Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Nothing But The Tooth
Pat Casey's Last Chance Saloon was one of the most photographed set pieces in the town of Rainbow Ridge. This 1950's shot is one of the best in my collection, allowing me to zoom in for some glorious details, like these Wanted Posters. Do you know any of these criminals?
Moving upward, you can see that the Saloon also doubles as the Dental Practice of Dr. Holliday. A nod to Cyrus Kurt Holliday (aka C.K. Holliday on the Disneyland Railroad) or Doc Holliday, the famous dentist of the Old West? I'm guessing the latter.
It appears that the good Doctor's Office was doing quite well by the 1960's; in this November 1962 image you can see that a gold tooth was added to the signage.
By August 1976, the Doctor's name was removed and the gold tooth was unceremoniously replaced with a plain one.
In addition, the window was closed and the lamp that was previously visible could no longer be seen.
This undated 1970's image gives a side view of the plain tooth:
Unfortunately, Pat Casey's Saloon did not make the transition to Big Thunder Mountain. Looks like the Doctor's practice fell victim to progress.
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