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SDC Memories/ Park History / New Vintage SDC Souvenir find
« on: December 15, 2013, 06:01:18 PM »
Strolling the corners of the internet and found this.  Man, I wish they still sold stuff like this.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / SDC makes
« on: December 01, 2012, 10:52:23 AM »
Always good for some entertainment, Buzzfeed is a pretty fun way to waste time on the Interwebs.   It's a celebration when something as beloved as SDC makes their radar....

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Great Article on June Ward Today!
« on: September 03, 2012, 07:02:56 AM »
So proud of June, glad she's getting the recognition she deserves.  For those that haven't met June in person, this captures her personality perfectly.

Branson Talk / Anchor Village Motel...any ideas?
« on: August 18, 2012, 03:38:36 PM »
Looks awfully familiar and I'm sure it isn't called that any longer, but can't place it.  Found on Flickr...

General Silver Dollar City Talk / June Ward's 45th Anniversary
« on: July 19, 2012, 05:57:52 PM »
Even though she actually celebrates in...June (ironic isn't it!), June Ward and others were presented with their Anniversary awards this morning.   June has been with Silver Dollar City officially now for 45 years and I just spoke to her.  She was humbled and was so appreciative of all the people who came out to see her.

If you make it to the City (Tuesday - Saturday), stop in and let the "Brown Family" that you heard Aunt June looks younger than her actual time with the City!  It's true!!!

I would try to describe this, but....well, prepare to be amazed.

Dollywood Discussion / Silver Dollar City Tennessee Souvenir Book
« on: July 08, 2012, 01:23:47 PM »
This may have been posted before, but in case you haven't seen it, it's a pretty nice scan of SDC TN during the early years

SDC Memories/ Park History / Save Our Ticket Booths!!!!
« on: May 20, 2012, 09:57:47 AM »
Okay, I decided to begin the thread with an alarmist title just to get attention, but I just wanted to say that the picture below represents one of the smaller, but more important aspects of the Silver Dollar City experience for me.

Not to fire the flames of rumor (when to my knowledge it isn't even one), but how long before we will no longer have these awesome murals to represent our Park's past history?   Jim Owen Float Trip, Silver Dollar City Railroad, Grandfather's Mansion....!!!!!  These murals are an amazing part of the City and have been there as long as I've been alive.

Speaking to this group particularly, we are all mostly in a place where we don't have to pass through the ticket booths any longer.  Do the first time Guests even notice these amazing little vignettes?

So I ask:  If these went away, would anyone notice? 

I think we should start a register of Historic Items to be Preserved in case the day comes when things like old fashioned ticket booths are, shall we say...outmoded?

SDC Memories/ Park History / Old Silver Dollar City Ticket
« on: May 10, 2012, 05:08:52 PM »
Many of you on Flickr, may already be connected or familiar with Neato Coolville.  Great guy and also a Missouri resident who has an affinity for the City.

Behold one of the Adult and Child tickets from 1969

Branson Talk / Foggy River Boys
« on: May 05, 2012, 06:15:13 PM »
...anyone remember the Foggy River Boys on the strip?  This was the ONE and only show that my parents regularly booked for us to go to in the late 70's and 80's.

SDC Memories/ Park History / A Piece of History?
« on: December 12, 2011, 07:05:34 PM »
So, as I was combing through my ephemera this past week, I came across a stamp that I found on (if you haven't been on Etsy, it's a great site for handmade in the U.S.A. items and some vintage goodies).   This stamp has graced my bookshelf for a few years now and it was only recently that I started to put 2 + 2 together...potentially.

As many of you know, I began at Brown's Candy Factory under the tutelage of June Ward.   June and her husband Jo Bill adopted me outright and for years looked after me (secretly reporting back to my family on my well being).  They have even traveled to my sister's wedding, my grandfather's funeral, and many other "family" events.   Truly, this woman, is more than just my mentor...she might as well be my blood relative.  I wouldn't love her any less if she wasn't.   

During our times in the basement, she would tell about starting at the City and helping open the Candy factory in its new location.  I had almost forgotten about her very first role at the Post Office (they even mention it in the bio below):

I had an almost-immediate epiphany.   Could it be that I had one of the stamps that Aunt June originally used at the Post Office?  The jury is still out, as she hasn't seen it in person, but I plan on bringing it with me on my next visit to confirm.   At any rate, hope this to be true so I feel that I have a piece of Aunt June staring back at me on my bookshelf every day, hopefully giving me her "stamp" of approval.

General Silver Dollar City Talk / Dippin Dots - Bye Bye
« on: November 04, 2011, 06:16:22 PM »
Good riddance or...How are we going to survive without them?!

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