Parker and Matt Stone would borrow that moniker when creating their own town; a town that is a shadow of real life with only two dimensions depicted and a main character that keeps returning from the dead. They both grew up 80 miles away in Littleton, Colorado. I think most would agree, their satirical forum is a hauntingly good one, albeit a rather vulgar one, considering these mad men of comedy are capable of scaring the pants off most conservatives, politicians and any and everybody covered in the media.
I imagine it would be tough keeping students on task with the view out the window scaring them to death. The authenticity of all the exhibits was almost eerie. Books and slate tablets were all placed neatly on desks, as if the students had just headed outdoors for recess.
If not for the foresight of one Colorado Springs attorney, Leon H. Snyder, who spent most of his free time fishing in the South Park area, this museum city wouldn't have opened its doors to the past in the summer of 1959, exactly 100 years from the first gold find in the area.
Walking through these homes and offices, filled with more than 60,000 artifacts, it wasn’t a stretch to feel these pioneers had simply stepped out for a moment and would return again soon; it was downright spooky!
Of course, we all know, ghosts really aren’t real. But then neither is the city of South Park, really. But I know what I saw!
Maybe it was all an apparition, a ghastly, ghostly apparition; or maybe not. Either way, my ghost town story was good, don't you think?!
Bottom Line on Fairplay’s South Park City
Verdict: I'm calling this Colorado’s take on Halloween ghosts when it comes to the Wild West. It was a rare treat where, one where history meets heritage with the best of 'em; one the entire family will enjoy.
How to Get There: From Denver, take Highway 285 west; from Colorado Springs, head northwest on Highway 24; South Park City is 23 miles south of Breckenridge on Highway 9.
Insider Information: Print out a coupon for $2 off the $9 price of adult admission, $1 off a child’s ticket, normally $7 at the South Park City website. Senior citizens get a discounted price also. Weekdays usually see less foot traffic. If you’re into the real deal, check out South Park City during their annual Living History Celebration, held every year on the second weekend in August. All the ghosts and goblins, I mean board members and volunteers, come out dressed in authentic costume for a real treat. Avoid Fairplay the last week in July unless you’re into crowds. That’s when 10,000 people show up for the annual Burro Days, a rodeo of
races from burros to llamas to pack dog races and everything in between.
Nearby Food: The food was plentiful if not altogether tasty at the Brown Burro Café (check out yesterday's blog for pictures) on Main Street in Fairplay. The décor is dive rustic, the service down home and friendly. Jim and my brother Chris had the Taco Salad, which kept coming back to haunt them all afternoon. My Patty Melt was cooked to perfection. I heard breakfast is the best meal of the day. Prices were reasonable.