Thursday, November 5, 2015

Petticoat Junction: The Theme Park

Even die hard fans of CBS' classic "hick-com" Petticoat Junction probably don't know that Florida once hosted a Petticoat Junction Theme Park.

The park, which opened in 1963, the same year the show premiered, featured a Cannonball train like in the show, complete with a wooden water tower. (Though Kate's comely daughters were not in attendance.)

The park's Shady Rest Hotel had seen better days, however. It looks like Uncle Joe was severely behind in his maintenance duties.

The park outlasted the show it was based upon, closing for good in 1984. Its trains were salvaged and now reside in a private collection. The park itself was razed to make way for a Wal-Mart.