Bonnie Springs Ranch
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Bonnie Springs Ranch is a former western town and a tourist attraction near Blue Diamond, Nevada. The type of attractions at the ranch are based on historic western ideals, such as horseback riding. Reenacted gunfights can also be spectated if arranged for by request.
Bonnie Springs Ranch was first constructed in 1843, as a stopover for wagon trains going to California down the Old Spanish Trail. In 1846, General Fremont on his way to California stopped at Bonnie Springs Ranch to gear up for his trip through Death Valley. Before the ranch was constructed, it was on Paiute Indian territory, where their homes were moved into small enclaves in the rocky cliffs to the west of the present day ranch.
Ever since 1952, Bonnie Springs Ranch has become a tourist attraction and a historic area that is left over from the Old Spanish Trail. Bonnie Springs Ranch is often called an oasis in the desert due to the presence of spring water in the area. Tourists to the ranch can enjoy the zoo, the horse stables, or the many historic buildings on the property. Tourists can also enjoy the occasional gunfight upon arranged request. The ranch can be accessed by driving on Nevada State Route 159, then turning onto Bonnie Springs Road.
Old Nevada is the name of the city part of Bonnie Springs Ranch. The buildings are made of weathered wood, with possible residual moisture that remains in the wood. Old Nevada offers shoot-'em-up stunt shows, stage melodramas, and an Old West town that you can wander through for souvenir shopping and tourist attraction-type activities.
Bonnie Springs Ranch has a small zoo on the property for the tourists and guests to enjoy. Animals range from simple wolves found in the area, some donkeys and mules, and the non-native Canadian Lynx. The ranch also features a large stable of horses for younger children to ride on.
There are many other buildings featured on the property, such as an old style saloon, which offers small drinks and snacks, a small schoolhouse with a playground in front of it that has a merry-go-round for the children, an opera house where small time performances are held, a wax museum that shows sculptures of the Paiute Indians and many other types of people, such as priests and explorers, and many other smaller buildings. The ranch also has a small motel for the families to enjoy, with such accommodations like a small cocktail lounge and some jacuzzi tubs for relaxation.
The ranch has been speculated to be haunted, as claimed by visitors to the ranch. Some guests have witnessed seeing an apparition of a little girl in the schoolhouse, and also witnessed the merry-go-round spinning on its own on a windless, dry day. In the wax museum, voices can be heard and the wax figures sometimes move on their own. Due to this, the managers have had to nail down the wax figures to keep the display from being mixed up. In the opera house, people have witnessed a shadow figure following them around in the room, and a guest took a picture and reportedly captured a black mass standing next to him.
In popular culture
The town was also featured in Fallout: New Vegas as a deserted town.