OLD TUCSON STUDIOS II

One of the performers at Old Tucson Studios was our friend Rob Doudell, who’s the spitin’ image of Gabby Hayes.

Although we’ve been there before to do interviews for our radio show and attend a Western Music Association event, this is the first time I’ve spent any time there…at least not three days.

Old Tucson Studios is a fun place to go, even if you aren’t a tenderfoot. As a bonus, everyone who works there is always friendly and helpful.

OLD TUCSON STUDIOS

We’re presently at Tucson, Arizona attending the Old Tucson Studios Wild West Weekend.

There are gunfights…right next to our booth…stagecoach rides and about everything else Old West.

Right across from us is a donkey and mule. They not only add to the visual ambiance, they also provide the aroma of the Old West.

Incidentally, Sourdough Slim is our own personal entertainment.

Do stop by if you’re in the area

WILD WEST DAYS

We’re packing to head down to Tucson, Arizona and Old Tucson Studios for Tucson Studios’ Wild West Days.  At one time they were the location of several John Wayne movies and High Chaparral.   Here’s how they describe the event:

“Get ready for a rip roarin’ good time as Old Tucson presents Wild West Days – a salute to southwestern History, Heritage and Culture on Friday, March 30 thru Sunday, April 1, 2012! If you’re looking for an experience to remember, don’t miss the 3rd Annual Wild West Days! This three-day festival celebrates Old Tucson’s emergence as Southern Arizona’s destination for showcasing local History, Culture and Heritage in the western tradition. This exciting event pleases all ages with an array of daily educational presentations as well as exciting entertainment and activities.”

If you’re going to be in the area stop by and say HI!

Here’s a link to their web site: www.oldtucson.com

GOLIAD

We all know of the Texan’s battle cry of “Remember the Alamo” during their battle with Mexico. But there was a second part to that battle cry.

On this date back in 1836 Santa Anna’s army defeated a group of Texans at Goliad. When they surrendered he took 417 revolutionaries out and executed them.

His thinking was that an inexplicable act such as this would break the rebel’s spirit. Instead it inspired them, and the battle cry became “Remember the Alamo and Goliad!”

Less than a month later, Texan forces under General Sam Houston dealt a stunning blow to Santa Anna’s army in the Battle of San Jacinto, and Texas won its independence.

GOOD SAM RALLY

I spent the weekend in Phoenix at the Good Sam National Rally. I did three presentations to the attendees. At each presentation all the chairs in the tent were filled. There were about a thousand people in total who heard the presentations.

I did one presentation on what it was like to be a pioneer in 1845 coming out west. The other two were about what a wrangler experienced on an 1869 cattle drive from Texas to Kansas.

It always amazes and excites me how people enjoy the history of our American West…as you do.

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