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IMAGES OF ARIZONA

March 4, 2011

 

Song: "Arizona Cowboy" composed and sung by Rex Allen.

 

  Rex Allen Museum displays

  Rex Allen bronze statue and heart

  Queen Mine

  Queen Mine Tour

  Bisbee

  Tombstone

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        When I was a little girl, I used to buy Rex Allen comics and sketch his face. I was about 14 when I finally heard him sing, and I was hooked for life. I would set my alarm to get up early to hear his 5-minute radio program beginning with "Howdy, Pardner. How you-all?" and hope he would choose "Nothin' to Do" for his featured song. Inspired by Rex's perfect example, I learned to yodel - with my head in a pillow. (Yodeling is seldom a popular sound to most people and it has to be done with perfect pitch.)

        In later years, I met his friends and his son but Rex died accidentally before I could meet him. Through his friends, I came to know more about him and wondered about the museum in his old home town, Willcox. I never expected to ever walk through the door, but here I am. The museum is excellent, a real labour of love, and the docent warm and friendly. I took pictures of everything so I could study them later. I could easily have spent a full day there but I didn't want to test Milton and Pam's patience to the limit! I gave the interior of the museum its own page and the photos are full size for scrolling around and looking more closely at the displays.

 

 Read more about Rex.

 Listen to his Tribute to John Wayne.

Listen to his most famous song, Streets of Laredo.

 

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"Rango" uses "Cool Water" by Bob Nolan

 

 

 

 

Koko is buried there, also, in the shadow of a larger-than-life bronze of Rex, who himself was larger than life. Inside that statue is a bronze heart, complete with aortas.  He wanted to ensure that his heart would always be in Arizona. (Michelle Sundin photo)

 

 

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An elderly singer used the platform to sing and sell his own recordings.

 

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On to Bisbee...

 

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Lavender Pit, Bisbee

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Lavender Pit, Bisbee

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Brewery Gulch looks much as it did in the days when the town was a mining camp.

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Milton and Pam donned the hard hats and slickers and took the tour. I listened to my claustrophobia and stayed in the car, arranging my photos.

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On to Tombstone, only to find it was closed for dinner so we missed the gunfight at the OK Corral. We took a few snapshots as we drove through town instead.

 

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