Netcong, New Jersey: Wild West CityAs far east as The Wild West has ever gone. Features daily Main Street gun battles in the summer.
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A fun throwback in time. Felt like an old western town. Might be the only place left where kids are encouraged to bring play/fake toy guns....and if you forgot your gun then the sheriff tells you to use your finger. Spent the day getting "robbed" on the stage coach (buy tickets at pizza stand and get to boarding zone a couple minutes early so you can grab a seat on top), then chasing the bandits around town.
Nothing PC about this place....sheriff picked a couple of kids from crowd to be judges and then had the crowd chant "Hang them" (referring to bad guys). Sworn in as honorary sheriffs and got old-looking sheriff badge....fun free souvenir. Do NOT plan on eating there. Pack a lunch (picnic area inside) or eat elsewhere. Bad cowboys would get right in little kid's faces and yell or say things which scared some. Can find coupons online for couple dollars off admission.[CJ, 07/15/2014]
The classic attraction, Wild West City, plans to open the 1st weekend in May after its seasonal winter closing. America's easternmost simulation of an 1880s western frontier town, WWC has endured media and legal fallout from a fake gunfight/real shooting accident two years ago (after a half-century record of staged gunfights with no injuries).
While the exact cause and circumstances of the incident are still being debated, WWC is back with period-dressed performers and 22 live action shows for all-day visitors. Their slogan remains: "The Best of the West in the Heart of the East."[RoadsideAmerica.com Team, 01/19/2008]
An actor at Netcong, NJ's Wild West City, shot in the head during a fake gunfight on July 7th, came out of a medically-induced coma on Friday. According to local news reports, Scott Harris, 37, was said to be responding to some stimuli and was able to keep his eyes open.... [07/23/2006] Complete News Story
Wild West City is a pure, untouched specimen of roadside attractions in their true glory. You walk in a regular Joe and leave a Deputy Marshall with a badge and all. You cannot, however experience the wonder if you miss the performance of the "Western Sweethearts." The octgenarian duo sing country and western standards and play all of their own instruments. With their snazzy western dress,their performance would make even Hank Williams, Sr. proud.[Wendy Jo Galenus, 06/18/2003]
What a great place! Reminds me of the now defunct Frontier Town in Hudson, New York. Stage coach Robbers try to take stuff from kids who aren't afraid of them, and gunfights still run rampant throughout the day. There a real bar and an old couple come out on stage and play country western music for about a half hour. They have been doing that for years and its totally great! The atmosphere is total Americana cheese with a little horse dung and dust thrown in. Go see it quick cause its one of the dying breed of great old sites that are quickly fading into the past.[John Pfeiffer, 01/11/2003]
We recommend a stop at WWC's official web site for two reasons: Hear the embedded Wild West City jingle ("Wild West city, a city runnin' wild!"), and read the pop-up window stating WWC's position on violence and firearms ("...References or portrayals of firearms cannot be eliminated from U.S. history and, from an educational standpoint, Wild West City cannot deny their historical relevance...".