Half way through Kentucky you’ll pass through a small town called Cave City with a population of just 2000 people. If you look up on the one hill in town you’ll see a building with the large letters GUNTOWN MTN. It opened in 1969 as a western themed park and operated as a roadside attraction complete with shootouts and public hangings until 2013 when it closed. In 2015 Louisville business owner, Will Russell purchased the property and changed the name to Funtown Mountain. This is where it starts to get weird.
Long story short, Will began to crack under the pressure of the property and lack of revenue. The details are unclear and terribly unfortunate but the long history of mental illness combined with stress caused Will to break his 19 year sobriety stint. The series of events were an odd blend of Willy Wonka and The Shining but in a Western town. Will began to act out publicly with multiple arrests including one instance where he was noted as “acting like a savage.” It was said he trashed the property expressing his “art.” There are remnants of paint splatters on many of the buildings, broken glass everywhere and items strewn about. He invited the public to come take what they want which created a looter like scenario. The city deemed the property unfit for human occupancy and shut it down. It is now up for auction. We are going to do our best to buy it and restore it to a Country Western, Bluegrass & Americana theme park! To take part in the process through contributions or event ticket purchases follow this link.
Here are just some of the items I found today at Funtown Mountain (Guntown Mountain). One day Muddy Roots Mountain. (Hopefully)
An old haunted house on a hill. Very “Bates Motel.”
A doll head on a table.
A forgotten bike.
A looted and trashed gift shop.
A storage closet with thousands of vintage Guntown Mountain postcards thrown everywhere.
I’m thinking this was an original Guntown sign.
Old Guntown sign. Not for the weak.
A jail cell.
A dead mannequin in a coffin.
Will Russell caught white handed.
The Guntown Mountain Opera House. Come in to the light Carolanne.
Baby bottles. I don’t know.
Paint chips for munchies.
70’s bumper cars.
In the back of a pitch dark warehouse sits a corner of circus games and animal costumes with large heads.
This on the dark hallway floor.
Some sort of fire extinguisher party happened here.
Heads on the wall everywhere.
A living room type setup in the green room back stage in the mountain top warehouse saloon complete with a coffin, love seat, chicken lamp and beer bottles on the floor.
Said chicken lamp.
Dolls on a swing on a stage in a pitch black room.
Found that head with my flashlight.
Giant clown in a dark corner.
Headless choir boy statue.
This poor guy.
Take me with you!
Funtown Beetlejuice mural in a warehouse.
Elvis Presley altar.
Chicken in the dark.
The only operational ride at Funtown Mountain.
The chairlift up top the mountain with no seats.
Thank you for taking a peak at the odd finds up at Funtown Mountain. We hope the previous owner is recovering. It’s our turn to step up to be better stewards to an American roadside attraction gem. If you’d like to take part in the process with a contribution or event ticket purchase please CLICK HERE!