Willcox in Cochise County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Rex Allen Memorial
[Marker mounted to the left of sculpture:]
Born December 31, 1920 to Horace and Faye Allen in Willcox, Rex Elvie Allen was cross-eyed at birth.
As a young boy, Rex sang in the barber shop on this very street. He and his Dad played for dances and rodeos in the 30's and he excelled in glee clubs and church choirs.
Rex left home determined to find his place in the career he loved – music. In 1945 at WLS Radio in Chicago, he gained nationwide popularity on "The National Barn Dance."
In 1946 he married Bonnie Linder, the mother of his children:
Rex Jr., Curtis, Mark and Bonita Allen.
Through the golden age of radio, Rex Allen starred with the greats:
Red Foley, Lulu Belle and Scotty, and George Gobel.
[Marker mounted to the right of sculpture:]
Rex Allen's recording career was launched with Mercury Records in 1946 and spanned 30 years. The song that became his trademark, "Streets of Laredo," sold over 3 million copies.
In 1949 Rex signed with Republic Pictures in Hollywood, the motion picture studio responsible for the careers of John Wayne,
In the television years of 1955-56, Rex starred in 39 episodes of "Frontier Doctor."
During the next three decades, Rex and Koko appeared at every major rodeo in the U.S. and Canada. His golden voice has been heard on hundreds of commercials over the years, and he narrated more than 100 nature films for Walt Disney.
Topics. This historical marker and memorial is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Communications • Entertainment • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is December 1907.
Location. 32° 15.15′ N, 109° 49.847′ W. Marker is in Willcox, Arizona, in Cochise County. Marker is on North Railroad Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Willcox AZ 85643, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Palace Saloon and Pool Hall, 1905 (within shouting distance of this marker); Railroad Avenue (within shouting distance of this marker); Headquarters Saloon (within shouting distance of this marker); Willcox Commercial Hotel, 1916 (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Schwertner House, 1880 (about 400 feet The Toggery, 1925 (about 400 feet away); The Southern Pacific Railroad Depot, 1880 (about 500 feet away); The Willcox Women's Community Center (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Willcox.
Also see . . .
1. Rex Allen on Find-A-Grave. Short biography and additional photos are posted on this entry. (Submitted on March 6, 2010.)
2. Rex Allen Arizona Cowboy Museum. With additional links to his music, photos and events. (Submitted on March 6, 2010.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 2, 2019. It was originally submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 1,858 times since then and 64 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on March 5, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. 9. submitted on April 12, 2016, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.