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Title: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on November 16, 2013, 06:46:20 AM
Let's take another trip back in time! Over the winter months, I sometimes post photos of "the Silver Dollar City we all remember from our youth." I wanted to start the 2013-14 winter season with photos of craftsmen and women from the 1960's-1980's.
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"You have a Great Past Ahead of You!"
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http://www.flickr.com/photos/juniordugan 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Duelist on November 16, 2013, 07:45:32 AM
Wow!!!  Excellent pictures!  Thanks Junior!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on November 16, 2013, 08:58:33 AM
Junior, You need to put together a book!  There are enough people who remember the old days and wish for its return.  Great photos! Until you look at photos like these, you don't realize how much the park has actually changed.  I really miss all the crafters, but I think mostly I miss the old signage.  It had such character.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on November 16, 2013, 02:03:46 PM
Duelist and Gilligan, thanks for the nice comments. Think of how many of those crafts no longer are exhibited or sold at the park. Many things have changed over the years. In the weeks and months to come, I'll post old photos of some of the "lost" rides, shows, and attractions at the park. That will really jog some folks and take them down memory lane. I encourage anyone with a bunch of old photos to post them here, I love looking at stuff, especially things I have not seen before, or in a long time. POST AWAY! :)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: History Buff on November 16, 2013, 03:11:51 PM
I haven't forgotten a relatively recent survey that included options for some major craft-type additions.  Think they decided to go a different direction, or might those still be in the works?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: okiebluegrass on November 18, 2013, 10:22:26 AM
Now THAT is the SDC I remember!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on November 18, 2013, 06:40:33 PM
Now THAT is the SDC I remember!

Me too!  It's also the one I miss terribly and want back!  :)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on November 18, 2013, 09:05:05 PM
I personally knew and/or worked with at least 11 of the people pictured. They were some wonderful people. I'm glad many of you remember them, too. I'll have some more of these old photos of other things on park in the weeks to come. Be looking for them! :)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on December 11, 2013, 09:59:22 PM
I was cruising the Internet, and took another look at the Rube Dugan's Diving Bell Facebook page. Discovered some additional photos that I posted on my Flickr site. Two are well known 1977 publicity shots for the diving bell taken by a SDC photographer. The third is a unique photo I'd never seen before from the collection of noted Branson entertainer Bob Nichols, who is a former "Junior." It is a picture of Bob, Darin Hustead, Bill "Moose" Hensley, and James A. Peterson circa 1979-1980 standing on top of the lake submersible that used to emerge from the "cave" adjacent to the wharf at the diving bell. If you visit Lost River you can see the cave, partially submerged by the water in the lake. Hope you enjoy.                 http://www.flickr.com/photos/juniordugan   
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on December 31, 2013, 04:55:48 PM
Coming soon...more pictures from the past at SDC! (I've deleted the arts and crafts photos, but left the diving bell, float trip, and Hee Haw Theater photos.) I'm looking through the material I have on file now, and within a few days, I'll post some photos of rides, attractions, and shows. Be looking for them!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on January 03, 2014, 05:17:43 PM
As promised: Old rides, shows, and attractions, 1970-mid 1980's at SDC. Hope you like what you see!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/juniordugan  
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 16, 2014, 08:14:40 PM
We still have about a month before the first rope drop of 2014. Thought I'd post a few scans of some old brochures showing how festivals changed over the years from 1978-1987. There was a spring crafts show, a mountain folks music festival, fall crafts show, later on an Ozark Folk Life Festival, headline entertainment like Kitty Wells, Ricky Skaggs, and the Whites, a clogging competition, and later on a Olde Country Folk Festival which later developed into Worldfest, a quilt show and sale, and a square dance weekend. All of those festivals have come and gone, with the exception of the fall crafts show. Times change. It is funny also how some years the park really pushed the festivals, and other years, the festivals only got a brief and tiny mention in the brochures. Anyway, hope you find what you see interesting...    http://www.flickr.com/photos/juniordugan
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on February 16, 2014, 08:25:13 PM
A few years ago (not that many) SDC entered quilts in the national quilt show, AQS - a juried show in Paducah, KY.  Quilts from around the world are entered in this show, and I haven't missed a show in 15 yrs.  I always got excited waiting to see what SDC was showing.  I'm not sure why there are no longer entering. 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: thelarsonsix on February 17, 2014, 09:44:41 AM
When did OTC start? I would have thought before '87.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 17, 2014, 11:43:19 AM
I think OTC started in '88 or '89. I went to a couple of early OTC's when not many lights, or even shops or attractions were open. The OTC we know now is so much better, and the lights are great.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Swoosh on February 17, 2014, 11:50:52 AM
Before it was named OTC, it was the 12 days of Christmas
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 18, 2014, 04:59:12 PM
How about one more walk back in time before the 2014 season begins? Let's go back to 1979, and see some photos from the SDC employee newsletter that show people and places on the park...a month by month look at a few highlights for SDC. Also a couple of photos pulled from local newspapers for some things that would debut in 1980.
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Some things you will see: A juice cart from which the fruit shaped plastic drink cartons were sold from, Shad introducing the Susan B. Anthony quarter, A banner day when 20,000 guests came through the turn styles, filming the Stan Hitchcock Show at the Courthouse Theater, construction at a new park called Whitewater, the old basket shop (current inspirational painter art gallery), and Senator John Danforth visits SDC.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/juniordugan                   Click on photos to enlarge them and see descriptions I wrote.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: thelarsonsix on February 18, 2014, 06:59:29 PM
My gosh Danforth looks young in that picture. What was he then about 30?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: okiebluegrass on February 19, 2014, 09:11:51 AM
Love, love, love these pictures Junior. Keep em coming
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on February 19, 2014, 11:14:37 AM
I was there on Sept. 29, 1979 - the day with 20,000 guests!  The hubs and I were married the night before, and we spent our very first married day at SDC.  It was a beautiful day, and park stayed opened an extra hour that night because of the large crowd.  It was a great day!!   ;D
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 19, 2014, 03:44:40 PM
I was there, too. Hope you will forgive me if I accidentally elbowed you or stepped on your foot in the busy city streets...that was not a fun day to be working...I was worn out. Blah! ;)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on February 19, 2014, 06:01:06 PM
Junior, I was euphorically in love!  I didn't notice the crowd!  I do remember being thrilled when the announcement was made that they would stay open longer.  The hubs had never been there before, so he had lots of things to look at. Well, uh…you know, besides his beautiful bride!  LOL!!!! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 20, 2014, 04:22:41 PM
LOL!!!!! :D
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on February 28, 2014, 04:37:51 PM
It's about housecleaning time again. I will purge my Flickr site within the next week or so to make room for new 2014 photos...the season is about here. Take another look before the things posted are wiped out and put back in the old filing cabinet.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Junior on March 10, 2014, 04:33:56 PM
Housecleaning done. Ready for the 2014 season. Hope to see you there!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: History Buff on July 18, 2014, 06:40:08 PM
Never-before-seen pictures of the iconic Bob Hope at SDC for OTC:

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I must admit, it felt like he was really being "handled".  After trucking to the square in a golf cart to turn on the Christmas tree, they trucked him into the Marketplace for autographs.  At this point in his life, it seemed a little like Weekend at Bernies.  Kind of sad.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: puaa001 on February 20, 2015, 12:49:49 AM
Really nice pictures.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 26, 2018, 08:52:05 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of The Volunteer Fire Station at SDC.  Can anyone tell me what is located there today and using the same building with a few modifications.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1963/44811630604_ee875888a5_o.jpg

Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: SDC-BMW on August 26, 2018, 09:15:00 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of The Volunteer Fire Station at SDC.  Can anyone tell me what is located there today and using the same building with a few modifications.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/00000003_zpskslqqxnx.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/00000003_zpskslqqxnx.jpg.html)

Knife Shop?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 26, 2018, 09:24:17 PM
Yes it is and still looks pretty much the same as 50 years ago.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1941/45540969101_8369398384_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 27, 2018, 11:40:31 AM
Here is a slide/picture of the entrance to the Hospitality House in 1968 with a comparable view as it looks today.  Seems like it was a lot simpler and less congested than now.  Sure is a nice touch with the older couple walking in, and  also notice the two trees on the left have sure grown up in 50 years.


(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/5144abb2-f429-48c7-b77f-bdbc08564629_zpsxwnabjfv.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/5144abb2-f429-48c7-b77f-bdbc08564629_zpsxwnabjfv.jpg.html)
(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/cd14c096-ee5d-4f84-8e3a-47913a996a1a_zpsuciku6ny.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/cd14c096-ee5d-4f84-8e3a-47913a996a1a_zpsuciku6ny.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: DeweyBald on August 27, 2018, 07:19:31 PM
That is a cool picture!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 27, 2018, 09:01:06 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1961 of The Wilderness Church.  You gotta love the signs that were made during the early years of the park.  This was a time when the city square was used as parking.


https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1934/44811608494_e9237dff2b_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 28, 2018, 02:13:20 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 looking down Hugo's Hill Street at the old stagecoach depot.  I am guessing it was took about at the break where you would walk to the old treehouse.   Also I believe Fire-In-The-Hole would be about right behind it and the road going to the left would go up by the Opera House and Powder Keg. 

 https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1928/45486709362_7d1d70d8c9_o.jpg

I cropped this picture on the right below so someone might tell me what I am looking at?  It looks to me like it is the slide from the Treehouse, but I always remembered sliding out and coming out facing the old Jack's Sandwich Shop, and not in the main street.  Anyway if anyone can shed some light on this I would appreciate it.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/00000002_zps6ektzxpc.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/00000002_zps6ektzxpc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on August 28, 2018, 06:01:37 PM
those are some great pics.... ;D
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 28, 2018, 06:43:02 PM
Thanks Sanddunerider.......I appreciate that!  Just glad I can pass them on for someone to enjoy as much as I do.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: History Buff on August 28, 2018, 06:45:20 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 looking down Hugo's Hill Street at the old stagecoach depot.  I am guessing it was took about at the break where you would walk to the old treehouse.   Also I believe Fire-In-The-Hole would be about right behind it and the road going to the left would go up by the Opera House and Powder Keg. 

 (http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/7ca0e04c-bed9-4b9e-81c1-980c2ee28fc0_zpscqhrqqb8.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/7ca0e04c-bed9-4b9e-81c1-980c2ee28fc0_zpscqhrqqb8.jpg.html)

I cropped this picture on the right below so someone might tell me what I am looking at?  It looks to me like it is the slide from the Treehouse, but I always remembered sliding out and coming out facing the old Jack's Sandwich Shop, and not in the main street.  Anyway if anyone can shed some light on this I would appreciate it.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/00000002_zps6ektzxpc.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/00000002_zps6ektzxpc.jpg.html)

Is that something with wheels parked underneath?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 28, 2018, 07:18:54 PM
Yes it definitely is wheels, and I seem to remember some wheels under the slide at the Treehouse.   I remember the slide would not take you clear to the end and you would have to scoot yourself a few feet to just get off it.....almost going back uphill.  This sure looks like the slide but coming out in this location just doesn't seem right. 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 28, 2018, 07:41:48 PM
I was looking and found a picture of the slide at the end with someone coming down.  That looks to me like it could very well be the slide because where her right hand is sure looks the same in both pictures.  Maybe it wasn't always at this location?

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1912/44828348314_a1332cb723_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 29, 2018, 09:32:24 AM
Here are a couple of pictures from 1968 of the cannon shoot platform that was just behind the church.  I believe there was a competition  between Union and Confederate soldiers. They would shoot  concrete filled oil cans at a target in the valley. 

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1980/44811630144_da56c75f85_o.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1950/31664594588_faaab1526b_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sirwillow on August 29, 2018, 02:39:24 PM
Loving these classic photos!!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 29, 2018, 03:05:23 PM
Glad you are sirwillow!  Makes you wish you could just jump right into the picture and look around for awhile  :)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 29, 2018, 03:26:16 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of the Homestead.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1958/45486708292_2fcdc40445_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Jemmicat on August 29, 2018, 04:40:23 PM
So wait... There used to be a slide at the end of Huck Finn's Hideaway (As I knew it)? I remember the space room where it was all black with mirrors and christmas lights... That always freaked me out when I was a kid

And a Cannon shooting platform???!?!??! That would have been so cool to see. I remember when you were able to buy and shoot muskets. My dad actually bought one from there one year on vacation
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 29, 2018, 07:09:13 PM
So wait... There used to be a slide at the end of Huck Finn's Hideaway (As I knew it)? I remember the space room where it was all black with mirrors and christmas lights... That always freaked me out when I was a kid

And a Cannon shooting platform???!?!??! That would have been so cool to see. I remember when you were able to buy and shoot muskets. My dad actually bought one from there one year on vacation


Yes there was a slide at the end of Huck Finn's Hideway but when the slide was there it was called Herman The Hermit's Tree Top House.  The slide was not there for a long time.   Yes the slide came out of what you are calling the space room or infinity room which I think it was actually called.  You could exit by sliding out or finding the door if you were lucky.   It was fairly easy to get lost because of the maze you had to walk thru and  lack of lighting.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: DollarCityBoy on August 30, 2018, 09:28:38 AM
I have loved looking at all these pictures Pintrader! I only know sdc from 1987 on, so anything from before that time has always intrigued me.

In my mind I can remember Huck Finn's Hideaway from the late 80's-early 90's, but wish I could see some pictures of it on the inside from that time and before. I remember the window's you could 'shoot' the guns at the long johns hanging in the trees along with the green-screen that captured your shadow when the light flashed. I wish I could remember some of the other gags, I'm sure there were more. I remember climbing the 'tree' staircase with my dad and crossing the little swinging bridge. Later they added netting so you had to cross it on your knees, at that point my dad said "Nope." The only way down during my childhood was the back staircase. But apparently at some point there was also a bridge that took you to a little door located in the Toy Shop (now woodcarvers), the door is still there if you know where to look.

Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 30, 2018, 10:02:20 AM
Glad you have enjoyed looking at them DollarCityBoy!  As we get older our memories fade a little and we just can't remember the things we could before.   I remember trips to SDC in the 1960's and 70's when my mother would ask "why are you not taking your camera".   I remember thinking at the time I was not going to lug a camera around all day and waste my time.......it would just slow me down.  Boy do I wish I had listened to her!  There are a lot of pictures that were took in that time period, but finding them is another story.  Most have just been discarded I would say.  I don't believe I have ever seen a movie or pictures taken inside the old treehouse.....very rare.   
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 30, 2018, 10:09:57 AM
Here is a slide/picture also from 1968 of an old tram picking up people to take to the main gate.   Probably didn't have to stay behind the white line in those days.......just load up.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1945/45486707622_6858b3f738_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on August 30, 2018, 11:08:51 AM
^^^^^   NICE!! ;D
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: shavethewhales on August 30, 2018, 11:09:21 AM
These are great Pintrader, thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on August 30, 2018, 11:57:56 AM
Your very welcome!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 05, 2018, 10:59:33 AM
Here is a slide/picture of the train depot/flooded mine from 1968 and one from the present. 

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/389a1022-35f7-4617-bb8b-d6dc26cb9a77_zps9tvm7fh4.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/389a1022-35f7-4617-bb8b-d6dc26cb9a77_zps9tvm7fh4.jpg.html)
(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/1ee0ec87-fb94-4a6b-919d-d522e92b9c75_zpsh4uczsjc.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/1ee0ec87-fb94-4a6b-919d-d522e92b9c75_zpsh4uczsjc.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Okiebenz on September 05, 2018, 03:54:15 PM
The FM sure had a lot more theming on the outside with that water chute coming down the front.  Wish it was still like that. 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: MCLFLN on September 06, 2018, 04:27:46 AM
100% agree!
Every year we make sure we ride the flooded mine because we are worried it won't be there the following year...
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: DollarCityBoy on September 06, 2018, 10:08:01 AM
We were at the park this past Saturday and rode the FM. There was no music playing at all during the entire ride...which made for an almost eerie experience. The saw blade affect was also not working.

As some have said before, the new Time Traveler food court set-up really hides the FM. I can see how it would be extremely easy for a 1st time guest to completely miss it.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 06, 2018, 02:15:24 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of the water wheel used for grinding at what was called the Stone-Burr Mill, and is now called Sullivan's Mill.  Also, a picture of what it looks like today.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/02bc38ce-7864-4361-865f-42437d104bbd_zpso3qycnss.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/02bc38ce-7864-4361-865f-42437d104bbd_zpso3qycnss.jpg.html)
(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/DSC_0042_zpspmrh4tni.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/DSC_0042_zpspmrh4tni.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on September 06, 2018, 05:09:50 PM
Water wheel area is one of my favorites, I could watch water flow, and work for hours.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: mhguy77 on September 07, 2018, 07:36:39 AM
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Water wheel area is one of my favorites, I could watch water flow, and work for hours.
After looking at these pictures I am tempted to go throw a bunch of seeds off that bridge.  The green looks beautiful. 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on September 07, 2018, 08:59:32 AM
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Water wheel area is one of my favorites, I could watch water flow, and work for hours.
After looking at these pictures I am tempted to go throw a bunch of seeds off that bridge.  The green looks beautiful.

Oh!  Thats a great idea...  An assortment of wild flowers maybe? 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: mhguy77 on September 07, 2018, 03:12:21 PM
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Oh!  Thats a great idea...  An assortment of wild flowers maybe?
I couldn't care if it were weeds and Virginia creeper, seems like when wildfire was added it was decided stripped hillsides were acceptable.  Our latest example being TT valley that is an abomination to the natural beauty of the Ozarks.  I miss the green lushness of the old mill wheel pic, its a place I desire to explore, unlike the bald ground.   I hope they do something with that valley and lay off the weed eating.  I will tell you if we threw a few packs of Morning glorys off that bridge the valley would be in bloom for years to come.  Once morning glorys take hold you can't get them gone!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on September 07, 2018, 10:00:47 PM
I'm game! Let's do it!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sdcfan88 on September 08, 2018, 02:25:56 AM
I couldn't care if it were weeds and Virginia creeper, seems like when wildfire was added it was decided stripped hillsides were acceptable.  Our latest example being TT valley that is an abomination to the natural beauty of the Ozarks.  I miss the green lushness of the old mill wheel pic, its a place I desire to explore, unlike the bald ground.   I hope they do something with that valley and lay off the weed eating.  I will tell you if we threw a few packs of Morning glorys off that bridge the valley would be in bloom for years to come.  Once morning glorys take hold you can't get them gone!

Yeah I was hoping when they did all that clearing for TT that it was gonna be for some extensive theming elements and landscaping along with the track. Instead all we got was a few leftover trees and retaining walls. Which if I were to poke a negative on TT it would be that it feels a bit like a parking lot coaster due to to that. WF is kinda in the same category though it looks better now that stuff finally rooted itself and grew up in that rocky clay dirt surrounding it but it took a decade to do so on its own.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Coaster on September 08, 2018, 08:14:47 AM
I love this thread with all the old pictures. Thank you so much!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: chittlins on September 08, 2018, 11:55:04 AM
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Oh!  Thats a great idea...  An assortment of wild flowers maybe?
I couldn't care if it were weeds and Virginia creeper, seems like when wildfire was added it was decided stripped hillsides were acceptable.  Our latest example being TT valley that is an abomination to the natural beauty of the Ozarks.  I miss the green lushness of the old mill wheel pic, its a place I desire to explore, unlike the bald ground.   I hope they do something with that valley and lay off the weed eating.  I will tell you if we threw a few packs of Morning glorys off that bridge the valley would be in bloom for years to come.  Once morning glorys take hold you can't get them gone!

At the very least, they should have mulches it up. But, yeah, they could have done much better with pocket of plants that would never in order with the rides. I hate seeing basic chainlink fence as well knowing that it comes coated in browns and greens.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 10, 2018, 11:17:24 AM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of The Lucky Silver Mine restaurant complex on Main Street.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1953/44811629104_f72d67dd5a_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: mhguy77 on September 10, 2018, 03:25:43 PM
Call me crazy but I don't remember the second floor to the mill/mine.  Is this an office area now?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 10, 2018, 04:28:22 PM
Call me crazy but I don't remember the second floor to the mill/mine.  Is this an office area now?

As far as I know this is still open and you still can go upstairs and eat.  At least it was the last time I ask about it. They only open this area up once in a while.....I presume when it is filled downstairs in Mollly's Mill Restaurant.  I have been told if you ask to eat upstairs they will accommodate you.  That probably depends upon who you ask and what mood they are in  :). 
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 10, 2018, 07:38:58 PM
I love this thread with all the old pictures. Thank you so much!

Your welcome Coaster!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 12, 2018, 09:41:05 AM
Here is a slide/picture from 1961 of the swinging bridge and a picture of the view today.   This is how you could come into the city back then.  In this picture your back would be to Christmas Hollow, and parking would be where The Flooded Mine is today.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/00000033_zpsrc3szz3o.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/00000033_zpsrc3szz3o.jpg.html)
(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/DSC_0134-001_zpsj9jgthzd.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/DSC_0134-001_zpsj9jgthzd.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: KBCraig on September 16, 2018, 10:38:40 PM
Here is a slide/picture from 1968 of The Lucky Silver Mine restaurant complex on Main Street.

(http://i1378.photobucket.com/albums/ah101/Super605/89edb0ce-3a6d-424e-94ea-c36237d09492_zpsadn0bfrn.jpg) (http://s1378.photobucket.com/user/Super605/media/89edb0ce-3a6d-424e-94ea-c36237d09492_zpsadn0bfrn.jpg.html)

Parking stripes still visible. :)
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on September 17, 2018, 07:29:59 AM
thats just too cool!
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on September 17, 2018, 09:30:27 AM
Here is a couple of slide/pictures from 1961 of Old Matt's Cabin.  Made famous by the story of The Shepherd Of The Hills book.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1966/45537150421_154581757c_o.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1921/31664563378_c07e9a11ae_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 12, 2018, 01:15:32 PM
Here are a couple of slides/pictures from 1970 of the robber's shack on the train ride.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1908/31664540558_6329def4aa_o.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1901/31664541318_f614d99e49_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 13, 2018, 06:57:43 AM
Here is another slide/picture from 1970 of the holdup on the train ride.   Notice how the hillbilly look is really in style at this time.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1932/31664540338_d2e9425d1c_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sirwillow on October 14, 2018, 03:35:07 PM
Wow what a difference in outfits for both the conductor and the robber. 

Terrible looking conductor outfit if you ask me, with the plaid.  Only way to really know he's a conductor is the hat.  I like when they went to the black vest and solid white or blue dress shirt.

the robber at least looks about right.  hehe  Love the red vest he's got over the bibs.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 25, 2018, 11:36:35 AM
Here is a slide/picture looking down Valley Road circa 1970.  A lot more rail fences around during this period of time.   

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1930/45486707062_1a25a45746_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: DollarCityBoy on October 25, 2018, 01:19:58 PM
Look at that large sign on the left advertising the "Lucky Silver Mine" aka Flooded Mine.
Wish FM would still see that sort of recognition/advertisement/signage, its almost completely hidden now.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 25, 2018, 05:04:34 PM
Look at that large sign on the left advertising the "Lucky Silver Mine" aka Flooded Mine.
Wish FM would still see that sort of recognition/advertisement/signage, its almost completely hidden now.

Here is an old black & white picture I believe of the same sign, and around the same time frame.  Looks like some of the things on the signs are different.....but still think they are both the same sign.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1978/45507145472_06957c7185_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 26, 2018, 09:05:05 PM
Here is a picture from circa 1970 of the building on the left as you enter The Flooded Mine (still there today).   Back in those days you would have a ticket you would get punched before entering a ride, and I believe this guy was out there to do the punching.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1915/44643343385_e2ff655b9e_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: KBCraig on October 27, 2018, 06:42:33 PM
Here is a picture from circa 1970 of the building on the left as you enter The Flooded Mine (still there today).   Back in those days you would have a ticket you would get punched before entering a ride, and I believe this guy was out there to do the punching.

That's correct.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 28, 2018, 08:18:06 AM
Here is a slide/picture from 1970 of the Hobo's taking over the caboose on the train ride.  I really like the Hobo's feet hanging out the windows of the caboose.  Sorry about the slight blurriness of the picture, it was a moving shot from the train.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1925/44811594814_588b2f949b_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sanddunerider on October 28, 2018, 09:04:56 AM
Pintrader,  a couple of great pics... thanks
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: kbosch1 on October 29, 2018, 10:24:37 AM
These are great.   
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 29, 2018, 04:29:15 PM
Pintrader,  a couple of great pics... thanks
These are great.   

Thank you...glad you like them!

Here is another slide/picture from circa 1970.   Looks like it was took on Main Street with the church to his right.  Don't know this man, but he looks like my kind of guy.  Hamming it up for the camera.....pretty funny.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1902/44811594234_a79e7d6e96_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sirwillow on October 30, 2018, 07:54:04 AM
Absolutely loving these old photos.  So many from well before I ever would have had the chance to visit, it's my only way to see and "experience" the park and what it was like back then.  Very neat to see what has changed over the years and what hasn't.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 30, 2018, 08:46:40 PM
Here is a black and white photo I would guess to be mid 1960's or about.  It is of the Pawn & loan Shop which was located between the Doll Shop and SDC Bank.   The Doll shop back in that day was located in what is today Hannah's Ice Cream Factory.  In that day Hannah's was separated into two areas.   So, as you walk today it would be between Hannah's and Percy's Southwest Grill, and directly in front of the entrance to Grandfather's Mansion.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1901/44643343405_029f635d82_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: armulesknnr on October 31, 2018, 02:41:52 PM
Great photos Pintrader, they take me back to my childhood. It's nice to remember what it looked like when I first started going to SDC in 1968
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 31, 2018, 03:04:45 PM
Great photos Pintrader, they take me back to my childhood. It's nice to remember what it looked like when I first started going to SDC in 1968

That's great to hear!  Thank you....glad you enjoy them.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on October 31, 2018, 03:26:45 PM
This picture from 1973 has been posted before but it's been awhile, so here it is again.   This is off 76 and 265 highway going down into SDC.  Don't believe there was even a stop light in those days.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1945/44739835475_d94d89356b_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on October 31, 2018, 03:49:01 PM
This picture from 1973 has been posted before but it's been awhile, so here it is again.   This is off 76 and 265 highway going down into SDC.  Don't believe there was even a stop light in those days.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1945/44739835475_d94d89356b_o.jpg

I love that! I remember it well.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: shavethewhales on October 31, 2018, 07:56:12 PM
Oh man, I remember people requesting photos of that sign. I'm sure it's as nostalgic to some as the log and waterfall are to my generation.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Gilligan on November 01, 2018, 09:53:57 AM
Does anyone remember the blue sparkling SDC billboard on S 65 years ago?  It looked like it was made of little round metallic discs that shimmered like water? It was coolest billboard! I'm guessing maybe it was put up the year LR was installed. Pintrader, are these family photos you're posting?  I wish I had some of them; haven't found anything like them in our family photos yet.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 01, 2018, 10:47:50 AM
Pintrader, are these family photos you're posting?  I wish I had some of them; haven't found anything like them in our family photos yet.

No Gilligan, I went to SDC quite a few times during the 60's and 70's but thought it was a waste of time lugging a camera around.  That was a pretty stupid way of thinking looking back now.  The black and white pictures I purchased a few years ago and just scanned them.   The color ones are slides that I have purchased and made into digital pictures.  I hated to think these old slides might be thrown away, and fans like the ones on this site not ever get to see them.    Fact is I just purchased around 20 or so slides from 1977 of SDC, and should get them digitalized in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 05, 2018, 09:21:02 AM
Here is a picture from circa 1969 of some of the great signage that was around the city at that time.  I have no idea where this was located.....maybe someone on here could let us know.


https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1904/44643343795_3f3e6b3a4e_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 06, 2018, 08:19:51 AM
Here is a slide/picture from circa 1970 entering the Float Trip.  Your job was to help find Joe Clark and you would walk up thru the mill (still there) and down to the boats.  I remember the boats being fairly large and being able to hold several people.  The loading area today for American Plunge is in the same location as was the Float Trip.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1941/44811595034_71f1530621_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Okiebenz on November 06, 2018, 05:24:09 PM
Is that the spot where the walk way turns right then goes down the steps to the loading station currently?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: sirwillow on November 06, 2018, 05:43:02 PM
Here is a slide/picture from circa 1970 entering the Float Trip.  Your job was to help find Joe Clark and you would walk up thru the mill (still there) and down to the boats.  I remember the boats being fairly large and being able to hold several people.  The loading area today for American Plunge is in the same location as was the Float Trip.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1941/44811595034_71f1530621_o.jpg

boy, sure couldn't get away today with doing what he's doing in that photo.  my how times have changed
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 06, 2018, 06:58:25 PM
Is that the spot where the walk way turns right then goes down the steps to the loading station currently?

This guy is standing about midway where you watch the plunge from the platform today, and the mill which was the entrance.   I have another old picture from the internet that shows the entrance to the old Float Trip.   The entrance is right behind the man sitting down.  Sorry about the quality of the picture,  but the answer to your question is no.  The loading today is on the other side of the mill in these pictures.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4820/30817419047_e7734ff2ca_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 06, 2018, 07:51:33 PM
Here is another old picture from the internet of The Float Trip.  The walkway above these riders comes from the mill that is still there today, and the mill would be to their left.  The splash down would be just in back of them today. Once the boat stopped people would unload to the left, and new riders would load from the right.  Of course the American Plunge goes in the opposite direction than the Float Trip did.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4825/45707642622_d964879aa0_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 07, 2018, 03:41:27 PM
Here is a photo circa 1968 of the windmill that was located on Main Street.   I will give it the old college try and say the church is located just to the left in this picture.  The building in the back is probably the weaving shop with the second building being the lye soap building (can't really see).  Which is the leather shop and lye soap today.  If I am wrong straighten me out on this.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1979/44643343735_3f6b6066d3_o.jpg
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: History Buff on November 07, 2018, 04:18:50 PM
Here is a photo circa 1968 of the windmill that was located on Main Street.   I will give it the old college try and say the church is located just to the left in this picture.  The building in the back is probably the weaving shop with the second building being the lye soap building (can't really see).  Which is the leather shop and lye soap today.  If I am wrong straighten me out on this.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1979/44643343735_3f6b6066d3_o.jpg

I think you're pretty close.  I suppose the windmill was replaced by the little fire pump tower on Main Street.

Was there a sprinkler on the windmill for the Rainmaker Show; I had thought the sprinkler was in a tree, but the windmill would have been an easier installation.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: JJH on November 07, 2018, 05:05:13 PM
Pintrader,  a couple of great pics... thanks
These are great.   

Thank you...glad you like them!

Here is another slide/picture from circa 1970.   Looks like it was took on Main Street with the church to his right.  Don't know this man, but he looks like my kind of guy.  Hamming it up for the camera.....pretty funny.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1902/44811594234_a79e7d6e96_o.jpg

Is that Carrie Nation in the background with the sign?
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 07, 2018, 05:40:10 PM
Here is a photo circa 1968 of the windmill that was located on Main Street.   I will give it the old college try and say the church is located just to the left in this picture.  The building in the back is probably the weaving shop with the second building being the lye soap building (can't really see).  Which is the leather shop and lye soap today.  If I am wrong straighten me out on this.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1979/44643343735_3f6b6066d3_o.jpg

I think you're pretty close.  I suppose the windmill was replaced by the little fire pump tower on Main Street.

Was there a sprinkler on the windmill for the Rainmaker Show; I had thought the sprinkler was in a tree, but the windmill would have been an easier installation.

If I remember correctly the Rainmaker Show was under the Shot Tower, and they had a sprinkling system hooked up at the top like you say.   It seems like the Shot Tower was located where the SDC Volunteer Firemen tower is today on Main Street.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 07, 2018, 05:51:32 PM
Pintrader,  a couple of great pics... thanks
These are great.   

Thank you...glad you like them!

Here is another slide/picture from circa 1970.   Looks like it was took on Main Street with the church to his right.  Don't know this man, but he looks like my kind of guy.  Hamming it up for the camera.....pretty funny.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1902/44811594234_a79e7d6e96_o.jpg

Is that Carrie Nation in the background with the sign?

You have a good eye!  Here are 3 slides/pictures from 1970 of a skit Carrie Nation was doing on Main Street.

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1970/44811594124_4f614c084c_o.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1940/44811593534_b647c2d229_o.jpg

https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1942/31664540988_5e1ba9c7fa_o.jpg

Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Okiebenz on November 07, 2018, 06:22:27 PM
Is that the spot where the walk way turns right then goes down the steps to the loading station currently?

This guy is standing about midway where you watch the plunge from the platform today, and the mill which was the entrance.   I have another old picture from the internet that shows the entrance to the old Float Trip.   The entrance is right behind the man sitting down.  Sorry about the quality of the picture,  but the answer to your question is no.  The loading today is on the other side of the mill in these pictures.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4820/30817419047_e7734ff2ca_o.jpg

So in other words, this guy and the entrance to the old ride is basically the exit for the current ride
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 07, 2018, 06:37:14 PM
Is that the spot where the walk way turns right then goes down the steps to the loading station currently?

This guy is standing about midway where you watch the plunge from the platform today, and the mill which was the entrance.   I have another old picture from the internet that shows the entrance to the old Float Trip.   The entrance is right behind the man sitting down.  Sorry about the quality of the picture,  but the answer to your question is no.  The loading today is on the other side of the mill in these pictures.

https://c1.staticflickr.com/5/4820/30817419047_e7734ff2ca_o.jpg

So in other words, this guy and the entrance to the old ride is basically the exit for the current ride

The entrance to the old Float Trip is sealed.....you would go directly into the mill.  Today when you exit, you walk behind the mill along the trail and up on the platform to exit or watch boats go under you.  So yes, today you could pretty much touch people entering the old Float Trip as you exit today.

Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: mhguy77 on November 07, 2018, 07:39:32 PM
You know where the water wheel is at the AP.  That's the same building, I think they used to have water sluces for that water wheel but I dont think any more.
Title: Re: Pictures from the Past!
Post by: Pintrader on November 08, 2018, 08:16:19 AM
You know where the water wheel is at the AP.  That's the same building, I think they used to have water sluces for that water wheel but I dont think any more.

I believe that water sluce is still there turning that wheel unless they have took it out recently.  Just not everyday it's working.