado Gold Rush Centennial. Hey look! There's a bank...


... and a saloon; so far so good! I'll get me a redeye, in a dirty glass. (Gee, there sure are a lot of people gathered in front of those storefronts).


WHAT THU....?! At least, that's what that little girl is thinking, and I don't blame her. It's a cowboy clown. Or a clown cowboy.


Oh man, a gunfight? Can't we solve our differences with a dance-off, like in the movies?? Some dude in a calico shirt is moseying along with the payroll, and the sheriff (looking badass in all black) is not amused. Meanwhile, check out the rocket in front of the capitol building... in 1959, outer space was becoming all the rage.


Oooo, you winged him, sheriff! With your flawless aim, you've spared his sorry life. Just long enough to hang him from the nearest tree! I wonder if the actors got to switch roles? "It's MY turn to be the bad guy!".


I have some more photos from this little western town, so stay tuned.

9 comments:

Chiana_Chat said...

Kind of surreal to me! Old West, Cowboy Clown, Big Ol Rocket, Capitol Building. Can't say they didn't get a big turnout though, looks very busy.

Good thing for the bad guy, the blood won't show too bad with that shirt. :p

Debbie V. said...

Wait - aren't the good guys supposed to wear white?
I see a train.

Connie Moreno said...

LOL, very cool!

DKoren said...

That rocket trips me out! Just seems out of place!

Major Pepperidge said...

Chiana, most amusement parks are pretty surreal when you think about it. That's why they would be so cool to explore at night when they're deserted! Calling Scooby Doo...

Debbie V., yes, but this sheriff is complicated! He's not bad, but he's no angel either. And I can't tell if that train is a static display or if it actually ran.

Glad you liked these Connie! And DKoren, it's the "out of place" factor that makes the scene so great!

JG said...

These are nice, thanks Major, other cities have fun things too.

JG

JG said...

@Chiana, that shirt isn't patterned, that's the residue of the week's performances.

Getting shot 3x a day probably is rough on the laundry.

JG

Chuck said...

Why is he shooting at the laundry?

Chiana_Chat said...

JG - LOL! :D