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Frontier Town Then And Now book project started in 2010. It is ready to go to print in the next week. We are taking pre-orders. The more pre-orders we have, the printing cost drops and the book will cost less. We will have the electronic version next year. We have collected 95 recollections and thousands of photos. The book includes interviews with Edna Bensen, Edna Trumble, Dottie Liberty, Austin, Don and Joann Anderson of the White Horse Ranch, Percy Flemming, Edward Ovensen's daughter Kathy Steele, Matoaka Little Eagle and several other former employees. Visitors and family of those whom worked at the park have provided their perspective as well. We have contracted the use of the original photographs by Dean Color. The public has contributed stories and photos that are being combined to preserve Adirondack history. The general public will like the abandoned theme park photos but anyone that has been to the park will love the photos of the people that made Frontier Town come alive. The authors both have had a lot of interaction with all of the contributors and the love of the theme park shows in the dedication to seeing this project through. Newspapers, posters and other memorabilia were donated to help with the project. If we exceed the number of orders for the printing count then we can drop the price.
About Frontier Town: The first western-style theme park in the US started in 1952 and had its contents auctioned off in 2004 but still remains mostly as a real Ghost Town with the original log buildings returning back to the Adirondack nature. The theme for the original park was the 1800's historical settings of Roth's Forge in North Hudson NY. The original town was knocked off by Walt Disney in the Frontier Village created in California in the 1950's after sending his film crews to the park under the guise of filming an upcoming movie. Over the years millions of visitors watched shows, rode horses, learned about farming, Iron forging, watched the only working steam powered sawmill in the US, rodeos, Native American dances and rituals, weaving, farming with horses in the living museum that sent their own corn to the onsite gristmill that fed the customers cornbread in their own restaurant. The scraps from the restaurant went to feed the bears in the park. The olden days were on display and generations of people truly lived off of the income that they made by operating the day to day olden pony express, tannery, forge, leather working, glass blowing, weaving shop etc. The characters that worked there were a part of the community and it was once a boom town for not only teens needing work but for retired volunteers looking to give back to the community. Over the years, thousands of locals were employed there. The beautiful remains of the park still draw curious visitors and the staff attend reunions online and in North Hudson. The coffee table style book is a tribute to the people that donated their time and effort to teaching kids about history and providing generations of families with memories that contributed to many of the occupations and hobbies that they took on later in life. For example, the book's slip cover is hand made leather work of the son of an employee that learned the trade from another employee. You can see the beautiful leather work on the books facebook page. The book includes samples of some amazing photography from local artists as well as some well known names like Carl Heilman II, Gabe Oram, Richard Dean and Norbert St.Pierre.
Due to the cost, our first run minimum was 50 books. We are able to increase that count only if there are enough pre-orders to cover the cost. The first run or print count will depend on the interest so if there are 100 orders, we will sign them and include the leather covers at just over cost. If you want the cover click on the $75 pledge. If you want just the unsigned book without cover click on the $50 pledge. Kickstarter processes your order with a credit or debit card. Only Preorders from kickstarter are 30% off.
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