What’s With the Old West Theme at Gower Gulch Shopping Center?

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What’s with the Old West theme at the Gower Gulch shopping center, and what happened to the celebrity sidewalk stars there?

The hokey false fronts and vintage medicine wagon (the mall’s caretaker used to live inside) were installed there when the center opened in 1976. The cowboy motif was a tribute to the B-movie westerns made by Columbia Pictures and the nearby “poverty row” studios.

But after a handful of bronze plaques honoring western stars had come loose from the pavement, the center’s owners recently pulled the trigger and sent them to the bone orchard.

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