Sunday, September 29, 2013

Photo Essay: The Faces of Bonnie Springs Ranch, Old Nevada

In the Pioneer Days, a lot of wagon trains made their way through Old Nevada merely on their way to California. Perhaps lured by California gold instead of Nevada silver, or by the ocean instead of landlocked desert, that meant they had to cross Death Valley to get there.

They needed a place to cool off and get a drink of water before they made the arduous trip, one that as we know, many didn't make all the way through. Now within the Red Rock Canyon area, Bonnie Springs Ranch was built as such a stopover point, and a century later was transformed into a tourist attraction, a good place to take a break from Vegas.

Like Pioneertown or even Paramount Ranch, it's a throwback that glorifies gunfights and public hangings and mining and saloon girls.

But when you visit, there are many faces watching you walk through.

In the petting zoo...











...through the "Old Town"...









...in the Shooting Gallery...







...and on the front porch, greeting you when you arrive...



...and practically winking at you as you go...



...beckoning visitors, "Y'All Come Back Soon" to Old Nevada.

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