I have always been a sucker for theme parks: Silver Dollar City (now Dollywood), Ghosttown in the Sky and Beach Bend were a few I visited as a child. But one of my favorite Kentucky attractions was Tombstone Junction.
Tombstone Junction was a Wild West themed amusement park just outside of Corbin, Kentucky and it featured a real steam engine train and live "country" entertainment. Tombstone had a railroad system of its own and was subjected to many "train robbers." These train robberies used to scare me as a child, but I always insisted on riding the train.
As a teenager, I was privileged to see Tanya Tucker and Glenn Campbell, Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and a few others I've forgotten. Unfortunately, or fortunately as my hubby says, I grew out of the country music phase, but as a young child, I loved listening to my parent's music. I even had a real "Tombstone Junction" cowboy hat I used to wear all the time.
All that remains of Tombstone Junction today is an empty parking lot, one crumbling shack, and some decaying bits of what once was their billboard, along with the memories of those who saw it in its glory days.
What about you - do you have memories of Tombstone Junction? What about other Kentucky attractions that are no longer in existance? I'd love to hear from you - send an email to: brightmyer249 (at) hotmail (dot) com.
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