Pioneer City

by Judy Uplinger Brannon
(Crawfordville, Florida)

I grew up in Davie, Florida, in the 1960s when there were only about 2,000 or 3,000 people in residence there. There were several orange groves that we frequented, and lots of cow pastures. But one place I adored was Pioneer City which was located in the western part of Davie.


It was built to look like an old western town, Gunsmoke style, and there were several shops where people could see and purchase items resembling those from the Old West. I believe there was some sort of "tavern" as well.

The part that stands out in my mind the most was the street show they had every couple hours. It ended in a shoot-out. I still remember the first time I saw the shoot-out at about age 3. I thought the guy really got shot and died. I mean there was "blood" and he fell over! I was horrified that someone would do that to another person! But then in those days I assumed Walter Cronkite could actually see me in my living room because I could see him.

I do not know the stats on the place, or what year it closed, but when it closed, a part of me was lost.

FLORIDA BACKROADS TRAVEL SAYS

Judy, Pioneer City opened on Memorial Day Weekend in 1966 and closed in February 1968. Although it wasn't in business very long, it seems to have made a lot of fans during its short life.

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