When I was growing up in the late 50’s and early 60’s my parents took me to Wild West City located in Netcong, N.J. Wild West City is a re-creation of an old western town with cowboy re-enactments in the street. Now 55 years later it is still there and hasn’t changed a bit. I couldn’t believe it. It was literally like stepping back into time. My time and the old western town’s time. We took our grand nephew there this past week-end and it is still a fun time for the whole family.
Wild West City is modeled after Dodge City and first opened in 1957.There are gunfights in the center of town, bank robberies by the James Gang, Doc Holiday keeps law and order with shoot-outs with bad guys in the street, you can witness the famous Gunfight at OK Corral where Wyatt Earp confronts Ben Thompson, see can-can girls perform (or as my wife smiling sarcastically says, “I wonder if they are saying “I can’t believe my mother is making me do this,” :D), ride stagecoaches and trains that get held up by bandits (all in good fun of course) and have a great time. The sheriff rounds up all the kids and deputizes them to go after various bad guys. The kids use cap guns of course and it all is in good, clean fun. There are shows approximately every 15 minutes.
When we were on the stagecoach I said to my wife, ”If they hold us up just say we’re illegals trying to sneak across the border and have no money.” 😀 to which she replied, “Everyone was illegal in those days.” 😀 Unfortunately we had the last ride of the day and only one lame bandit held us up and didn’t say much except exchange few words to our nephew who was sitting on top with the driver while we were inside the coach.
There is also a petting zoo and a mini golf course and a stream where you can pan for gold. There is the local Golden Nuggett saloon that serves hot dogs, hamburgers, french fries, various soft drinks ice cream cones and ice pops that features live country western music.
Wild West City is open daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day then week-ends thru Columbus Day. They close at 6 p.m. everyday, A small admission around $14 is charged.