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
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.