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A Wild West Village in a Midlands Backyard

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Elgin, SC (WLTX) -- A retired assistant principal and military man has spent more than a decade building what some would call a masterpiece. Even schools visit his backyard to take a walk back through time in Whiskey Creek Village. 

Kenenth White spent more than a decade building a replica wild west village from the 1880 to 1900 time period. The Nebraska native decided to use his bare hands to bring the west to Elgin, and he literally put it in his backyard. 

White has even built a saloon, a church with beautiful stained glass windows, and an old-fashioned western jail complete with a prisoner in the bed. 

The hardest part about building may surprise you. White says the most difficult part was finding things to put inside all the buildings. He searched for antiques from South Carolina all the way to Oklahoma to fill the rooms, including old fashioned hats, dresses, and an antique cash register

5th grade classes often tour Whiskey Creek as part of their westward expansion lessons. "I enjoy it, " White says. "And I enjoy people coming to see it. It brings back memories of my childhood."

After 17 years of building, White says he's putting his hands to rest. When asked why he's finished building, White says "I ran out of room. I'm too old for it."

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