in May each year
you have ever yearned to stroll down a street where cowboys still
enjoy regular shoot outs, then Cornwall's very own American Theme
Park is the place for you.
you have parked your car you enter another world dating back to
the 1880s through to the 1950s. This world is 140 acres in size
and packed with a true 'spirit of the west'.
Jay Bee runs the attraction and when he is not talking about the
many honours he has received from various States in America he can
be found looking over life in Silver City.
your hand at a variety of events at the American Theme Park
through the gates at the entrance and you enter into the main street
of Old Fort Smith where you can enjoy a walk around the various
museums. These are stocked full of American memorabilia.
a family picture taken in western gear before showtime!
can imagine life cruising in a pink cadellac with one of the many
American car registrations on display.
are pictures of famous cowboys of the past, keep your eye open for
Jesse James there is a high reward for his capture!
a trip to Silver City and anything could happen
you are ready for a western adventure of your own then it is time
to head to Silver City, the original 1880s Frontier Town where troublesome
outlaws could be lurking around any corner.
are being prepared for action
your way through the countryside you go passed the Circle R Ranch
where the horses are being prepared for work. As you walk by and
head nearer to Silver City you sense something is about to happen.
you arrive at Silver City the street is quiet. Those who feel lucky
are attempting 'gold panning' in the hope of becoming rich over
in town - watch these two!
dodgy looking characters are hanging around the town watching my
every move. You know trouble is in the air in Silver City.
1pm a crowd has gathered near the bank. The lunchtime sun beats
down and Sheriff Jay Bee gallups into town. The two characters who
had been hanging around start to cause trouble with the sheriff
and his deputy.
outlaws take shelter from gun fire
no time at all visitors to Silver City witness a showdown involving
cowboys, horses and guns. Yes Gary Cooper is probably looking down
and smiling, this is 'High Noon' with a touch of comedy thrown in.
Jay Bee moves in to make an arrest
the dodgy characters are arrested but there is another villain in
the crowd who is dressed up as a holiday maker! When you pay a visit
to Silver City expect to become a resident for a short while.
action moves to the court-house where the judge (who is picked from
the crowd) has to decide what will happen to the villains of the
City. The judge and sheriff run a strict court house.
the BBC Cornwall website reporter got thrown into jail for 'flashing
in court'. I was only taking a picture using my camera with a flash
outlaw has a long stretch behind bars awaiting him
BBC Cornwall reporter eventually got out of Silver City jail, some
were not so lucky...
American Theme Park is open:
May - End September From 10.30 am
Senior Citizens £4.00
special party rates and general enquiries regarding opening and
the times of the live action shows, please phone 01637 881160 or
Fax: 01637 881104