Sunday, October 13, 2013
Horseshoes and Guns
27 years ago, The Golden Horseshoe Revue closed. Not the building, but the beloved show, which had been entertaining guests since Disneyland opened in July 1955. Wally Boag and Donald Novis' show holds the Guinness world record for "greatest number of performances of any theatrical production." That's nothing to sneeze at!
This November 1958 image shows the Saloon with the Slue Foot Sue sign. Betty Taylor played Sue for 30 years, qualifying her as the longest-running cast member of the show. You can also see Casa de Fritos Restaurant (now Rancho del Zocalo) in the background of this closeup:
For a much better view of the Slue Foot Sue sign here's a glorious color shot from March 1956:
The main reason I acquired the first image in today's post is because it also shows the rarely seen Frontier Gun Shop. This is the closest I've gotten to seeing what was sold inside. Today, the idea of guns being sold at Disneyland seems somewhat jarring.
Another previously posted view from February 1959 that also shows the front of the Gun Shop:
Although the show has changed, the Saloon is still in business today, putting smiles on the faces of guests every day. In a move for a gentler world, the folks at Disney now sell Chicken Strips instead of guns next door.
Works for me.
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