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Monday, September 9, 2013

The Curse of Ghost Town Continues

I talked previously about the amusement park known as "Ghost Town in the Sky" and its sordid history of ridiculously bad luck and misfortune.  Recently the amusement park has been struck by another incident.  The incident center's around this man


Robert Bradley, the attractions most famous gun fighter who goes by the stage name "Apache" Kid.  During a recent gunfight an unknown object was launched from a gun (who use blanks) and imbedded itself deeply into the Apache Kid's leg.  The gruesome pictures is HERE if you really want to see it.


The Kid's not hurt in that picture, just pretending.

Apparently, if was a horrifying site and people rushed to help the kid who was gushing blood.  Apparently, the water had been shut off for some reason and no one could wash the Kid's blood off them.   Once he was taken off the Mountain and rushed to the hospital he was asked to consent to a drug test, which he refused.   The parks owner Alaska Presley fired the Apache Kid, under the condition that he could come back if he took his drug test.  Two other gun fighters were fired because of the incident.  


The rest of the gun fighting grew walked off the job in support of their fallen brother.  They have been replaced by Presley.


Now this stirred up a bit of local controversy as The Apache Kid is one of the longest serving cowboys currently working at Ghost Town and was considered one of its key performers.  The Apache Kid worked for no pay when the park at hit its lowest point and proudly stood by Alaska as she purchased the park.

Recently, a mysterious cyber-entity has popped up on facebook.   The being calls himself RB Coburn and claims to be the spirit and protector of Ghost Town.  Coburn has lashed out against Alaska Presley and criticizes her for not only mistreating the employees, but mismanaging the park.  Coburn claims that Presley goal is to convert Ghost Town into a replica of Jerusalem (which is actually part of Presley plan displayed on the website).   Coburn even goes out on a limb and states that Presley had hired her scab gunfighters BEFORE The Apache Kid was shot, implying some level of foul play.

Just another day at Ghost Town, I guess.  The Curse lives on.  I would say this could be the nail in the coffin for Ghost Town, but it seems to be the attraction that won't die.

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3 comments:

  1. I worked up there as a freelance vendor it was horrible rides didn't work too much money was wasted on buses and vans for people who didn't want to ride the lift, and Robert Bradley was a total asshole and one of the longtime managers I guess was upset with the new ownership he committed suicide. All in all I think its time for a change, people are just not into westerns anymore like this guy said at the gun fights kids cry and freak out because they actually think they just witnessed murders.
    I heard Dolly Parton wanted to buy it long ago and they refused would have been a good move considering Dollywood is one of the most successful attractions on the east coast. I don't really care for the whole Jesus thing but fixing everything up there first and changing the theme would be a step in the right direction.

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    1. It's sad, but true. At this point the half hearted way the park is run diminishes its legacy more then anything. I'd say Dolly Parton may be the one person who could save the park.

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  2. I've just been falling into the rabbit hole of Ghost Town drama and found your blog! I used to visit this park as a kid in its boom days and I freaking loved it. I have googled it over the years (I did the opposite of you, grew up in the south and moved to the west as an adult) and here we are again facing another close. The whole thing is crazy and I'm not sure how I feel about Ms. Presley. I can say for sure that I don't care how many tourists it brings in, turning Ghost Town into a corny bible attraction would be as murderous as neglecting it another ten years. I'm glad that plan fell through.

    Also Robert Bradley has a slightly different version of events and a drug test isn't mentioned but I will say that it's pretty telling when a group of gunfighters leave their job. I mean the guys were so dedicated to it that they worked without pay while the place was struggling. How many people do you know that would do that? And there is so much misinformation out there on why exactly it's not open--I just feel like Alaska Presley is at best a shit businesswoman and at worst, absolutely destroying the little park and not letting it die a peaceful death.

    Sidenote, I hope it's okay but I used a few of your photos on my own blog bout this fascinating place, since my visits were all in the 90's I have nothing--I credited you of course! Let me know if you have a problem with it or anything and thanks for writing and documenting. My post is here:
    http://www.thecarpetbagger.org/2013/09/the-curse-of-ghost-town-continues.html

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