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Near Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

In Memory of Tom Mix

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
1. In Memory of Tom Mix Marker
Inscription.  
Jan. 6, 1880 - Oct. 12, 1940
In Memory of
Tom Mix
Whose spirit left his body on this spot.
And whose characterization and portrayals
in life served to better fix memories of
the old west in the minds of living men.

 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is January 6, 1798.
 
Location. 32° 49.289′ N, 111° 12.212′ W. Marker is near Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on Arizona Route 79 at milepost 115, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Florence AZ 85132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 18 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Mormon Battalion Trail (approx. 16.7 miles away); Memorial to the 1st California Cavalry Volunteers (approx. 16.7 miles away); Florence High School (approx. 17½ miles away); Tom Mix & Tony, Jr. (approx. 17.7 miles away).
 
More about this marker. Marker is located at a rest area along the highway.
 
Also see . . .  Hollywood’s First Western Megastar. Excerpt:
On October 12, 1940, after visiting Pima County Sheriff Ed Echols in Tucson,
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By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
2. In Memory of Tom Mix Marker
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Arizona, Mix headed north towards Phoenix on U.S. Highway 80 (now Arizona State Route 79), driving his 1937 Cord 812 Phaeton. He stopped to call his agent at the Oracle Junction Inn, a popular gambling and drinking establishment, then continued toward Phoenix. About eighteen miles south of Florence, Mix came upon construction barriers at a bridge washed away by a flash flood. Unable to stop in time, his car swerved twice, then overturned in a gully. A large aluminum suitcase containing money, traveler’s checks, and jewels, situated on the package shelf behind his head, hurtled forward and struck him, breaking his neck. He was 60 years old.
(Submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.) 
 
In Memory of Tom Mix Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, January 16, 2010
3. In Memory of Tom Mix Marker
Tom Mix image. Click for full size.
4. Tom Mix
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,569 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on January 19, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   4. submitted on January 20, 2010. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.

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