Six Gun City sits on what was once "The Charlie Crawford Farm". James & Eleanor purchased the farm in 1941, and continued to farm the land with dairy cows, sheep, and crops. The ensuing years were often arduous, but at the same time rewarding.
In 1954, they built and operated a Dairy Bar that quickly became the talk of the area. In 1957, James, Eleanor & their eight children (yes, that's eight) built, opened, and operated Six Gun City. When first opened, the Frontier Western Theme Park consisted of a few buildings, of which some were "fronts", an Indian Camp, and a Gift Shop. Visitors were entertained by Cowboy Skits, stagecoach, and pony rides, as well as artifacts on display. In the early 1960's a commitment was made to preserve many of the area's antique carriages, wagons and sleighs.
Surrounded by the majestic mountain peaks of the Presidential Range, Six Gun City is proving that all is not quiet on the Old Western Front. Ever since the park's founding in 1957, the James and Eleanor Brady family has continually added and improved the park; and, you just might say, that for over 50 years the Brady family has been creating a western village just for fun. What began as a dream in the minds of James & Eleanor, has become one of the most popular family destinations in New England. Throughout the years, the family has remained true to its original promise - to be an affordable place where families of all sizes can leave their troubles behind & enjoy a day of entertainment based on a time long since gone by.
From the early 1960's on many antique carriages, wagons and sleighs were purchased. Today, the park has one of the largest collections in the east.
Throughout the 1980's and 1990's, many water rides were added to the park with the addition of the Fort Splash Water Park. Also, 1992 was the year the first Norwegian Fjord horses came to Six Gun City. Currently, Six Gun City is home to 13 Fjords and they give rides to all the kids who visit.
In the past ten years the park has seen the addition of the "Desperadoes' Ambush" Laser Tag, the "Tumbleweed Speedway" go-karts, and the "Gold Rush Express" runaway train roller coaster. In addition, the gas bumper boats were replaced by electric boats and the little kiddie bumper boats were replaced by electric kiddie boats. The adjacent Jefferson Campground was purchased by the park and renamed the Fort Jefferson Campground. An animal stuffing machine was added to the General Store and now kids of all ages can create the animal of their choice.
Sadly, our co-founder James Brady passed away in 2007. In March of 2008 both James and Eleanor were inducted into the New England Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Hall of Fame in recognition of their extraordinary contribution to tourism in northern New Hampshire. Eleanor assumed the reins and set the park on an ambitious plan of renewal and expansion. Throughout the summer of 2009 over 18 buildings were renovated, the "Happy Hombre Hideout" picnic facility was constructed, the "Giddy-Up-Corral" merry-go-round was added, the "Passport to the Old West" adventure game was created, a "2nd day free" program was started, a boot hill was discovered, and countless infrastructure improvements were made to allow the park to operate until November. Then an entire new season was added with "Six Gun Haunted-a Spooktacular Halloween".
According to Eleanor Brady-"we're not finished yet. We're going to keep on making improvements and additions for another 50 years. You see, we want your grandchildren's visit to be as much fun as your own!"
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