On the way into Florence Arizona (see yesterday's post), I stopped at the Tom Mix memorial. For those of you who don't know, Tom Mix was a star of numerous silent pictures depicting the old west. Just to be clear, that was way before my time but I know my parents knew who he was. Mix was killed in an auto accident on this site and this monument was placed here in his memory. The memorial reads:
January 6, 1880 - October 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.