Tom Mix Monument
October 1, 2005

Tom Mix was one of the most popular movie stars of the entire silent file era.  He was killed October 12, 1940 in an automobile accident which occurred approximately 56 miles NW of where our Tucson home is now located.  The state of Arizona created a small roadside monument as a remembrance for all the wonderful movies starring this fine actor.  For those that aren't familiar with Tom Mix, search for his name using any Internet search page ~ you'll find thousands of links providing a wealth of both information and photographs!  Additionally, you may want to watch the Blake Edwards 1988 comedy "Sunset" starring Bruce Willis and James Garner.  Although this movie is largely fictional, it will give you some insight as to why Tom Mix was so popular!

Those of you who have read my photo tips might be interested to know that we took a total of 231 pictures, then deleted all but the 40 you see below ~ we hope you enjoy them!

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We made a number of stops along the way to take pictures of the desert scenery.

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A very nice "double" saguaro.

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A forest of cholla!

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Cholla may be one of the most dangerous of the Arizona cacti!

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Be careful Bonnie!  :)
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Palo verde.
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That's mistletoe growing in the palo verde.

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Close-up of the mistletoe.
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One of the many forms of wild "paddle" cactus.

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Fishhook cactus.
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Of course I had to take pictures of my new toy, which was purchased less than two weeks earlier.  :)

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We arrive at the monument.
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Now that's a 10-gallon hat!  :)
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On the way home we stopped at Picacho Peak to take a few more pictures.

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This is Picacho Peak itself.
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The peak photographed from a different angle.
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Views from the Picacho Peak state park.
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Horizontally along the middle of the picture, you'll see trucks on I-10, which we took back to Tucson.

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