|Wells Fargo, of course.|
|Props Tom L Shattuck and Charlie Fick|
And that spurred me on, no pun intended. I had to see this place before it disappeared. Perhaps when it's gone there will be no way to know it was ever there. Nothing apart from memories and maybe some photos. Like these ones.
|I'm the law round these here parts.|
|But even the law likes a drink on occasion.|
While digging around for the origins of this Edinburgh anomaly, I discovered that the main man behind it was a Michael Faulkner (as mentioned in this Edinburgh Spotlight article). That led me to a blog written by Faulkner, in which the following is written in a 1 May 2010 entry:
"When we were designing the facades for the township of 'El Paso', which took three of us (Sean, Rab and I) four months to build and which formed the exterior of my Santa Fe furniture business in Edinburgh, we used stills from Cat Ballou, along with several other classic westerns, for inspiration. This is the only digital image I can dig up:
*please visit blog entry linked to see original image*
When the photograph was taken the signage, which we were at pains to get right, was incomplete but most of the structure was in place. As well as the railroad, general store, jail house, cantina and livery stables which you can see, we built a saloon, sheriff's office and stagecoach depot which are out of shot to the left.
We were proud of the place but I don't like to go back now, as the closure of the business was a big part of an even bigger life reversal. As far as I know the structure is still in place, ten years on, in Springvalley Gardens, Morningside"
And here are some more photos.
|Not even big enough to be a one horse town|
|Not gonna lie. I got wood.|
|Not bragging, but I think I could escape that one.|
|Nobody would trade with me today.|
|I asked for some new shoes for my horse. I'm still waiting.|
|I hope they get back in the saddle some day.|
|Y'all come back now.|