Tom Mix Memorial

Located on Arizona State Route 79

Tom Mix was a western movie star who is memorialized at the site of his death with a black iron silhouette of a riderless bronco. Mix ignored warnings about a gully bridge being out due to roadwork and crashed his 1937 Cord into the wash. The Memorial commemorates Mix and Tony ‘the wonder horse.” At his peak of popularity, Mix earned $17,500 a week making B Western films. Mix was said to have been a Texas Ranger, a hero in the Spanish American War, an adventurer who charged up San Juan Hill with Roosevelt’s Rough Riders and a rider with Pancho Villa. These claims were mostly the work of his publicity agent. Mix was a cowboy and respected horses, but he deserted his military post at Fort Hancock, New Jersey and was once arrested for horse stealing. His work in Hollywood made him a national idol.