Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Friday, April 26, 2013

W = Willcox: A to Z Blogging Challenge

 Willcox, Arizona is in the southeastern part of the state along Interstate 10. It is a quiet town surrounded by cattle ranches, orchards and vineyards.

We used to spend quite a bit of time there as part of the Warren Earp Days. The youngest of the Earp brothers was killed in 1900 in the Headquarters Saloon and is buried in the local cemetery.

Railroad Avenue is the heart of the historic district and is home to the Rex Allen Museum.

Rex Allen was an actor, singer and songwriter. One of my favorite items in the museum was a pair of cowboy boots made into golfing shoes. That's dedication. He was born about 40 miles from Willcox and lived there until he left to tour as a rodeo rider. He later starred in 19 Westerns with his white horse, Koko.

Rex Allen died in Tucson at the age of 78 and his cremains scattered at the Railroad Park in Willcox.

At the time we were going down there on a regular basis the Marty Robbins Museum was in Glendale, Arizona. It has since moved to Willcox.

Marty Robbins was a top singer and songwriter in country and western and pop recordings. He was born in Glendale and lived there until he joined the US Navy in World War II. On his return to the Phoenix area he did local performances until he was discovered and moved to the Grand Ole Opry.
He was also a Nascar race driver and acted in various movies.

The best apple pie I've ever had was from Stout's Cider Farm. Sadly the economy forced them close as it has so many small businesses. I wrote about one of their pies here.

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To learn more about the A to Z Blogging Challenge go here.