Six Gun Territory

by Mike Miller
(Mount Dora, Florida)

Six Gun Territory in Ocala, Florida, was a very popular attraction in the days before Walt Disney World.

This western themed Florida tourist attraction opened in February 1963, and entertained tourists for 20 years. A trip to Ocala for many tourists included some time spent both at Six Gun and at Silver Springs down the road.

An aerial skyride similar to the one that would eventually show up at Walt Disney World carried guests from the main entrance into the heart of the old west town.

Tourists were entertained by simulated gun fights and attractive female can-can dancers. It was truly like a visit to the imaginary Old West that lived in our minds. There were also realistic Indian and Mexican villages along with several carnival type rides.

A little train meandered around the park, and bad guys were always trying to hold it up. Bad guys were also robbing banks, and there were lots of shootouts between the bad guys and the good guys.

The town had a courthouse, a couple of saloons, an Old West hotel, a jail, a school house, a church and a Morrison's cafeteria to feed the hungry tourists.

The buildings themselves were the real thing, not just a store front like you see in many theme parks. A trip to Six Gun was like a history lesson. The architecture and construction looked like what we imagined the Old West really looked like.

A couple of things would not bode well for the future of Six Gun Territory. Walt Disney World would open a few years later in October 1971; and the popularity of western TV series began to decline.

The poor attraction hung on for a few years, and finally the buildings were deserted and it became a run down ghost town on the north side of SR-40 as you drove into Ocala from the National Forest to the east.

The ruins were demolished and removed in 1986, and a shopping center and residential development took their place.

An excellent article by Rick Allen of the Associated Press appeared in the January 10, 2011 Orlando Sentinel. He covers Six Gun's history in great detail, and features several interviews with former guests and employees.

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Jun 19, 2018
Comments BeforeJuly 1, 2015
by: Mike Miller

Jul 01, 2015


Feb 21, 2015
Remembering good ole days
by: carpetlady1

So fun reading these posts. When we went we saw Wally Cleaver from Leave it to Beaver. His real name Tony Dow.

My oldest sister couldn't stay away from the table until the gun fight started. I remember going into the saloon and was watching the Can-Can dancers. The sheriff walked past the table and ask if we were old enough to be drinking in that there salon!

I thought that was the funniest thing with my ROOT BEER!

I may have been 4 or 5. Afterwards, we went riding the glass bottom boat at Silver Springs . We camped with friends and brought extended family on this trip. Florida crackers all of us!

I still have some pictures .

Sep 22, 2014
Where Is Six Gun Territory Now?
by: Tish

I was so little I barely remember the place. It was a neat place, though, that much I do remember.

I think one of the first things that interested me in art was when the "Sheriff" took the pre-printed picture of a cowboy they handed out and turned it into a girl for me.

The train rides were cool and I remember how an Indian (Native American) would jump out at the train-- fun and a little spooky, fostering a life-long love of spooky rides.

My Dad loved the western theme and my mom loved that it was something the whole family could enjoy together. Such a shame the place closed down-- every little boy, especially, and some little girls, love cowboys, horses, and trains.

My mom was bad with directions and my dad passed on a few years back, so I'm not even sure where the place was. Anyone know exactly where and what's there now?


Tish, Six Gun Territory was in Silver Springs east of Ocala. It closed years ago, and all that remains are memories and a few commercial buildings where the attraction used to be.

Aug 30, 2014
Those were the days.......
by: Shawn G., S.E. Iowa

My family used to go to the Sunshine State every year, twice a year growing up. Late sixties to the early eighties as a family. I now continue the tradition with my family.

Still amazed at this wonderful state and all it offers for free. You can see a LOT on a tank of gas. Fortunate to have family to stay with and friends from then also.

I remember the old wooden roller coaster that looked like mining cars. Two seaters I think. It seemed like you were way up there and the cars were barely as wide as the track.

Florida had so many GREAT attractions and the world itself was so much more family oriented. I LOVE the State! It will always be a special place to me and my family.

I am now 50 Yrs. old and we STILL stop for free orange juice at the State line!!

Jul 08, 2014
I saw Hoss Cartwright!
by: Matt Stroup

We went there in 1970, I was only7 or 8. I remember riding the steam train, and the gunfights. Dan Blocker was playing checkers in front of the general store, in his Hoss Cartwright getup.

Ahh, the good old days.

Jun 26, 2012
I Was There!
by: Anonymous

I have fond childhood memories of this park as well as Silver Springs. I know we visited at least 2 times. It was in the late 60's and I was about 6 or 7 years old. The first thing I remember doing was riding from the parking lot to the park in the cable car. I'm sure it wasn't as high as the pictures in my memory, but it felt like we were almost in the clouds. You could opt to ride the train instead, which we also did.. Besides that, I mostly remember the rides and the gun fights. Oh, and the wood sidewalks. It was great fun!

Feb 20, 2012
Six Gun Territory meeting celeb's
by: Philip Woodham

As a young kid of the 60's who couldn't love Six Gun Territory. Especially when Santa would bring you a cowboy outfit and holster and guns.
Way too funny you mention meeting celebrities. I remember one time being there and my sister and I got to meet Tommy Norden who played Bud Ricks on the show Flipper. How exciting that was! Wish I still had that autograph.

Jan 10, 2011
My Memories of Six Gun Territory
by: Greg May

One summer our relatives from Winchester, Ky, the Horns, came to see us in Orlando. I was ten years old and Aunt Jo and Uncle Cecil took me, my mom and my brother to Six Gun Territory with their two sons, Jerry and Tommy. My brother and his cousins were fascinated by the gunfighters - but what did it for me was meeting actor Tommy Rettig who played "Lassie's" master on the popular TV show. Back in the 60's Six Gun Territory brought in TV personalities that would sign autographs for you. I also remember my mom having a nervous breakdown riding the cable car back to the parking lot.

Jun 19, 2018
Comments Before April 29, 2018
by: Mike Miller

Apr 29, 2018
As a kid
by: D. Boone

I remember being there for the first time in 68. We rode the sky lift to the town and was quite impressed with the height of the ride over. Saw the tv son of daniel Boone and of course a gun fight. I revisited in 75 and saw the transformation into an amusement park. Can't say I was impressed with the carnival rides but was still impressed with the ride over on the sky lift - an uplifting experience to be sure .

Feb 18, 2018
I Miss Six Gun Territory
by: Linda Wallace

Went there as a child several times. Met Several Western stars and loved the attraction. Heartbreaking when it closed. Great part of our family's history and sorely missed.

Loved this part of my life .We went there monthly .Where I learned to ride horses. Met several Western actors .Sad to loose such an awesome place If I could turn back time. Never would have let a place looks ke this fade away.

Nov 06, 2017
by: Anonymous

We went there when I was a kid. My brother was in the middle of the street when a shootout started....hilarious.

Feb 22, 2017
A place that was as close to the real Wild West Frontier!
by: Ronnie L. Arnold

As a little boy in the 60's Six Gun Territory Territory was the place for me. My family would go there very often even into the 70's and I never tired of going either.

I met a lot of the western actors and actresses from t.v. shows. Those days are cherished memories for me and I often think about those times I had there. An old friend of mine named Tommy Terry even worked there and recently the Living Legends honored him in remembrance when he passed away in 2016.

The people were always nice and friendly towards the tourists and even got to know the locals when they would be there as well. Six Gun Territory will always hold a special spot in my memory as well as my heart, darn shame we don't still have it for the younger generations to experience it.

Feb 12, 2017
Home Movies
by: Anonymous

We hsvd old home movies of Six Gun Territory that were transferred to VHS and then on to DVD. We love watching "Old Florida" annual vacations when the family gets together.

Jan 07, 2017
The Brazilian Cowboy
by: Antonio Dias de Macedo Filho

I and my parents just dropped by Six Guns back in 1963. We never had heard of it, but since I was a 5 years old kid, they imagined it would be fun, and it really was!!!! I never forgot the fantastic day I had there!

On the train that linked the entrance to the park, the man asked every kid from where they were: New York, New Orleans, Chicago and even California where some answers. When it came to my turn, I told him: I am from Brazil!!! (At that time Brazilians where not so common in Florida). It was a surprise!

The guide on the train said on loud speakers: " We have some Brazilian cowboys on board!" So I must say that 6 guns may be there no more, but it will live forever in my heart. I will always be the Brazilian Cowboy!!!!

Dec 01, 2016
"Granny" from Beverly Hillbillies was there
by: Marcia Amos

We went to 6 gun a few times when I was little in the 60's as I was an avid cowboy fan. One time "Granny" (Irene Ryan) from the Beverly Hillbillies was giving out autographed pictures. I remember being surprised at the color of her clothes since we saw the show in black and white tv. I sure wish I knew what happened to that picture.

Sep 07, 2016
I Was There
by: TinaAnonymous

One of the times I went Michael Landon was there. I met him and got an autographed picture of him which I still have after all these years.

But most of all this was a place my father and I went and enjoyed very much because here it didn't matter how young or how old you were: it was ok to be a kid.

Aug 28, 2016
by: Anonymous

I grew up in the area. Went more than once. Very fond memories. It breaks my heart that our memories were burned up in fire. Very sad.

Apr 10, 2016
by: Terry New

I remember Jim Stafford was there playing a concert on flatbed trailers. I also remember Dan Blocker falling off of a railing into a wagon.

I remember going into the saloon and sitting for the show and the can-can girls came down into the crowd and one kissed me on my cheek. I was only about 7 or 9 so I guess it would be in the 70. 71. 72 time period. I wouldn't let my sisters wipe the lipstick off all day for the rest of the tour of Six Gun. It was a wonderful place and I really enjoyed it. I wish we still had a place like that is just lots of enjoyment and clean fun.

Feb 21, 2016
Enjoyed as a kid
by: Mike

I went to Six Gun Territory as a kid in 1970. Good times. We need a millionare to bring one back.

Aug 27, 2015
I Saw Timmy from Lassie at Six Gun Territory

I have so many memories of my trip to Six Gun Territory back in 1963. Although my parents are gone, it is the memories of our vacations I'll never forget and Six Gun Territory and the glass bottom boats at nearby Silver Springs will never be forgotten.

Aug 27, 2015
Never Will Forget

I was with my parents in the winter of 1963. I'll never forget the wooden walkway and the dancing girls and especially I'll never forget the gunfights with the bad guys getting shot off of buildings and falling. I so wish it was still here. I'd love to take my grandkids to see what I was fortunate to see when I was growing up. I was only 13 at the time, but it and the glass bottom boats were memories I'll never forget. I hope someday another Six Gun Territory could be built. If there is ever a reunion, make sure someone contacts me, I'd love to attend.

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