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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Old West Returns to Scottsdale

Scottsdale has always been associated with the old west.  We’ve seen a lot of change in Scottsdale with glass towers, urban condos and trendy restaurants in the past few years, but developers have announced plans to create a Western-themed entertainment venue in North Scottsdale.  Scottsdale was the gateway to the west and our wooden sidewalks can still be seen in parts of Old Town.   It's part of our heritage and it's exciting to see it's holding on for more than 8 seconds!

Many of us remember the original Rawhide, a great venue for western parties and a hit for out-of towners toting the little ones along side.  When it moved out of town, we were left mainly with good ole western cookin’ as our fix for the cowboy lifestyle. And, do we love our Greasewood Flats, Handle Bar J’s and the Pinnacle Peak Patio.  Westworld remained as one of the few venues for our look into our western heritage.

Looks like we may get more than just a “taste” of the old west once again: 40 acres at
Bell Road
94th Street
near Westworld will be developed into a western-themed recreational park.  City council approved the initial proposal and more detailed plans will be submitted for final approval later this fall.  If all goes forward, the venue could be open by fall, 2012.

I’ve always been a cowboy at heart – Yee Haw!

Photo from Flickr courtesy of Mini D.

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