Our New Home!  Starting in 2002, members of The Castle Gate Posse were deeply involved with a committee of shooters from throughout the area in planning and building a Shooting Facility.  Monies were found through Gas and Oil Royalties.  In 2005, Carbon County purchased 640 acres south of Price and an architect was hired.  Phase 1 was to include Long Range, 1,000, 600,100 yard ranges with covered shooting benches, Archery, Law Enforcement, a Cowboy Action Town, a camp ground, and Main Cabin with meeting rooms and living quarters for the Range Manager. 

     Cowboy Murder’n Maude was sent out on the property to find a spot for the CAS Town.  What she found was a box canyon just big enough to fit 14 False Fronts in a horseshoe shape.  She did some preliminary drawings including a cabin with real bathrooms, a shaded patio on the north side, and a kitchen/meeting room. All this went to the Architect and when the first meeting with the Gun Committee was over, we finally felt like it was really going to happen.  In May of 2007, The North Springs Shooting and Recreation Range was opened.   The boardwalks of Castle Gate Town echoed with the boot heels of the new  law in town, The Castle Gate Posse.

     The false fronts were designed to reflect an old west town and was given the name of Castle Gate after a mining town founded in 1886 with the opening of the Castle Gate Mine #1.  Butch Cassidy of outlaw fame robbed the payroll of the Pleasant Valley Coal Company on April 21, 1897, making off with $7,000 in gold.  Modern day gunslingers still walk the street of Castle Gate in this premier Cowboy Action Shooting town.

     History of the local Cabon County, Utah, area is incorporated in the names of some of the buildings. Knight's Saloon is named for "Uncle" Jessee Knight who established the mining town of Spring Canyon.  A devout Mormon, he forbade saloons and gambling houses and even penalized his workers for too much carousing.  Naming a saloon in his owner, even a pretend one, is a tongue-in-cheek example of Maude's sense of humor.  The Barber Shop is named for Toy Atwood, a local barber from a family who settled in Carbon County back in the early days before law and order where properly established.  The Blacksmith's Forge is named for Vern Barker, a member of the Castle Gate Posse who built the bell that hangs in the tower of the Church at Castle Gate. 

Today Castle Gate Town draws Cowboy Action Shooters and visitors alike who want to step back in time for a moment and experience a little of the old west.   


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