(PARK CITY, Kan.)
We now know what will happen to Thomas Etheridge, but the future of the park he built is still up in the air.
Wild West World closed in 2007, and a developer bought it a year later. The property may have changed hands, but that's the only thing that has changed.
The sign still stands along I-135. The buildings still wait for visitors to come in. This is the third time the trees surrounding the theme park will blossom, unlike the failed venue itself. It's almost like time stands still at Wild West World.
Park City's mayor would like to bring those 100 acres into 2010, and beyond. "I wish that whatever happens there will be stable, and won't be something to start up and then die out," said Emil Bergquist. "This was an anomaly to us. We want to see stable growth, and I'm looking forward to what that is."