This bigger-than-life retro cowboy sign stands on the corner of N. Linda Drive and E. Cave Creek Road for the touristy Frontier Town shopping/retail area in Cave Creek, Arizona. Located in the center of town, it is, for the most part, a replica of vintage buildings and signage of an Old West town that takes people back to the era of America's nostalgic pioneer days.
6245 E. Cave Creek Road
Cave Creek, Arizona
A bit of history about Cave Creek and its Frontier Town:
In 1935 work began on the Bartlett Dam and in 1940 it continued on the Horseshoe Dam. Both dams were created on the nearby Verde River and lakes now exist for water recreation and fishing. A camp was built to provide housing for the many workers that built those dams. Saloons came along and and the local miners and ranchers joined the nightly fun with the dam workers.
This was the real beginning of what eventually became the Town of Cave Creek, Arizona. Today, Frontier Town sets on this same land that was once a camp. There is a slab that marks the spot and legend has it that this slab sets where old outhouses once sat. The Leather Mill shop occupies one of the original buildings.
Electrical power arrived in the 1940s and the road to the area was paved from nearby Phoenix. When the dams were completed, workers left. A lady by the name of "Peewee Simons" and her husband bought what was left of the camp and turned the land into a guest ranch with a bed and breakfast. Legend has it that bawdy activities took place here. Probably did.
In 1969, this guest ranch was sold to a fellow named Herman King and he modified the ranch and bed and breakfast into Frontier Town. When he died, he left it to his daughter, Beverly who in turn left it to her son Marc who still keeps the peace at Frontier Town as "Town Marshall".
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