Florence in Pinal County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Tom Mix & Tony, Jr.
The silhouette was designed by Fernando Arriola. This Tony, Jr. was stolen and missing for two years. The re-dedication of this memorial was held February 19, 1994, by the Pinal County Historical Society on its Museum grounds in Florence, Arizona.
Erected 1994 by Pinal County Historical Society.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Arts, Letters, Music. A significant historical date for this entry is February 19, 1994.
Location. 33° 1.504′ N, 111° 23.241′ W. Marker is in Florence, Arizona, in Pinal County. Marker is on South Main Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 715 South Main Street, Florence AZ 85132, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Truman – Randell House (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Florence High School (approx. 0.2 miles away); George-Brockway House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Harvey-Niemeyer House (approx. 0.3 miles Elmer Coker House (approx. 0.4 miles away); C.D. Henry House (approx. 0.4 miles away); Thomas Fulbright Residence (approx. 0.4 miles away); The First Presbyterian Church of Florence (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Florence.
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Also see . . . The Silent Film Career of Tony the Wonder Horse. 2016 article by Elena Passarello in The Paris Review. Excerpt:
The reviews of the jump were breathless: “The crashing climax—Tony’s very remarkable jump across a yawning abyss with Tom Mix on his back—is startling in its realism. There’s no fake to this scene. No possible way it could be faked. And besides, faking scenes is beneath the dignity of Tom and Tony.”(Submitted on February 8, 2020.)
The jump is totally fake, of course; the figures were obviously shrunk to make the distance of the leap look more daring. And though Tom Mix swore to the press it was the two of them who performed the trick (and that they did it five times), a couple movie stuntmen have since laid claim to it. Besides, Tony had become too much of an insurance risk to be taxed with dangerous action; it’s bad business for a wonder horse to
Credits. This page was last revised on February 8, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,748 times since then and 38 times this year. It was the Marker of the Week February 16, 2020. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on January 20, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 4. submitted on January 20, 2010. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.