Monday, February 13, 2012

A short trip to Wilcox, AZ

These first three pictures are in the Dragoon Mountains about 15 miles east of Benson on I-10. Some of the rock formations along the interstate are spectacular and these pics from a moving car don't do them justice.

This is a roadside pull-off with awesome long vista views of the Dragoon Mountains and the valley to the east.

Wilcox is the birthplace and hometown of Western star and singer Rex Allen. This is his gravesite on the edge of town and across the street from the Rex Allen Museum.

Another hometown boy was singer and actor Marty Robbins. There is a lot of Marty Robbins memorabilia in there.
Below are some of Rex Allen's costumes from his singing career. The silver mounted saddle is a parade saddle made in California for him.
During this quick trip we found the oldest continually operating store in Arizona where Kathy and I purchased some western wear on sale. It is the Wilcox Commercial, owned by only 3 families since 1880. All these attractions are on Railroad Ave. in Wilcox.

We will return to Wilcox in the next several weeks to see the approx. 30,000 Sandhill Cranes that winter here. Then we will go up to the Chiricahua National Monument in the Chiricahua Mountains south of Wilcox. This is also the location of the Cochise stronghold where he lived out his days. We’ll do a blog post when we go.

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