Not far from Omaha is a small town that's had hundreds of visitors, but only two residents and they want to sell. It's a place tucked in the hills near Fort Calhoun where you can get a taste of frontier life. The old west still lives hidden away at Hideaway Ranch.
Jim Yates walks back in time on the boardwalk of his real life back yard playhouses. “Want to see the jail?”
The Hideaway Ranch has a replica of a frontier town where visitors can act like rowdy cowboys sleeping it off for the night. “The jail is just part of the romance of the town.”
In the old west, the jail was never far from the saloon and every visitor to the Hideaway Saloon draws their name somewhere on the ceiling or wall. Visitors have signed on at the saloon over the last 30 years. “There's a story Robert Redford came out here once,” said Yates.
Down the walk is a town hall for family gatherings and a bunkhouse for when the grandchildren stay overnight. “You can have a western movie right here, you wouldn't have to go anywhere.”
Everyone is getting older so Jim and his wife hired a realtor to put Hideaway Ranch on the market for $725,000. “Some of the people we're going to direct market to are church groups and nonprofits,” said realtor Dick Gibb.
A ranch house overlooks the frontier town surrounded by a modern world with an asphalt street and heated pool. “I think it's a pretty fair price we put on this,” said Gibb.
The hitching posts stand empty and instead of cattle, herds of wild turkeys roam the 15-acre ranch. “It’s time to hang up my hat,” said Yates. When the ranch sells, he'll take his 10-gallon memories to a condo in Omaha.
The original owner of Hideaway Ranch, Dr. Chet Singer, started the frontier front street to keep alive the spirit of the old west. The next owners added on to the town. The present owner will have an open house for prospective buyers in late April.