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Wild West Express Train Robbery and Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend Entrance

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Wild West Express Train Robbery and Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend Entrance

Oct 7, 2018

Ride Time(s):

October 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Caution:  Riders will experience the sites and sounds of very loud, actual gun fire during the ride.

This gang of American Outlaws was well-known in the 19th century. The group included the notorious Jesse James and the Younger brothers. Their infamous group will be robbing the train for trinkets and jewels (provided).

The coaches are pushed and pulled by our steam locomotive.

This excursion is about an  hour long.

Tickets and wrist bands will be available to be picked up at the ticket booth in the back of the gift shop on the day of the trip. 

Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.

This celebration of cowboy life promises to immerse visitors in this unique movement which began in the late 1800s just after the Civil War. The Wild West movies and TV shows popular in the 1950s and 1960s romanticized the life of the cowboy (and cowgirl). The effective and efficient movement of cattle gave rise to the growth of the cowboy occupation. Rodeos were a popular pastime which allowed the cowboys to demonstrate their prowess with horses and cattle. Our locomotive, the No.17, is a replica of those which frequently ran at the time and creates a unique stage for cowboy robberies and learning about the cowboy lifestyles. Today, cowboys and cowgirls are often seen in western garb at horse shows competing in barrel racing, as well as western pleasure and reining classes. At their peak, cowboys were referred to as “the most reckless class of outlaws in the wild country”. They definitely made an impact on the culture and lifestyles of the time and beyond!
Building on our past spring/summer, one-day a month events with the Cowboys (Outlaws and Peacemakers), we have scheduled a weekend of hands-on learning experiences for families. This event will include: a cowboy parade through New Freedom to open the event, train robberies, an authentic cowboy camp at Summit Grove Campground (located just south of Steam Into History), wandering minstrels, magicians, a chuck wagon, a hoedown (dance), a Sunday morning worship service, cowboy story-telling around the campfire, onsite camping for guests, and a special area for children.
 

Saturday Schedule of Events:

  • Authentic cowboy camp at Summit Grove Campground all day and into the night with story-telling around the campfire
  • Train Robberies:  10:00 am, 11:30 am, 1:00 pm, 2:30 pm & 4:00 pm
  • Parade through New Freedom from 8:30 am to 9:00 am
  • Flag Raising Ceremony:  9:15 am to 9:30 am
  • Greater York Dance Performances: 11 am and 12:30 pm
  • Stunt Riders and Shooting:  1:00 pm and 3:30 pm
  • One Man Band:  2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
  • Bank Robbery and Kid Posse Round-Up:  4:30 pm
  • Hoedown from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm featuring Mike Guldin and Rollin’ & Tumblin’
  • Period Magic throughout the day
  • Wandering Musicians throughout the day

Kids Corral with games and crafts:

  • Horse/Cow Wranglin’
  • Stick Horse Races 12:00 pm and 1:30 pm
  • Horseshoes
  • Tin can knock down
  • Cow ring toss
  • Corn hole game
  • Stick Horse
  • Cowboy Boot Sand Art Necklaces

Sunday Schedule of Events: 

  • Flag Raising Ceremony:  9:15 am to 9:30 am
  • Sunday Morning Worship Service 10:00 am to 10:45 am
  • Authentic Cowboy Camp all day
  • Train Robberies:  11:30 am, 1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
  • Stunt Riders and Shooting:  12:00 pm and 2:30 pm
  • One Man Band:  1:00 pm to 2:00 pm
  • Bank Robbery and Kid Posse Round-Up:  4:00 pm
  • Flag Lowering Ceremony 4:30 pm
  • Period Magic throughout the day
  • Snake Oil Salesman

Kids Corral with games and crafts:

  • Horse/Cow Wranglin’
  • Stick Horse Races 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm
  • Horseshoes
  • Tin can knock down
  • Cow ring toss
  • Corn hole game
  • Stick Horse
  • Cowboy Boot Sand Art Necklaces
We are pleased to announce that Phil Yates is serving as the Honorary Chair for Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend.
Pennsylvania Cowboy Weekend is funded by a grant from the Cultural Alliance of York County and generous sponsorships from:

The 2018 Season of Imagination is brought to you in part by Bronze Sponsor, Aero Energy.  Thank you for your support.

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Many thanks for the support of our 2022 season sponsors:

        

COVID-19 Health and Safety Protocols:

Please reschedule your excursion if you recently tested positive for COVID-19, have been exposed, or are exhibiting symptoms.

Hand sanitizing stations are available at the ticket area, in the gift shop, and in restrooms.