Sixth Annual Preservation Celebration 2005

Held September 24th at History Park in San Jose


This year we honored Frontier Village -- the western-themed amusement park that first opened in 1961 on what was then a portion of the Hayes Estate and closed in 1980.  Many San Joseans have fond memories of Frontier Village and past employees still meet yearly to reminisce.

Attendees enjoyed delicious BBQ cooked by Clampers from Mountain Charlie Chapter No.1850

Food for the Chuck Wagon BBQ and drinks for the Silver Dollar Saloon were donated by: Henry's World Famous Hi-Life   Sam's Bar-B-Que   Hobee's   JLohr Winery    Gordon Biersch Brewing Company  &   Los Gatos Roasting Company

The Gunfighters of the Old West  staged a comical bank robbery and shootout. Briarwooddelighted the crowd with their bluegrass music.

There was square dancing, trolley rides, trick roping by  "Miss Wild West" Chyrle Bacon and Cowboy Ron, children's games, our famous live and silent auctions and displays and artifacts from Frontier Road.

Many thanks to the numerous volunteers who made this event so successful and to our generous sponsors:

Deputy level:  Anonymous Friend of PAC*SJ; GE; Heritage Bank of Commerce

Cowboy levelSherry Hitchcock, Broker, Alain Pinel Realtors; John & Ellen Garboske; Melehan Family Trust, LLC; PG&E; Steinberg Architects ; Helen Stevens; Reuben & Diane Zarate

Outlaw level:  Apruval; Capital Properties; Patt Curia; Gayle Frank & Robb Moore; Julia Howlett & Matt Smith; Rachel Gibson & Jeremy Weinstein; Monitor Mortgage; Keith Watt

Children's games included rolling hoops and teaching your dad how to use a slingshot.


These tough hombres were probably just making sure no one cut in line for beer. Actually Maria Brand and Bev Blockie were trying to convince these desperadoes to turn themselves in after robbing the Bank of America at the San Jose History Park


The reception table staff hard at work.



Cowgirl roping queen Chyrle Bacon and Cowboy Ron wowed the crowd with roping and whip cracking tricks.

Chyrle performed at Frontier Village and studied with Roy Rogers and Will Rogers.

Here she recreates her Guinness World Record for the largest loop spun- 70 feet of rope.


Jack Douglas accepts his Lifetime Achievement in Preservation &History Award.  He narrowly escaped a hanging by some Gunfighters who thought that was the punishment for the crime of trying to preserve San Jose's past.  Luckily, the sheriff chased them off and saved the day.

Afterward Jack graciously signed copies of his new book on the history of San Jose.


The Flynn Family discuss dinner plans with Maria Brand who donated a German dinner for 6 at the Celebration.


The Light Tower replica was lit up for the Celebration.