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Railtown 1897 State Historic Park
30-APR-2006

Railtown 1897 State Historic Park

Exterior scenes from the TV series Petticoat Junction and Green Acres were filmed in and near Jamestown.

The most unique "character" in the Petticoat Junction cast is The Hooterville Cannonball, an abbreviated steam-driven train run more like a taxi service by its two engineers, Charley Pratt and Floyd Smoot. It is not uncommon for the men of the Cannonball to make an unscheduled stop in order to go fishing or pick fruit for Kate Bradley's menu at the Shady Rest Hotel. Occasionally, Betty Jo Bradley can be found with her hand on the Cannonball's throttle, as driving the train home from trips into town is one of her favorite pasttimes.

The petticoat of the title is an old-fashioned garment once worn under a woman's skirt. The opening titles of the series featured a display of petticoats hanging on the side of a large railroad water tank where the three daughters are skinnydipping. In fact, the show's opening theme is said to contain a hint of sexual innuendo in the line, "Lots of curves you bet and even more when you get to the Junction." This means that the line could be referring not to the railroad tracks, but to the figures of Kate Bradley's three beautiful daughters.



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LynnH08-Mar-2011 19:50
Thanks... now I have the Petticoat Junction song in my head...

This is a great shot!
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