Well, I thought I had seen the last snow of this winter at Goshen Pond a couple of weeks ago, but yesterday, walking at the Timber Creek Dog Park, the snow fell again, however it only lasted in the air and never covered the ground. So far, I have been unable to find any history on Slim's Ranch, which is what stood on this property before it became Timber Creek Park, though I found a web site with lovely photographs of Timber Creek Park and an interesting detail in regard to the name "Slim" which, according to the web site, the link for which I will add at the end of this paragraph, is the title for a livestock worker on a farm. https://yummygal.wordpress.com/2012/09/11/timber-creek-park/
If, like me, you were a child, a girl child in particular, of the 1950's, you probably remember Sally Star. She passed away in January and her funeral arrangements were held in Berlin, NJ. Sally Starr had been inducted into the Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia Hall of Fame. I saw Sally Star speak at a Paulsdale event a couple of years ago and I can attest that she was still sharp witted and beautiful in her late eighty's, though she seemed tired and she was forced to use a wheelchair to get around. When I was growing up, you didn't see many women in the popular entertainment of the day, plenty of cowboys, but few cowgirls, you'd have thought taming the Wild West was an all male event. There was, of course, Dale Evans, and these feisty women were an inspiration for me as a little girl.
It seems as though New Jersey has a little bit of everything, but the cowboy history is an interesting mystery. I'm afraid I haven't been to Cowtown yet, so I can't speak on that, but I know there were many horse farms and riding was a great recreation through the 1960's, according to my friends, many of whom remember learning how to ride horseback in their teens in that time. I was unable to find any history on Slim's Ranch and if anyone out there knows anything, I'd be interested to hear about it. firstname.lastname@example.org. Meanwhile, I'll contact some friends and see if I can find out more. See you on the trails! Jo Ann