The Shady Rest motel is owned was Kate Bradley who runs it with her daughters Bobbie Jo, Billie Jo, and Betty Jo. She has a problem with her lazy Uncle Joe who always tries to make money for the motel or himself from numerous silly schemes. They travel to Sam Drucker's Store by the Cannonball an old time train run by Charlie Pratt with Floyd Smoot the conductor.
Last Episode07x26 Betty Jo's Business Aired: Apr. 04, 1970
Betty Jo Elliott starts a day nursery to augment the family income.
Series Fun Facts
- The town of Pixley, at one end of the Cannonball's route, was named for Pixley, California. A number of location shots were filmed in the real Pixley.
- To pick the three Bradley girls, Paul Henning interviewed 1,500 women. At the suggestion of Bea Benaderet, one of the girls he picked was his daughter, Linda Henning.
- Goof (revealing mistake): Even though the Cannonball is supposed to be a wood burning locomotive, and the tender car is loaded with chopped wood, the smokestack is blowing pitch black smoke.…
[show]Goof (revealing mistake): Even though the Cannonball is supposed to be a wood burning locomotive, and the tender car is loaded with chopped wood, the smokestack is blowing pitch black smoke. It should be blowing mostly white or light gray smoke from the wood. The black smoke reveals the real-life locomotive actually burned oil.