Mr. Lovelady and I have memories of the park when we were kids. One afternoon he told me stories of gunfights, train rides, the general store, gravel roads, dusty sidewalks and can-can dancers in the saloon.
My memories have been relegated to my parents digging out old pictures and saying “You were there.” I vaguely remember the train and being told to stand in front of it while someone took my picture.
Now a shopping center sits on the property and my children’s memories included getting their hair cut in the hair salon we frequent.
When Kirby Farm in Williston, FL held the Six Gun Territory Reunion. We bought tickets and took the kids. It was time to change these memories.
We were able to meet many of the legendary gunfighters, ride a train with a staged robbery and watch can-can dancers dance. There were a few relics from the park that included a couple of old sky ride cars and a stage coach. We watched a series of gunfights take place in front of a small replica of Six Gun Territory’s Palace Saloon.
It helped that we knew some of the players involved in the weekend. The kids got to see Mr. Jim, a Six Gun Legend Gun Fighter. A friend of mine, Miss Jamie, was not only a Can-can dancer but was there because her mom worked at the park as a dancer. Will was captivated and for days would mumble “Miss Jamie is a can-can dancer and can-can dancers can dance.”
Lizzie had a conversation with a cowboy named Snake which left her excited to tell her friends all about it at school on Monday.
My new favorite picture of Evelyn was taken this way and prompted Mr. L. to make her a Six Gun Territory wanted poster.
As with most things, when something old is brought back, it is never the same as the original. But for one afternoon we were able to relive our old memories and make news ones at the same time.