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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
Thursday, September 20th, 2018

Guest Book

Please leave your memories and comments in this public guest book so we can share your thoughts with our other visitors.

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Date: 8/27/2018   Time: 7:09:10 PM
Comments: I have fond memories of this place. Thanks for creating this website to remind me of happy moments of my childhood
Date: 6/27/2018   Time: 9:47:38 PM
Comments: This is FABULOUS. Just stumbled upon this site via the wiki. Such great memories of all-access nights there, back when the intoxicating smell of orange blossoms still hung heavily over the Valley of the Sun. Phoenix in the '70s—the only way I want to remember it! Looking forward to combing through later (I still have a plastic tumbler; it's now a beloved potting soil scoop). Love it when people preserve stuff like this on the web, what a find, thank you! –Kim
Date: 6/22/2018   Time: 6:33:31 PM
Comments: Had fun in late 60's and early1970's there. Great website.
Date: 4/11/2018   Time: 4:25:57 AM
Comments: I was soooooooo hoping you guys would have the one park map that im looking for. but of course you have them all BUT that one. Its the map from like the early '70's that showed a big wooden roller coaster as "future attraction" over where Comptan Terrace would eventually go. Any chance you have a pic of that or know where i can find it?
Date: 3/12/2018   Time: 11:41:39 PM
Comments: Looking to buy anything legend city or wallace and ladmo related. Please send email and pics if possible. Thank you.
Date: 11/25/2017   Time: 5:42:21 AM
Comments: Legend City was a Great place. It opened on my 10th Birthday. We, that is My Siblings & I, knew the Park quite well by then, because we spent time there with our Dad, who was a Special Services Division Employee for the Coca-Cola Company.

He spent a lot of time there assembling Coca-Cola dispensing equipment in the various concession stands & places like the Golden Palace Saloon.

In fact there is a very good Picture of Our hard workin' Dad (Len Boss) on top left of the Golden Palace Saloon Page, pushing a Hand Truck stacked with Coca-Cola Pre-Mix Tanks to his Coke Truck which is parked in front of the "Golden Palace Saloon... See for Yourself.

Wayne Boss
Sr. Fire Prevention Specialist II- Phoenix Fire Dept. (Retired)
Date: 8/11/2017   Time: 3:07:31 AM
Comments: Legend City was a place to take visitors, from out of state. I wish it could be brought back. Today we need some of this type of family entertainment. What an amazing place to spend the day. Thank you for sharing! We keep losing our history! A wonderful gift for those of us who remember.
Ruth Hoover
Date: 6/9/2017   Time: 5:56:42 AM
Comments: I also wish I would have been able to experience this park in its prime. I was born just a bit too late. It looks amazing and I can tell the pictures you have up are drenched in memories.
Date: 4/7/2017   Time: 11:45:28 PM
Comments: Wonderful commemorative page. I seem to recall association with Looney Tunes and having some of their characters occasionally wandering around too. They should have stayed open year round. They were always busy---far busier than Tombstone and a better deal, yet Tombstone lives. From what I understand, their first season was a massive failure and they struggled to stay open thereafter. One of their best features was just paying admission rather than the ticket books like Disney.

There is an amusement park planned for the intersection of I-8 and I-10. The middle of nowhere. Terrible idea.
Date: 9/23/2016   Time: 1:50:47 AM
Comments: Oh WOW!!! I was thinking about my Dad tonight and came across your site. Noticed my older sister Mimi had left a comment about our Dad Frank LaVigne being one of the designers of Legend city. I was there on opening day also in a stroller at the age of two. As I got older I remember my father saying how proud he was to have been one of the designers for the park. I have slides from opening day if anyone is interested? Congrats on celebrating such a fun place to remember! Brent R. LaVigne
Date: 7/14/2016   Time: 6:21:34 AM
Comments: Great memories seeing Def Leppard there for their Pyromania tour in September 1983, they were the headliner. Fans were so excited they pushed against the stage and Joe Elliott had to stop in the middle of a song to calm the crowd. They finally left the stage and said they would not come back until the crowd moved back, people up front were getting smashed and passing out. They sent dozens of ambulances and medical staff to help out until everyone finally moved back. Def Leppard came out and absolutely put on an unbelievable show, definitely made me a fan for life. They were one of the best live bands I have ever seen...wow the memories.
Date: 7/9/2016   Time: 4:42:56 PM
Comments: I have wondered what happened to the old Chaparral race course. I have fond memories of that place. I found out about it through one of those promotional cards at a hotel, and thought it would be fun. Well it was! That course was WAY more challenging than I thought. They had a "special" giving you 15 laps for the price of 10, so of course I went for it. I was SO sore when I got out of that car! I couldn't believe how challenging it was, you really had to work hard to get a decent time. At that time they even had a more "advanced" car you could drive if you got good enough times. I never did while I was in town. I miss that place. But times have changed and I can't wait to take on some of the newer E-Karting courses. Auto racing is my favorite sport! Thanks for keeping that memory alive!
Date: 4/15/2016   Time: 4:21:04 PM
Comments: E-MAIL FOR ALL INFORMATION CONCERNING MUSIC GROUPS WHO PLAYED AT LEGEND CITY/COMPTON TERRACE/ENCANTO BANDSHELL FROM 1966-1976 PLEASE REACH ME AT ricardo.rocchio@gmail.com .....HAPPY TRAILS
Date: 4/15/2016   Time: 3:35:53 PM
Comments: BOY HOWDY; TALK ABOUT THE WAYBACK MACHINE PEABODY...DOES ANYONE REMEMBER MOST OF THE MUSIC GROUPS FROM THE EARLIEST TO THE END. IM TRYING TO COMPILE A LIST OF THE CONCERT MUSICAL CHRONOLOGY (ORDER) FOR LEGEND CITY AND BIG SURF. I REMEMBER AT LEGEND CITY HEARING ALL THE BANDS FROM RARE EARTH TO JOE WALSH.....I JUST NEED TO KNOW THE ARTIST/BAND ROCK-N-ROLL HISTORY FROM THE ENCANTO BANDSHELL THROUGH THE COMPTON TERRACE YEARS UP TILL 1980......THANK YOU ALL FOR YOUR WONDERFUL MEMORIES.....HAPPY TRIALS
Date: 1/25/2016   Time: 5:21:52 AM
Comments: The email for the uniforms is jshragge@cox.net.
Date: 1/25/2016   Time: 5:19:10 AM
Comments: I have some of the old band uniforms from LC. If you are interested or know anyone who may be interested contact me. Some of the names in the uniforms are Harold Simms, Eddie Fallon, Fred Maynard, Don Keller, and Dan Strawberry.
Date: 11/7/2015   Time: 1:53:08 AM
Comments: Worked there the last 3 years for Barbara Capell in the Mexican Village and the Pit Stop. Was such a great place. Went to many concerts at Compton Terrace and worked some of them. So many memories will definitely go to the exhibit. I still have some of my stuff from there cups, key chains, etc.HW
Date: 10/24/2015   Time: 2:38:04 PM
Comments: Looking forward to the museum exhibit!
Date: 8/22/2015   Time: 1:27:10 PM
Comments: WOW SAW THIS BY ACCIDENT !
I WAS VISITING MY RELATIVES IN SCOTTSDALE 1981 WHEN I WAS 13 OR SO
THEY TOOK ME HERE IT WAS A GREAT PLACE
I RAN AROUND ALL DAY AND WENT TO EVERY RIDE
JIMMY DALELIO BOSTON, MA. AUG. 201510/23/2015
Date: 8/7/2015   Time: 10:49:48 AM
Comments: Loved this place! Great hang out for kids. The ultimate baby sitter. I still have a Legend City Bumper sticker on one of my small tool boxes!
Date: 7/30/2015   Time: 2:12:50 PM
Comments: The Tempe History Museum is preparing a Legend City exhibit that is scheduled to open in November 2015. They are looking for donations or loans of memorabilia and photos, and for people to do oral histories about Legend City experiences. Contact the museum for more information 480-350-5100. http://www.tempe.gov/city-hall/community-services/tempe-history-museum/contact-us

Submitted by Jerry Gantt, LC employee 1970 - 1974.
Date: 7/26/2015   Time: 8:55:14 PM
Comments: I remember being about 6 or 7 and being aloud to operate a little skeeter boat with a small outboard motor around the park by myself without any type of direct supervision. I did not drown, crash, fall out and chop myself up on the motor, nothing. And i remembered this my whole life as being the most fun a kid can ever have.
Date: 7/14/2015   Time: 7:25:05 PM
Comments: Anybody have any legend city items for sale. Money isn't a problem if you have anything. Please email me at mikeyrs_85053@yahoo.com
Date: 6/28/2015   Time: 6:21:21 PM
Comments: I grew up in Gilbert and went to Legend City in the early 80's. Wish it was still there so I could take my kids now. Great memories!
Date: 5/26/2015   Time: 6:59:31 AM
Comments: I remember as a child going to Legend City. Sometimes I would skip Jr. High and play games their all day long. Thanks for the great memories.
Date: 5/23/2015   Time: 12:03:41 PM
Comments: If I had a billion dollars I would rebuild a new Legend City here in the valley. It was our local Disneyland and kept us kids out of trouble. The bumper cars, the Lost Dutchman and the Zipper always smelled like puke but we still rode it. I remember fishing inside the Phoenix zoo. Those were the days.
Date: 3/8/2015   Time: 9:47:39 PM
Comments: Thank you for the soundtrack to the Wallace and Ladmo Show. It brought a hearty smile to my face thinking about a bygone era!5/19/2015
Date: 12/18/2014   Time: 12:04:02 PM
Comments: The creator of this site (John Bueker) has done a wonderful job of saving and protecting our memories during this fun time in our lives. He is to be congratulated and thought of as a curator and historian. His skill in finding and displaying archival material is almost mythological - where does he find all this stuff? He has allowed many of us to return to an easier and less complicated time of our lives - times we probably wish we could experience again. His new book about Legend City is for sale now (December 2014) and I encourage everyone to buy it and let your own children know of this wonderful piece of history. If we had more people like John, the world would be a better place.12/28/2014
Date: 10/11/2014   Time: 10:07:38 AM
Comments: I remember going to LC as a child, I was probably 3/4 years old. The park seemed so big! I remember the log flume ride and I also remember the cable cars that went up over the park. When you pulled up into the parking you would see the cable cars and such excitement and anxiety would flow. It was a really fun place to go. I have great memories of the park, however I also have a very bad memory that I laugh about today. Bullwinkle and Rocky were at the park and they came over to me for a picture. Bullwinkle reached down to hug me and I darted screaming... I thought that he was going to eat me or something. I really think it was funny when looking back. I also would like to add that yes we went during the summer and it wasn't that bad. It would be great to see a real theme park come to town. I would buy annual passes to it for my family!11/14/2014
Date: 9/11/2014   Time: 11:34:05 AM
Comments: Worked at Legend City around 1969-1971. Started as a street sweeper and then became a ride operator primarily working the Rage Cage but also on the Parachute and Tarantula. Then for a few extra bucks I would occasionally spray the park for mosquito abatement.
Date: 9/1/2014   Time: 2:31:25 AM
Comments: Howdy to all from the DuBach Family~..1948 is when my Parents became Zonies~ I personally worked at Weldons Riding Stables and herded *City Dudes* around Papago Golf Course as a kid~
Date: 8/11/2014   Time: 9:26:49 PM
Comments: It is 2014 and I am 58 yrs. Love Love Loved LEGEND CITY. It IS 2014 and time for a new amusement park. I think legend city should be resurrected. 75% of park attractions should either be a water park and an Amazing Jakes type of place......with a Mall and a Movie Theater geared towards tourist kids and teens..........Yes we will need the train. Then we'll need Castles and coasters rides.......and of course the lost Dutchman's mine.Only 25% of park should have outdoors attractions. There should be a Wallace and Ladmo theater that shows the old television episodes.That way the park makes money all year. Li.nes for waiting in line will need to be cool somehow. Come on investors...........where's are your imaginations. From a local young at heart Phoenix Public School Educator who will forever be a kid at heart.
Date: 7/25/2014   Time: 11:25:17 AM
Comments: Got my Mom's fingernail in my eye while riding the teacup ride - she was waving her arms around wildly from having so much fun she forgot her child was in the teacup also!

And not just the rides - what about the ORIGINAL COMPTON TERRACE!! Saw many great bands there: Elton John, The Cars, Def Leppard, Billy Squier, too many to list. Both Legend City and Compton are some of the best memories of my life.8/10/2014
Date: 7/25/2014   Time: 11:11:51 AM
Comments: I grew up in Chicago where we lost an old fashioned amusement park called Riverview.
Date: 7/25/2014   Time: 10:45:21 AM
Comments: Being a native I remember when way back when we used to go see the stage shows there (Wallace and Ladmo) Truly an era that has again gone.
Date: 6/15/2014   Time: 8:47:45 PM
Comments: Thank you for putting this site together. I was born in 1974 in Phoenix , lived in Tempe and Mesa. Legend City was a great place. The log ride was my favorite. I remember the fruit drinks shaped as fruit. Going for ice cream in the park. Getting lost in the mirror room. Arizona could use another amusement park. :-)
Date: 6/11/2014   Time: 10:26:13 PM
Comments: FIRST, thank you so much for putting this website together. I first visited Legend City on family vacation in 1977; we were living in New York but had family in Phoenix. We then moved to Glendale in 1979 and became regular visitors until closing day. I remember growing into a punk teenager and making fun of the park but now I would do anything to have it back... I miss the park and the simpler time SOOOO much, thank you again for running this wonderful website!
Date: 5/31/2014   Time: 7:36:26 PM
Comments: Saw the article in the Republic today. When we were kids, going to Legend City was such a treat! The best was if you were invited to a birthday party at Legend City. I remember seeing an appearance by "Robin" (Burt Ward) from TV's Batman series. I will never forget that! Non-natives will NEVER 'understand'! Brad6/10/2014
Date: 5/31/2014   Time: 12:20:08 PM
Comments: We lived in Glendale so when our parents would take a group of us there, it was a big treat. Must have gone at least 10 times which was a lot for the distance. Wish we had an amusement park like this in the Phoenix area again. Has anyone said Kickstarter! Look what Reading Rainbow just pulled off.
Debbie
Date: 5/31/2014   Time: 5:36:52 AM
Comments: I used to work there in the late 60's. I was in college and gave employees breaks on the iron rides. It was a fun time for all.
Date: 5/26/2014   Time: 6:37:42 PM
Comments: My dad used to take us there every summer! What a great place!
Riding the Iron Horse, witht he train robbery, is a memory I will never forget!5/30/2014

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