Tattered Past

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Monday, April 15, 2013

M = Mix, Tom: A to Z Blogging Challenge

 
 Mix, Tom or Thomas Edwin "Tom" Mix was born in 1880 and died in 1940. Here in Arizona that was still the days of cowboys and shootouts and many of the early Westerns were filmed in our state. He began cowboying in Oklahoma where he gained recognition for his horsemanship, shooting and roping. He even travelled to Prescott, Arizona to be part of the contests.
 
Tom Mix became started in silent movies and became the first real Western star through the 291 films of his career. He did his own stunts and had his own horse, Tony.
 
In 1929 Mix was a pallbearer at the funeral of Wyatt Earp. It was reported that "he wept."
On October 12, 1940 Mix was driving his 1937 on the highway from Tucson to Florence, Arizona. He couldn't stop in time when a construction area appeared and after swerving the car rolled into a gully and pinned his body underneath. He was killed instantly.
Now known as "Tom Mix Wash" a marker has been erected with a plaque in his memory: "In memory of Tom Mix whose spirit left his body on this spot and whose characterization and portrayals inlife sesrved to better fix memories of the old West in the minds of living men."
 

 
 
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3 comments:

  1. Don't know much about western stars. Sounds like an interesting fellow. Bummer, 60 is still pretty young to go. :(

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    1. I'm turning 60 this year. It does seem so young. Thanks for visiting.

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  2. Mix was one of the greats, but William S. Hart was the first Western star. He's been all but forgotten because he didn't make the transition to talking pictures. Hart was also at Earp's funeral, but accounts vary as to whether he was a pallbearer along with Mix.

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