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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.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.
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
Date: 5/19/2014 Time: 10:04:23 PM
Comments: Being born and raised in Phoenix, Legend City was a part of me. Best place to be on a summer night. When I got older, I would buy a ticket to Legend City and then hop the fence to see the concerts at Compton Terrace!
Date: 4/13/2014 Time: 2:05:41 PM
Comments: I grew up in tempe Arizona and watch Legend City be built. I remember the evening men came to our house to get our patrents to invest in this new park. it was no Disney but if they had worked at it it would of been i have many great memories of this park and was so sad to see it close . I keep thinking and hoing someone are some big company will bring this park back to life disney style. Arizona needs a good family park what better that to bring the goast of Legend City back to life.My best memory was seeing the love of my life Vonda Kay Vandyke perform i was a young kid and very much in love with her , but alass she became the worlds sweetheart when she went on to become Miss America like i had a chance . Great memories great fun and much more glad i found your sight
Date: 4/11/2014 Time: 6:39:35 PM
Comments: I have the wonderful memory of seeing Wallace after one of his stage shows at Legend City in a plain T-shirt. I rushed over to him to tell him it was Gerald who was causing all his troubles, not Ladmo. Wallace looked shocked and said, "Really?" I remember feeling so proud that I got Ladmo out of trouble.
Date: 1/23/2014 Time: 7:28:48 PM
Comments: My band Bodacious played at the Beer Gardens before concerts at the terrace. Free rides and concerts. A lot of fun.
Date: 1/18/2014 Time: 1:41:39 AM
Comments: I was at Legend City as a young girl, on the very last day of operation. I didn't understand the significance of this until later. I was born and raised in Phoenix and my children are also now being raised in Phoenix.
Date: 12/29/2013 Time: 11:41:30 PM
Comments: I love this sight !!!!!!!! thank you sooooo much!!!!!!!!!!
Date: 12/29/2013 Time: 11:37:05 PM
Comments: I WAS ABOUT 11 WHEN ME AND MY BEST FREIND GINA WOULD GO THERE WE HAD A CRUSH ON FRED AND PAT THEY WORKED THE "FUN"HOUSE AND WE WOULD GET ALL DAY PASSES GET DROPPED OFF AND HAVE THE TIME OF OUR LIFES ....FRED AND PAT ACTUALLY CAME TO APACHE JUNCTION TO OUR HOUSE ON THE SUPERSTIONS FOOTHILLS TO SEE US .WE ALSO WENT TO PAT BENATAR AT COMPTON TERRACE IN THE 80"S ...I MISS IT AND THIS SIGHT HAD BROUGHT ME TO TEARS BOLTH HAPPY AND SAD .MY BEST FRIEND GINAS PASSED ON HER WAY TO HIGH SCHOOL ONE MORNING ...AND THIS WAS OUR PLACE WE LOVED .........PAT OR FRED THAT WORKED THE FUN HOUSE CONTACT ME PLEASE ON HERE OR AT firstname.lastname@example.org P.S THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SIGHT SIR .....--VM
Date: 12/23/2013 Time: 10:52:23 AM
Comments: I remeber when we moved to the valley .
And my dad took us to Legend city .
All us kids the oldest 23 and me the youngest 7.
Were enthralled and lost all desire to go to Disney land .
I grew up with the better part of my summer days living there.
And at the zoo mom felt we needed a little more education .
Was heart broken when it closed and was one of the last to leave the park.
The last day it was open.
I wish we still had it so i could take my own kids there.
It definetly is a jewel in my memories of growing up in the valley.
Date: 11/30/2013 Time: 10:27:49 AM
Comments: Unfortunately I was born at the end of the 70s so I would have barely had a memory of this great place, but after looking through the videos and the photos I wish that there was a place to take my baby to in a couple years like Legend City. That sounded like an amazing place.
Jered Van Houten
Date: 11/19/2013 Time: 5:05:10 AM
Comments: as a kid back in the 1970's - it seems like I spent my summers at Encanto Park, the Phoenix Zoo, or Legend City. What a simple time that was. Back in the day when kids actually looked forward to spending time outside.
This is a great site to relive those childhood memories. I am sure many of us commenting probably stood in the same lines together.
Nice to see you again! LOL
Date: 11/7/2013 Time: 11:53:37 AM
Comments: Some of my best childhood memories include Legend City! This place was amazing...my memories are also from the late 70's and coming from very humble means growing up my mom would find a way for us to go as oftern as we could......It was magical! I was glad to see a website honoring and bringing life back to what alot of people think is a legend. Thank you so much for creating a space to quantitfy the shared experiences, the rich memories of authentic fun that we all had the pleasure of being a part of. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being part of this time of my life....GREAT TIMES!!!!!!!
Date: 10/30/2013 Time: 12:01:03 PM
Comments: I guess not! Well, here it is again. About 1972 or 1973, when I was around 9 years old, Legend City held a heavily-publicized event called Ladmo's Summer Party. Children were encouraged to send in an SASE to receive coupons for free rides, snacks, etc. For two weeks prior to the event, Gerald came on the Wallace and Ladmo show and warned the kids they had better not attend or his monster would get them! But this was not the monster whose costume is now on display at the Arizona Historical Society. KPHO had gotten ahold of a genuine Creature from the Black Lagoon suit, and you remember how firce he looked! Well, my mother took me to Ladmo's Summer Party---it was the only time I ever got to go to Legend City. During the stage show at the lagoon amphitheatre, Gerald tricked Wallace and Ladmo into leaving the stage. Then he snarled at the kids, "I warned you not to come to Ladmo's Summer Party!", and the monster roared onto the stage. But Wallace and Ladmo came back just in time, armed with paddles, and routed the beast. My only visit to Legend City, and a very happy childhood memory for me.
Date: 10/30/2013 Time: 11:54:39 AM
Comments: Hi, I submitted a memory a month or so ago.....am thinking maybe it didn't transmit. I wrote about an event in 1972 called Ladmo's Summer Party. Did you receive that one?
Date: 10/25/2013 Time: 11:39:11 AM
Comments: Just saw videos of the 50th anniversary. Sorry I missed it. Still fondly remember rebuilding the park for U-Haul when they took it over, Rebuilt all the rides from old Pacific Ocean Park. Had a couple of great years there. Went back & refurbished and moved rides for the Japanese. Would like to hear from others to talk about the good old days .. Mark Taylor
Date: 10/21/2013 Time: 2:44:59 PM
Comments: HI again guys. I'm a surfing skateboarding and snowboarding photographer/historian and am trying to find any photos or home movies of the Skateboarding Area they had at Legend Ciy. If you have any home movies of skateboarders riding there. I will be happy to have them transferred professionally as long as i can keep a copy for the archives. You can go down in Skateboarding history too ... Thanks, Scotty email@example.com
Date: 7/9/2013 Time: 11:43:13 AM
Comments: Legend City owes it's existence to a small movie ranch in the east valley of Phoenix, near Apache Junction called Apacheland Movie Ranch. When Apacheland was slated to be the southwest's "Disneyland" in 1959, it was to have a central western town perfect for Hollywood movies as well as southwest and Arizona themed attractions and rides. By early 1960 when investors were unsure of what direction to go, one half built Apacheland Movie Ranch in Apache Junction and the other half took the plans drawn Disney's chief visual engineer, Nat Winecoff and built a western theme park called Legend City three years later. Both locations were once part of the same dream in 1959.
Apacheland historian, Phil Rauso
Date: 7/7/2013 Time: 2:31:20 PM
Comments: My son just returned from Phx with the Valley Times article about the 50th anniversary event. If I had known I would have attended. I worked at LC in 1983 when I was about 16 the last season they were open. I not only was a ride operator( the monster and the log ride) I also worked clean up before and after the park opened/closed and steam-cleaned the rides and prepped for paint so the would look their best for resale during the last season all for $2.95 an hour and was glad to do it!!! We also had our own after hours party..LOL!! t was a very happy memory in my childhood. Randy Kimball
Date: 7/7/2013 Time: 8:11:28 AM
Comments: I moved to Scottsdale I believe in about 1965 and lived there till 1972 when I was 13.Lots of memories.Legend City,Big surf,the zoo,hole in the rock.I remember riding my bike and checking out Old Scottsdale.It was only a block from where I lived.Watched Wallace and Ladmo every day.KUPD radio.Tubing the Salt river.Birthdays at O'Farrells ice cream parlor.The world is just not the same as back then.I miss it
Date: 7/1/2013 Time: 12:23:14 PM
Comments: I was young and only went to Legned City twice as a kid but I LOVED IT!!! I tell my kids about it all the time. Wish they could have experienced it. LOVED Wallace and Ladmo too. I even went on the show and got a Ladmo bag. Those were the days.
Date: 6/25/2013 Time: 11:40:36 AM
Comments: I spent many a day and night working at Legend City in the Opera House and the Lagoon Stage with the Seidel and Carol Magic show in the late 70's. we performed with Mighty Midget, Kurt Crabtree the ventriloquist, and Wallace and Ladmo. There was also a dance troupe that performed. We would go from a show in the Opera House to one on the Lagoon stage and sometimes only had 15 minutes to tear down, run and set up again. It was crazy but so much fun. The shows were free to the kids and their parents and they all seemed to enjoy the reprieve from the rides. So, so many fond memories. Carol (Seidel) Sparks, Tempe, AZ.
Date: 6/25/2013 Time: 5:06:48 AM
Comments: legend city will always be a great landmark for our state! IM ASHAMED THAT AS A STATE WE CANT SEEM TO GET THE JOB DONE BY CREATING A THEME PARK! we need one bad! in a society with so much gloom and despair and agony and negativety , we need something positive. come on arizona we need you so lets bring something here to life in a theme park. maybe legend city 2? or whatever. lets get it done for every each and one of us. god bless the crandalls for starting this vision. now may we see a new vision and bring something special to our state so we can be called a theme park state. thanks michael lee
Date: 6/21/2013 Time: 3:46:03 PM
Comments: My first visit to Legend City was in 1971 for an Easter egg hunt. Unfortunately, by the time I got there all the eggs had been found. But as I grew up and started driving, going to Legend City was always so much fun. I remember at one point we could pay one gate price, get a wrist band and stay/ride all day. I remember that Buck Owens played there sitting on straw bales. Sure wish this place was still around. Could have turned it into a Six Flags!
Date: 6/21/2013 Time: 12:52:28 PM
Comments: We had a park called Paragon in Hull MA it closed 2 years after Legend City closed. I loved Paragon and I still miss that place. I never got to go to Legend City because I didn't move to Phoenix until 95. It sucks both parks are gone! Legend City is on Facebook,and also Paragon is on as Paragon Park Memories! Check both of them on Facebook! Take care Darren Dawson Boston Via Phoenix!
Date: 6/21/2013 Time: 8:46:38 AM
Comments: I remember going there as a kid with my parents, it was so much fun. My favorite memories are when me and my friend went on the log ride and we would always get wet that was a lot of fun as well.
Date: 6/21/2013 Time: 6:59:06 AM
Comments: I just graduated from high school in 1963; my first job was dancing at Legend City on the stage over the water! What fun we had with our musical review. At the end of summer, I assumed can can duties at the saloon. We watched Vonda Kay crowned Miss America during breaks in our dance routine. Karen Coudrey Drake
Date: 6/11/2013 Time: 5:41:06 PM
Comments: I worked there for 3 years for Bruce and Barbara Inman used to run into her at the state fair. Her parents owned Legend City at the end. The Gay Nineties and the Mexican Village I worked at. One of the employee parties was on my 19th birthday and at that time it was legal to drink at 19. So I had a great birthday at Legend City! I still have some of the cups and stuff. Miss it was so much fun.
Date: 6/11/2013 Time: 1:28:19 PM
Comments: The Capell brothers carnivals would not be able to help rebuilt sadly all the three brothers have passed. They were true out-door showmen.
Date: 5/25/2013 Time: 6:40:33 AM
Comments: Looking forward to the anniversary party in June. We'll be there!!
Date: 4/28/2013 Time: 11:26:07 PM
Comments: Great information on the site and I loved the video's, Audio files and the music. I wasn't even born yet when they closed since I wasn't born till 1981. But the saying is true you do learn something new everyday. I just now found out that Legend City today.
Date: 4/1/2013 Time: 2:16:17 AM
Comments: My first job there was selling soda pop at a Glen Campbel concert in 71. afterwards I was able to get a job first as counter help then fry cook at the hamburger stand in Gay Ninties Village. The third season I worked we had new uniforms and they did a presentation for employees it was music from the love unlimited orchrestra, we thought we was in the big time when we walked out to start that season. I became a rides operator and it was a blast. I started on barf boulevard, did both the car rides, and was a relief operator on the ferris wheel. I got to do it for most of the day once because the regular guy was sick, everything went good till my break and the guy that relieved me didn't understand how to load the wheel. Instead of putting people in then sending them up to top, to keep it balanced by loading opposite car, he just kept loading cars until it overbalanced and the drive cable came off when it rolled backwards. We had lots of help from management that night. I loved to go in early we would get ice from resturants at back of park to fill the operators igloo water coolers, (the machines had more time to recover there volume before guests got back there), then we'd load them on an old U-haul flatbed truck and go screaming around the park delivering them. The mad rush to get clocked out at night, everyone would be pushing in and if you saw someone at the clock you'd hollar for them to clock you out too, cuz there was gonna be a party somewhere and you needed to get to it. I feel sorry for anyone that never worked there or got to see it. It's the reason I still won't work any longer then it takes to find a different job if I don't love doing it. I watched Wallace & Ladmo on KPHO channel 5 when I was a kid and allways enjoyed their gig at the park if you could find time. No it wasn't Disney Land, but it was there and so were we. Thank you for the site and the great memories. Scott Slinker
Date: 3/28/2013 Time: 7:42:34 AM
Comments: Was a cool place except it didn't have the water slide like Big Surf where the tops came off the chicks at the bottom
Date: 3/12/2013 Time: 9:27:46 AM
Comments: Let's get Scottsdale and Tempe in on contacting the Salt River Reservation authorities and leasing the land south of Tempe Marketplace for a new location and rebuild LC. Plenty of space, plenty of jobs . . . we are a MUCH bigger Valley now and could support the City all by ourselves!
Date: 1/23/2013 Time: 10:53:41 AM
Comments: I was just a skinny kid living in Mesa until the late 70's. I remember Legend City very well, as it was one of my favorite places on earth...the other being Big Surf. Some great memories, too bad LC isnt still here for the Valley's kids to enjoy like we did...and for us... just one more time. I never did get that coveted Ladmo Bag!
Date: 1/22/2013 Time: 10:25:54 AM
Comments: I grew up in Phoenix/Scottdale from 1950 until I went to college in 1964. KPHO was the first local tv station in Phoenix and Gold Dust Charlie showed cartoons after school. My dad was a part time camera man there and shot Gold Dust including the arrival of his nephew Wallace J. Snead. Dad also shot Lew King Rangers and we played back stage with some kid performing brothers, Jerry and Wayne Newton. I guess I still remember the good ol' days.
I worked at Legend City when it first opened that hot summer of 1963. I started working in the parking lot and quickly moved up to street sweeper. While street sweeping, I spent time at the Golden Palace and sometime on my break, the drummer would let me sit in when Vonda Kay performed and do rim shots. I ended up working every ride and attraction (including the carnival rides when they came in) and continued to work there during my summers away from college. In 1964 that added a "sidewalk surfing" (now, skateboarding) ramp down one of the slopes and a flat practice area.
One of the great secrets of Legend City was the life at night after the park closed. The street sweepers had to fog the park because of the mosquito problems and all of the stagnant water in the park. We would put the foggers on back of golf carts and ride through the park. We would then get on the river boats and fog the water ways. Being young (and stupid) we would run the ferris wheel and let friends come in to ride the other rides. Having been a conductor on the train, I learned about running it and one night we took it for a ride.
I would love to catch up with former employees, especially from back in the day and more to the point, I would like to see who ended up with parts of the park after it was disassembled. Contact me at RPMarsh16@aol.com
Date: 1/14/2013 Time: 8:27:37 PM
Comments: I was at Compton Terrace before , It moved to Firebird to see
The GoGo's open for The Talking Heads' early '80's
Date: 1/14/2013 Time: 6:35:39 PM
Comments: I remember looking forward to Wallace and Ladmo shows at Legend City. After my mom passed away in 2002, each of us kids were given a few things that she had saved from our childhood. Among the things she had saved for me was a ticket book, nearly full, with the old A to E level tickets from Legend City. It really brought back some memories. Our favorite was always the Lost Dutchman Mine ride, and the Dutchman's Shack.
Date: 12/20/2012 Time: 5:41:27 PM
Comments: I wish someone would build a new Legend City. I had such great childhood memories there.
Date: 12/4/2012 Time: 2:33:21 AM
Comments: My name is David Anders,Sr. I performed at the Red Garter Saloon with my magic show as a fill in for the Great Parsoni (Tim Parsons) Mike Finney also worked there. David Monroe was my stage name and I cut my finger during a trick, So there was my blood in the stage wood. Tim was watching the act and thought it was a gag till I asked for a bandaid! It was a fun place to perform. I still have one of the final season posters.
Date: 11/30/2012 Time: 3:21:27 PM
Comments: The valley has grown dramatically since Legend City was in it's heyday. I think the time is ripe to bring it back, with a lot of the old attractions and some new ones too. Some say the summer heat here was partly what doomed it, but I remember going in summer in the evening and it wasn't that bad. It was a great place to take a date. A new Legend City could always close down during the hottest 2 or 3 months and run the rest of the year. Anyone have a few million they don't know what to do with. Let's get it going again better than it was before.
In a way I enjoyed it much better than Disneyland because you could comfortably see it all in a 3 or 4 hour time span. At Disneyland you can spend all day and still not catch everything.
Legend City was just the right size. It was sad for a lot of people when it went away.
Date: 11/4/2012 Time: 11:32:31 PM
Comments: I can't believe now that the Lost Dutchman Mine ride was the scariest thing I had ever experienced. I was terrified when that giant spider dropped down.
Date: 10/29/2012 Time: 6:22:42 AM
Comments: Just got back from the State Fair.. I was remembering when ac dc was playing on one of the rides in 81. I was telling My soon to be third Wife about Legand City . So I Googled it. Got to love Google...
I always wondered what Happened .. Thanx For this site... My Mom worked there in the Magic show not sure when like 79 or 80 and was on Wallace and Ladmo. Lot of memories at LC...
Saguaro 81' David k Hummer Facebook... Do it come on Do it...
Date: 10/24/2012 Time: 3:14:13 PM
Comments: Reading all the comments brought back snatches of memories of L.C. The wonderful cotton candy. The old Model T cars. Of course my most memorable time was a date night with my girlfriend in the early 70's. It was a twilight skycar ride as the last beams of the sun were still visible and the park lights had come on. It's still one of the most romantic times I can remember. Unfortunately, like L.C., Julie is a past part of my life, but I still have the memory of them.
Dave Pomeroy........Class of '74.
Date: 10/19/2012 Time: 8:52:06 PM
Comments: Worked for Retail at LC in the early 70's. I loved it! I was shocked to see all the pictures of attractions we had, since I hardly ever was there as a guest! I worked all the time, and it was a great place. Hard to believe 40 years has passed. I started as a "balloon girl" and ended up head retail clerk during my sojourn. We always wore name tags. One day I found the little box of old name tags, so I wore a different one every day. It took Walt Stanfield a month to realize what I was doing! He tried to be mad, but chose one for me that said "Flip" and had me wear it permanently! I miss Wallace and Ladmo! Who was the cool harmonica trio that played in front of the Emporium? My brother collects weird stuff and recently bought an album of theirs! Miss you Legend City! Come back!
Valarie Perkins Quick
Date: 10/14/2012 Time: 10:40:12 PM
Comments: I miss you. Lets rebuild.
Date: 10/7/2012 Time: 5:02:56 PM
Comments: I am scarred for life, my parents never took me; but I remember hearing about Legend City all the time when I watched the Wallace and Ladmo Show.
Date: 9/16/2012 Time: 9:09:38 PM
Comments: My Dad met my Mom when they both worked at Legend City. He was a Copper Tone and she was a Can-Can girl. If it weren't for Legend City, I wouldn't be here!
Date: 8/16/2012 Time: 12:01:43 AM
Comments: WOW, We must be getting old ! I spent many a weekend day and night with my friends running crazy. I remember the guide on the Lost Dutchman ride saying that the Cowboy/Miner "bought his shirt from Arrow" (due to all the Indian arrows that had been shot into him)......LOL
Many, many great memories were generated there, I was very sad to see it go away.....very sad time.
Date: 8/7/2012 Time: 7:08:40 AM
Comments: I actually WORKED at Legend City! I was a singer/dancer in the Red Garter Saloon, 1969-70. What a hard, fun job... 6 shows a day, 4 costume changes per show, and lots and lots of can-cans, back in the days when I still could-could. Great memories of dancing at Compton Terrace inbetween shows, dating the "groovy" riverboat captains, and watching the BACK of the Wallace and Ladmo Amphitheatre show from a tiny little porch off the dressingroom. I'll try to dig up some pix!
Wendy (Warren) Clay
Date: 8/2/2012 Time: 9:28:48 AM
Comments: I LOVED Legend City ! Great memories. My step father use to live in a studio apt above the Train Station there and worked for Compton Terrace. My first concert there was Asia. I worked for Compton Terrace from 1985-1988. So many great times !
Date: 6/27/2012 Time: 10:37:14 AM
Comments: Oooooodles of great memories as a kid...born & raised & still here. My parents took us as a family (grandparents too) many times. We also traveled to Disneyland often, and LC was definitely the next-best-thing! Believe I had my 11th B-day party there. So excited, but then sadly I got sick on the "Zipper" & had to go home.Loved the water ride!! Who didn't when it was so hot out?! Anyways, Great times & memories. Miss it very much, like most great old Phoenix icons, Wallace &Ladmo too (and don't forget Gerald !)....Fondly, Denise Watson (Mihalek)
Date: 6/26/2012 Time: 3:33:34 PM
Comments: I grew up in Phoenix, from 66 to 78, them moved to the LA area. I moved back after high school and wish ole Legend City was still around. Thanks for the exceptional site, loved looking thru everything! We need a new LC, NOW!!
Date: 6/3/2012 Time: 6:09:53 PM
Patty Russnak just popped into my mind and when I googled her all of these things came up and I'm sure it is the same Patty I went to school with at Arizona State from 1963-67. Anyway Patty, if it is you Hi!
Janet (Harris) Smith
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