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    Scottsdale says Goodbye to Rawhide

    After about 35 year, Rawhide, a Frontierland type theme park,
    says So long pardner, to North Scottsdale. From my house,
    I saw the farewell fireworks show, tonight. And they were big, considering
    that I live about 3 miles away.

    It really is sad to see part of the old west (even though it is only
    35 years old) leave the north valley area, only to become parceled
    out for a strip mall or two and a couple housing developments.
    Good Grief, N. Scottsdale has plenty new ones surrounding this area
    already, and a major mall planned no less than two miles away.

    And yes, this area does have a couple large resorts along with
    the Tournament Players Club for golfers, but NOTHING to speak of
    the western heritage, or for family fun in this area. Not even a city park
    in this area. This is certainly a place that residents would bring their
    winter visitors to see and have some old west fun, Fourth of July
    Fireworks, a place for company picnics, and outings. It also was the
    site for rodeo shows.

    With such a large part of the old west leaving this location, the
    the city has by defacto, endorsed the "Snottsdale" branding iron. It
    really is sad to see the charm of this city breaking away.

    Now, a new Rawhide is being built about 20 miles southeast of here.
    There are even planning on moving the store fronts and whatever is
    salvagable to the New Rawhide, which will be on an Indian Reservation.
    Hopefully they will be able to expand to a larger area and add some new
    attractions.

    But for the North Snottsdale, It's very much a good riddance cowboy attitude, that makes this a sad so long. As the song goes, head em up
    ......., Although I've never seen a theme park area moved this far before.

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    Re: Scottsdale says Goodbye to Rawhide

    My friends that live there told me about this and I was shocked! Rawhide's been there forEVER! I know there's the new one being built but its just not the same.

    Amazes me every time I go to the PHX area how big it has become. Pretty soon there'll be tract housing surrounding Taliesin West on the property itself!

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    Re: Scottsdale says Goodbye to Rawhide

    It's practically built up all around Rawhide. It would be nice if they could just
    leave that area as a family reacreation area.

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    Sad Re: Scottsdale says Goodbye to Rawhide

    Rawhide means something special to me. It's where the organizers of the Fiesta Bowl's marching band tournament have been holding their steak fry/party night for all tournament participants for the last few years. I went to this event in 2002 and I had a wonderful time. The best part was the hayride; we were there at night and the stars were absolutely unbelievable. (okay, so I'm from Southern California) I'm really sorry to see this place go.

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    Re: Scottsdale says Goodbye to Rawhide

    That stinks. Iloved Rawhide, went there every 4th of July for awhile. Their fireworks show was awesome, I even got hit by the ashes once!
    The Next Big Disney Thing: starts Jan. 3rd

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