Date: 4/7/2008 Time: 8:11:12 PM
Comments: i was very young but my brother would tell me all about it! still does!
Date: 4/6/2008 Time: 8:19:38 PM
Comments: Legend city. Thanks for all the great memorys. It made me feel like a kid agian.Carl Needham.
Date: 4/6/2008 Time: 3:42:00 PM
Comments: been on the show many times with my boy scout troop will always be a part of me.
Date: 4/2/2008 Time: 9:42:19 PM
Comments: I forgot that this was the coolest place in the world.
Date: 3/28/2008 Time: 5:41:17 AM
Comments: Wow! I am a 42 year old native Arizonan, I have pictures of myself as very young kid at Legend City but I still couldn't recall any memory. This website with all the pics was a great trigger mechanism. I'm still surprised that Legend City failed and that no one has tried something similar since then!
Date: 3/25/2008 Time: 4:24:44 AM
Comments: thanx for allllllll the good memories . it was great while it lasted , and just sad that such a great place had to go.
Date: 3/19/2008 Time: 5:20:41 PM
Comments: Nice site!
Date: 3/15/2008 Time: 2:08:50 PM
Comments: I never thought I'd see again THE LOST DUTCHMAN
MINE RIDE...Thanks for this site for I got to
relieve 1977 all over again. I visited LEGEND
CITY only once but rode THE LOST DUTCHMAN say over
10 times I always remember the spider and all the
skeletons and coming out to the graveyard just to
go back inside again. I remember the second set
of double doors leading to the bar and it was red
background??? I had a pennant that showed
cartoon drawing of a boy and girl on the log flume
ride LEGEND CITY! Why such a fantastic place had
to go? Thank you again for letting me ride the
Date: 3/11/2008 Time: 2:16:18 PM
Comments: Hi, videos!
Date: 3/7/2008 Time: 12:48:46 AM
Comments: Peace, Brothers!
Date: 3/4/2008 Time: 4:57:09 PM
Comments: Previous quote from another contributor
The first time because I had a crush on a beautiful blue eyed blond named Patty Russnak, and I had been told she worked there late in the school year of 1963 and during that summer. My friend, Bobby Tang, and I found her. She said she loved working there. And she looked even more beautiful in her pink and white striped uniform...
She's my wife of 40 yrs.and she does look good in uniform. I was one of the two ice cream dippers during the summer of '63 and when Patty went by with her long blond hair and petite figure, I was hooked too. I used to shoot straw papers at her. I was sophisticated in those days.
We married after college when she had become a flight attendant for TWA and I was in the Coast Guard. Couldn't get her out of my mind. I know how you feel.
Date: 3/3/2008 Time: 8:35:32 PM
Comments: Thank you for the trip down memory lane. Growing up, my father was the GM for the Phoenix Giants and we loved to go to the baseball games and hear the train in the background. The log ride was our favorite ride and to have Wallace and Ladmo mentioned was perfect. Cheers to Legend ary City, Ladmo bags and the Phoenix Giants!
Date: 2/25/2008 Time: 5:10:27 PM
Comments: I remember growing up in that park. So sad to see it gone.
Date: 2/24/2008 Time: 5:10:58 PM
Comments: legend City was the last place I rode a roller coaster. Was a neat place to go and it's a shame it didn't last and just get better and bigger but we had it for awhile anyway. Enjoyed the flashbacks on here. Thanks, and very well done. Phoenix native, born 1946 and still here. Stage 7, Crusin' Central, the works. I was there for it all and ever so glad I was. Karen aka Frenchy McKay
Date: 2/22/2008 Time: 3:32:52 AM
Comments: Sometimes I look back and just want to cry. Seeing your website brought back faces from my past that I will never see again. Thanks for keeping the memories alive for so many of us who were fortunate enough to have been a part of this wonderful history in Phoenix. Every now and then I try to figure out how the Lost Dutchman made that water run up hill. I loved the history so much, I baught a place in a real Arizona Ghost town to create lasting memories for my children. I'd love to tell you where, but then it would be a Ghost town for long. Great job, you should be proud!!!!
Date: 2/21/2008 Time: 7:04:04 PM
Comments: I loved Legend City!! I ate dinner with Wallace and Ladmo when my step-fathers work had it company picnic there..They were soo funny!!I never did get a ladmo bag, bummer! I remember during summer all we wanted to do was go to Legend City, begging for a ride from Deer Valley to Tempe!I remember when Metro Center opened up, they opened the castle and rides, not the same!! I will never forget, thank you for all the memories...Rhonda A Mesa,AZ Since 1970
Date: 2/21/2008 Time: 10:41:17 AM
Comments: Sure looks like Phoenix used to be a wonderful town to visitand raise a family. Seemed like it was more family oriented. Guess the folks running the city and govt. cant see how good old days encouraged family values. Just another example of greed running a comunity.Where is it headed ?
Date: 2/19/2008 Time: 11:32:17 PM
Comments: it was the places to go and have fun
Date: 2/19/2008 Time: 3:47:59 AM
Comments: Back in the days Legend city was a big deal.So much fun.It was the only amusement park in Arizona.Thanks for the memories.Carla Knoxville,TN
Date: 2/17/2008 Time: 6:51:54 PM
Comments: Legend City was a part of my life growing up. I spent plenty of time there, and was sad to see it fade into memory and replaced with -corporate development-. It gave my an opportunity to ride on a real skateboard I didn't make myself. It served as a place to go on a date, unwind, and generally just be a kid having fun. Thanks for creating this site, and reminding me what a great time is was.
Date: 2/11/2008 Time: 6:46:37 AM
Comments: Growing up in Central Arizona, I made many trips to Legend City. Legend City was the greatest place in the world for me. Our little country school, Kenilworth near Coolidge, made it a yearly routine to have a field trip there. Towards the end, my dad did a lot of repairs there and I would help him. We would have lunch near the duck pond when the park was closed, what a peaceful time. I miss Legend City and Wallace and Ladmo. Rest in Peace, my friends. Wayne Hall, Canton, Texas.
Date: 2/8/2008 Time: 2:03:00 PM
Comments: Takes me back. You know a true Arizonan if they know about Legend City. I loved it and wish we still had it for our kids today.
Date: 2/7/2008 Time: 9:53:49 AM
Comments: Fond memories! Thank you!
Date: 1/31/2008 Time: 4:02:43 PM
Comments: Legend City, I was married in the Red Garter Saloon to the Manager of the park, Bill Kirkpatrick, we closed the park for the night for the reception and the park rides were open to the wedding guests, it was a memorable party. I was Creative Director for the advertising agency A and M Associates that did all the advertising for the park, my responsibilities were to design the costumes and the rides, the colors and graphic design of each attraction. But besides all that, we got to stroll down the midway each evening, check on the crowds, go to the saloon watch the show, take a ride or two, watch the concert, and see Wallace and Ladmo, Gerald do thier thing, then close the park and meet all the attraction directors, in the apartment upstairs in the main entrance building and enjoy rehashing the day over a cool beer. We were the young lions, what an experience.
Date: 1/31/2008 Time: 7:32:30 AM
Comments: Hi! I'm John Strass and i like your site!
Date: 1/30/2008 Time: 5:01:17 PM
Comments: I am an Arizona native, born in 1956 and still here. Legend City and Wallace and Ladmo were a huge part of my growing up in the Valley. My dad was a Boy Scout Troop Leader and I got to tag along on those ventures as well as my own. I can still remember the smell of the lagoon, the shops and the fun we had when the rides would...temporarily.. break down. It was a great place in Arizona to go to as a kid. Thanks for the memories! Nancy
Date: 1/30/2008 Time: 1:37:13 AM
Comments: Oh my gosh, I totally remember Legend City and I loved it..I only wish Phoenix was as populated then as it is now..I believe it would still be in operation..I know our hot weather played a part in its closing but when you are a child, you do not feel hot. I had many many joyous memories at Legend City with my family and I wish I could Thank the people that made it so special for me...I often think about how wonderful it would be to have an amusement park here in Phoenix. Thank You so much for the flashback..Rose
Date: 1/27/2008 Time: 11:45:50 AM
Comments: This site made me cry.
I miss it.
I LOVE YOU Wallace! And LADMO , what can I say...
RIP my friend
Date: 1/25/2008 Time: 7:21:35 PM
Comments: I worked at Legend City during the Summer and Fall of 1963 - this sure brought back some memories. I was paid minimum wage, but it was a lot of fun.
Date: 1/21/2008 Time: 8:24:13 AM
Comments: In the 60s i loved going to the park with my girl friend.In the 70s we went with are kids. We love it wish it was still around so i can take my grandkids.
Date: 1/18/2008 Time: 10:03:10 PM
Comments: From the first time I went there as a four year old in 1964, through my teenage years, the memories I have I will remember for the rest of my life. I still have the glass Deer that my Mother had made for her in 1964. Wallace and Ladmo, and the rock concerts in the 1970's, and the Mad Mouse roller coaster. Good times.
Date: 1/18/2008 Time: 9:06:41 AM
Comments: Born and raised in Phoenix in 1965, I remember Legend City, I grew up in the poor side of town, so LC was not a every weekend trip, but when we did go, we had the best time. Thanks for the memories, your website brings.
Date: 1/17/2008 Time: 1:30:37 PM
Comments: i always wanted to ride the haunted mansion they spent over 1 million dollars to build as it sat right by the autopia cars on the northwest side of the park
any site on the wax museum
keep up the hard work on this nice phoenix history
Date: 1/17/2008 Time: 1:28:46 PM
Comments: great site i remember seeing the police and go gos in concert at compton terrace i raced my bmx bike at legend city bmx in 1976 right behind the wax museum
Date: 1/17/2008 Time: 11:20:51 AM
Comments: Thanks for the site. I worked at Legend City 1976 and 1977 during high school. It was a great please to meet other HS kids.
Date: 1/7/2008 Time: 3:32:12 PM
Comments: Thank you for this fabulous website to my favorite place as a child.
Date: 1/4/2008 Time: 11:48:16 AM
Comments: WOW this was so cool to look at. Brought back so many great memories for me. My boyfriend, now husband, had many fun times there. It was fun and a great place to go for kids. The prices were reasonable and affordable for young teans to attend. Good, clean, fun! What a wonderful website. Carole
Date: 12/21/2007 Time: 11:56:53 AM
Comments: I moved to Texas in Feb 1981 but have never forgotton the great times we had when we would get to go to Legned City. It is to bad it had to end. It was much more interesting than what kids have now. Family togetherness was a blessing.
By the way. Texas is not as GREAT AS MY HOME STATE OF ARIZONA.
Date: 12/20/2007 Time: 11:33:40 PM
Comments: I was very excited when I saw the article in The Black Bear Diner menu which just opened this week in Gilbert. I picked up the menu and bought a Christmas Gift Card for my Father. The paper was most interesting. The Legend City part caught my eye. It brought up old memories of the place. I looked up the site and here I am amazed! I really enjoyed your site. Thank you
Date: 12/19/2007 Time: 7:05:54 AM
Comments: I had some of my fondest memories at Legend City and would love to go back in time and visit it again. I was even in a couple of Legend City television commercials. My friend Christine Roosevelt, a real cutie pie, had some connection with the park and needed people to ride the rides for filming of the commercials. They played one commercial fifty times a day for about a year it seemed. I got to see myself on the Zipper ride. Strangely, I also remember that there was huge redwood tree stumps in the parking lot with the old aerial cars on the top of the stumps. Once I win the lottery, I will recreate this park. I think the original owners had it right. I have also noticed that no one seems to remember Compton Terrace which was next door and how about this one, the wax museum. That thing was here for about a week. Too bad we could not keep these attractions. Thanks for the great times and memories. Legend City was the best! Jeff Durbin
Date: 12/18/2007 Time: 12:22:30 PM
Comments: My brother emailed me this from Phoenix. While I live in Albuquerque now with my wife and son, it was really nostalgic to to get a glimpse of a place where I spent a lot of goof off time as a teen. The last time I went which was probably 2-3 years before the closing, one of the poles from the bumper cars broke off at the top and creased my skull! The on-site nurse took care of me and I went on about my day there.
Thanks for the memories and the site!
Date: 12/12/2007 Time: 5:36:53 PM
I can remember sitting on the palm tree stumps out front waiting on my girlfriend to come from Tower Plaza. Lot's of great memories !!
Bill - McClintock H.S. Class of '76
Date: 12/11/2007 Time: 5:50:36 PM
Comments: Had a fun time with family in 1965. I remember a float trip through and in a cave that had mecanical problems, the boat started taking on water. All turned out well because were all still here. D.J.G. Telluride, Co. WILLIAMS, Az. FOR 40 YEARS.
Date: 12/11/2007 Time: 5:16:28 PM
Comments: does anybody remember a statue made of bronze like a sun worshipper. i could have sworn seeing it at a mall or shopping center in phoenix back in the day.70's-80's but i cant for the life of me remeber where it was!
Date: 12/9/2007 Time: 2:18:53 PM
Comments: I am a native of arizona and when legend city was here it was the best place for the 4th of july. We would go and lay on the lawn and eat the free watermalon. We talk to others about it to that are not from here and they say what happen to the park. And sadly we just say it was just to hot here in arizon for the park. We miss the park I wish my grandchilren would have been apart the the Legend City.
Thanks Legend City For The memories.
Date: 12/3/2007 Time: 7:48:35 PM
Comments: Excellent web site I will be visiting often
Date: 12/3/2007 Time: 4:05:24 PM
Comments: Perfect site! Anything superfluous, all is laconic and beautiful. Thanks!
Date: 12/2/2007 Time: 10:28:19 PM
Comments: Cool design, great info!
Date: 12/2/2007 Time: 7:04:55 PM
Comments: Very interesting site. Hope it will always be alive!
Date: 11/30/2007 Time: 5:25:00 PM
Comments: As an Arizona Native, Legend City was a big part of our lives. It was a place to go and have fun in the desert. We were all very saddened when the parked closed. Please bring it back !
Date: 11/27/2007 Time: 6:52:31 PM
Comments: Hello my little friends
Date: 11/27/2007 Time: 3:25:07 PM
Comments: A skateboard track was mentioned in an earlier post here. I am writing a book on skateboard history and I am looking for memories, stories, photos and even old movies of the skateboard track at Legend City. Please contact me by email or go to my site and do it from there. Thank you, Craig. My email is...history AT craigsnyder.org
Date: 11/26/2007 Time: 1:05:25 AM
Comments: What about the marching band? I had the priviledge to fill in for one of the regular trumpet players and had such a blast that weekend. Thanks for the memories. Sure did have a lot of fun growing up at Legend City. Great site! Thanks again.
Date: 11/25/2007 Time: 8:48:41 PM
Comments: Your work is marvelous!!
Date: 11/24/2007 Time: 8:04:24 PM
Comments: I had so much fun at Legend City when I was a kid. I can remember going many, many weekends with my friends when I was in high school, 1974-1978. It is one of my best memories of growing up in Phoenix. I was sad to find out that it was gone.
Date: 11/24/2007 Time: 6:26:16 PM
Comments: Sentimental and nostalgic. Great.
Date: 11/23/2007 Time: 11:20:18 AM
Comments: Thanks for bringing back so many memories..I remember going there with my parents and having a blast..However, the best memory was finally being old enough ,junior high, to get dropped off with friends and hangout without parental supervision...I left Phoenix at 19 and have wondered what happened to LC..thanks for clearing up my questions.....Wallace and Ladmo..that's a blast form the past..I actually won a Ladmo bag once very nice memory that I had forgotten.
Date: 11/11/2007 Time: 4:41:07 PM
Comments: I used to play concerts 2 the ampitheather there .
I was always great fun and very enjoyable.
Donna P. Griffin
Date: 11/9/2007 Time: 7:40:27 PM
Comments: Legend City was better than Disneyland and ten times as much fun. It's demise is an early example of the huge corporate greed that has ruined Arizona.
Date: 11/8/2007 Time: 7:24:15 PM
Comments: Very interesting site. Perfect design and content. Thanks.
Date: 11/6/2007 Time: 8:28:27 PM
Comments: I am overwhelmed by this website. I am a native of AZ and born in 1964. Most of the things I have just sween on your site have brought back great memories. I was also sad to remember the last time I was at Legend City in the early 80's. It was run down and in serious disrepair. I was very happy to have the flood of positive memories that I just had. Thanks for all the hard work. It made me want to build the Legend again.
Date: 11/5/2007 Time: 7:45:03 PM
Comments: Legend City was an amazing place for a young kid to go especially during the time when Westerns on TV were still going strong. It gave you a sense of actually being a part of the old west, not just watching it on TV. Thanks and hats off to all that put the time and effort into making Legend City a True Arizona Legend! Thanks for this site as well. Brings back great memories.
Date: 11/5/2007 Time: 2:14:17 PM
Comments: We lived at 52nd st. and Washington my brothers and I watched as it was being bulit. That was long ago and far away. J.Norvell
Date: 11/2/2007 Time: 7:02:47 AM
Comments: I think this web site is a wonderful tribute to the past, thank you for the wonderful memories. I am a native of Phoenix and I remember going to Legend City at least three or four times a month during the summer. Seeing Wallace and Ladmo was always a great treat, we also watched Wallace and Ladmo everyday after school. I really enjoyed getting soaked on the Log ride on hot summer nights, The Lost Dutchman Mine and the roller costers ride was my 1st. I only wish the place was still around for my grandchildren. My sister and I was on the Wallace and Ladmo show when we were in the brownies in the late 60s. I wish I kept the Ladmo Bags. Thanks for the memories and God bless! Sandra Beagles, Az.
Date: 10/28/2007 Time: 1:09:28 PM
Comments: I remember the park. Our family and friends had a whole lot of fun there. But I can't remember why they closed it down... It was a sad day for every one when it did close. Thank you for this site.. i just went down memory lane..THANK YOU!!!!
Date: 10/28/2007 Time: 1:08:08 PM
Comments: Oh this is wonderful! Thank you for making such a wonderful tribute to such a unique valley attraction. I was born here on John Jacobs brocolli farm in 68. I wish Legend City would come back so I can bring my children to see this and share with them the unique culture of Arizona and the wild West in such a entertaining and fun way!
Date: 10/26/2007 Time: 2:17:58 PM
Comments: I had many wonderful Saturdays at Legend City, when it was torn down i cried and wanted to protest even though i was on 10 years old at time. I.G. Holmes Boys and Girls Club made sure we spent as much of our summer being active, safe, and making it enjoyable, Legend City was about 80 percent of that summer fun, pleasse re-open another one. PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE
Date: 10/23/2007 Time: 7:31:38 AM
Comments: I remember Legend City! My friends and I used to hang out there all day and into the night sometimes closing it down. The memories are great.
Date: 10/20/2007 Time: 8:32:33 PM
Comments: I WENT TO LEGEND CITY IN THE EARLY 80'S AND HAD A
BLAST. I HATED TO SEE IT GO
Date: 10/20/2007 Time: 3:29:39 PM
Comments: GREAT PLACE FOR MEMORIES MY FATHER USED TO BRING US HERE FROM TUCSON FOR THE WEEKENDS BACK IN THE 70S GREAT WAY TO ADD TO THE MEMORIES OF GREAT TIMES AND WHAT A GREAT FATHER WE HAD. THANKS FOR KEEPING OUR CHILDHOOD MEMORIES ALIVE. RICH BETTINI
Date: 10/16/2007 Time: 1:31:07 AM
Comments: IT was the best time of my life going to Legend City how I miss it for my kids Thank you for a great memory!!!! Curt
Date: 10/12/2007 Time: 1:54:49 PM
Comments: Hi, nice site!
Date: 10/12/2007 Time: 10:14:19 AM
Comments: I worked at Legend City while I was attending ASU in the early to mid seventies. I worked many rides such as the Lost Dutchman's Mine, the Cuddle Cups, the TiltOWhirl, the Bumper Cars and occasionally the Carousel. I loved to waive at the gunfighters on the train as they went by the cuddle cups.It got lonely over there on that side of the park! I also remember being stuck on the Mine ride and the Carousel for 8 to 12 hours at a stretch on days when people called in sick and there was no one to give breaks. Sometimes I hear Walter Brennan in my sleep, but the worst was the day I rode the Carousel for 12 hours. I puked the last couple and was dizzy for two days! Then there was the day all the newspaper delivery kids came to the park. I was running the TiltOWhirl and some brat ate 3 fish sandwiches before he got on the ride. Of course he threw them up all over the ride. I was really pissed so I stopped the ride and got everyone else off but made him stay. Then I ran it for over 2 minutes straight so that he was good and sick. I know it was petty, but my guess is he learned a valuable life lesson and probably never ate fish or rode a TiltOWhirl again! Pattie Farmer Lengel If you worked there then and want to touch base I can be reached through my work email pfarmer at asu.edu
Date: 10/9/2007 Time: 8:19:45 PM
Comments: Living in Sierra Vista in the 70s, we had the privilege of getting Wallace and Ladmo on KPHO on our cable system. It was hard not to hear about Legend City, being a faithful Wallace and Ladmo viewer. I was finally able to go to the park in 1977 when the Buena Show Band, my high school jazz band was invited to play at Legend City. I still recall riding bumper cars and paddle boats and enjoying the early evening sight of the hills at Papago Park just to the north. That was 30 years ago, and I still remember it pretty clearly. Thank you for helping me recall even more of those fond memories. What a terrible loss to Arizona to no longer have Legend City to take our families to.
Date: 10/5/2007 Time: 9:10:22 PM
Comments: Thanks for your site. My grandparents lived in A.J. in early 1950's. We visited them in early 1950's and enjoyed our stay. This site brought back wonderful memories. Of course, things are not the same. Seems they were the only one's in the area at that time. Of course they weren't Thanks
Date: 10/3/2007 Time: 2:59:17 PM
Comments: Thanks for putting the site together. Add me to the list of Ladmo Bag winners as well. I remember going to LC in the 70's and a few times in the early 80's. To bad we don't have anything like it today.
I have a request for a section of LC's fellow attractions, like the, Phoenix Wax Museum, and the Buggy track, that was next to the Castle Boutique.
Date: 9/30/2007 Time: 6:31:31 PM
Comments: Hi, nice site!
Date: 9/29/2007 Time: 9:05:23 PM
I can't believe it closed I am just
moving back to the Phoenix area with my family.
And I was hoping to share some of my childhood
memories with my children.
I was once on the Wallace and Ladmo show that was a kids dream in the 70's.
Well I am very sad to hear the news. To everyone out there reading this LEGEND CITY IS TRULY A LEGEND.Thanks for the website it was interesting.
A real blast from the past.April Shelton Morro Bay CA.
Date: 9/25/2007 Time: 9:50:08 PM
Comments: Thanks for the memories! I'm 47 years old, my family moved to Scottsdale in 1966. I used to love Legend City, and didn't know it was gone until I discovered your Web site. I'm surprised it had to endure financial problems over the years, and that the area is still without an amusement park! But I'm thankful it was there when I was a boy. God bless.
Date: 9/24/2007 Time: 9:04:30 PM
Comments: Thank you - this is great! jo anne
Date: 9/24/2007 Time: 7:01:19 PM
Comments: This was the greatest place to visit prior to going west to Disneyland. Too bad it is no longer a great place to visit. Thanks for the website to keep Legend City alive.
Date: 9/23/2007 Time: 12:38:38 PM
Comments: hi. nice blog . thanks.
Date: 9/22/2007 Time: 8:01:51 PM
Comments: My name is jodi, I was at legend city when I was 9 years old, I am now 41 years old. I remember running to each of the rides with my 3 older sisters and when I rode the bumper cars with them I had the greatest time until the ride ended and my car stopped and someone slammed into me and I hit the stering wheel and got a bloody nose! We had a great time all in all and I wish it was still there so I could of taken my children. I also miss seeing Wallace and Ladmo there.
Date: 9/19/2007 Time: 11:49:02 AM
Comments: AS LEGEND WOULD HAVE IT? I think is the correct answere
Date: 9/19/2007 Time: 11:45:21 AM
Comments: Who can tell me what the black market legend City employee T-shirts said? I worked there for Rodney Lemmon as a Carnie around 74, 75 I think,.. kinda cloudy. What great after work party's. JERRY GANT wear are you. I can be contacted at kegger43hotmail.com Kim Johnson
Date: 9/15/2007 Time: 1:03:30 PM
Comments: great website! brings back so many memories. wish we still had a place like this to take our kids to.
Date: 9/11/2007 Time: 6:02:29 PM
Comments: Great site, thanks!!!!
Date: 9/1/2007 Time: 7:13:00 AM
Comments: I enjoyed going as a child in the 60's, but my most fond memories was when I was
a teenager in the 70's. I got a job as lot sweeper. I remember my fellow
sweepers would complain about the work and the job was not fun. I would take my
pan and broom and run, cleaning up as fast as I could. This way I would have
time to jump on a ride or two before the area would get dirty again. One day the
supervisor caught me on a ride. After he talked to me about the the rules, he
said because I did a superior job I could continue to ride but not to let others
know. In the spare moments I got to know the ride operators and the stunt
guy's. I would ride the Iron Horse to get to the different areas that had to be
worked. I remember the afterhours get togethers with the ride operators and
stunt guy's. What a Wild Bunch! - Kim
Date: 8/28/2007 Time: 7:24:00 AM
Comments: I'm not sure what
prompted me to to Google Legend City, but I am most glad that I did, A lot of
memories came back to me as I poured over the web site. The first is a picture
that I have of my brother and me taken at the AZ State Fair. Where you stuck
your head through a backdrop painted with a stagecoach. The next is when our
cousins from St Louis stopped to visit us on their way to Disneyland. (summer of
'63) I tried to convince them that there was an amusement park right here that
was every bit as good. But they wouldn't bite. Actually, I hadn't been to
Disneyland or Legend City yet, but I felt I had to stick up for the home town
team. Anyway, when my mother finally took us to Legend City, I was enthralled !
Growing up, I was always putting on spookhouses and carnivals at our house and
at the neighbors. I always liked to build things for people to amuse themselves.
From fake computers to miniature golf courses, to automatic shoeshine machines
that would drop a brick on your foot. ..At the park at last, I couldn't wait to
get from one attraction to another. I think my favorite was the Lost Dutchman's
mine, although the Dutchman's shack came in a close second. Plus I had to like
the Iron Horse train that went around the park, as I always was into trains, and
still am. I'm sorry to say that we didn't visit the park as much as I would have
liked. We lived what seemed like so far away (near Encanto Park) and I had to
convince my mom to take us. Anyway, I was proud that we had our own Themed
Park, and was happy to see a segment on national TV. I don't remember the
program, but they went all around the country showcasing different areas....It
was a dark day for me when I learned that the park was closing. If only I had
the money to make a go of it- I would have. On the otherhand, I was happy to
hear a few years later that investors were going to re-open the park. Now that I
could drive myself, I went down to see what progress had been made. I was
astounded to see that nothing had been done yet and the park looked abandoned. I
decided to hop the fence and take a tour of the place on my own. I walked
through the mine ( still no privacy around here) and through the shack. I was
better at standing upright now. It looked like it would be a long time before
they could fix up the place. Just then, security found me and I was ushered out
of the park. Too bad, I still hadn't seen everything.... Awhile later, the park
was getting ready to re-open and they were hiring talent to perform. I sang in a
barbershop quartet at the time. We auditioned and got the job! Finally- an
employee of Legend City! The newspaper people were there taking pictures, and
when the story came out, there we were, the most prominent picture on the page.
I don't think the guy who hired us was pleased that our picture was run more
prominent instead of his duo- that's showbiz! That is probably why we didn't
get to sing in the saloon, instead we were relagated to the gazeebo and other
outside locations- boy was it hot outside (I think it was July- it was so hot
thet they couldn't get the hot air baloon to go up) and if we kept our mouthes
open too long, you might swallow a grasshopper.... That opening didn't go well,
as the park was I'll prepared. Rides broke down and the ones that did work had
long lines. Trashcans overflowed and there was not enough help or food at the
various concession stands. We took pity on the staff in the icecream parlor and
bussed tables for them while we sang. When we went to the front gate to sing,
there was a man there with his family, preaching to the folks waiting in line to
get in, to go away. He claimed had spent upteen bucks to get his family in and
that the park was a mess inside. I don't think he appreciated our seranade too
much. I found out later that my high school teacher, Serge Huff was in charge of
talent when the park first opened. Later he would lament that the park spent
lavishly on entertainment at first, but it just didn't last.... Finally, I built
my own piece of Legend City in the way of a replica of the Railroad Station
tower, Just before it was to be demolised, I came down and took pictures of the
tower, drew up my plans, and built a 20' tall replica which I used at my house
as part of my outdoor Christmas display. I stll have it, but am not sure for how
long. It takes a lot of space to store it and it takes a forklift to set it up.
The last time I put it up was 2003... Thanks for maintaining the Legend City
website. Do you know of any gatherings of folks that like to remenice about the
park? I'd love to join in...Thanks again...John Michael Sanders.
Date: 8/20/2007 Time: 5:24:00 PM
Comments: Thanks for the memories. I grew up
in Scottsdale and enjoyed going to Legend City. The pics on the website
brought back good memories
Date: 7/26/2007 Time: 4:21:00 PM
Comments: What a beautiful tribute to a great
park. Thank you so much for bringing back a glimpse of the wonderful place that
Phoenix was in the '60s and '70s. This is truly a treasure.
Date: 7/23/2007 Time: 5:49:00 PM
Comments: Unlike many of my contemporaries that
washed their memories of Legend City away with drugs... I REMEMBER THE PARK LIKE
I HAD BEEN THERE JUST YESTERDAY. Does that mean that I was just an attentive
little boy? Does that mean I was just easily manipulated by hype? Or... does
that mean that Legend City WAS A REALLY UNIQUE PLACE? Yeah. I remember much more
than most about being a kid. Maybe seeing one toddling playmate die in the
cave-in of a ditch on the Justine Spitalny schoolyard contributed to that. Maybe
it was the Stephen King like horror of watching another little boy pulled-out of
the pipe in the neighborhood canal. You can read one of those memories at
another icon of that era... The Wallace & Ladmo website:
sad but important lessons in care and mortality pale by comparison to the
happiness Legend City & Ladmo brought into my childhood. Oh. Then there was
getting in on the ground floor of the Hang Glider craze of the early 70's (was
so enthralled by hang gliding that I actually built one as a high school physics
project: with the caveat from Mr. Perez... that I not actually fly it UNTIL
AFTER I HAD GRADUATED) Got distracted by Human Powered Vehicles (recumbents)
after returning to Phoenix and in just a few weeks made the front page of the
Arizona Republic's Living Section. But man. L E G E N D C I T Y ! I knew of no
hype about it around the time it was being built and then opened. It was just...
one day Dad told me and my sister to get into the new Mercury Meteor for a trip
to see Uncle Pete (not really an uncle, just a fellow carpenter like Dad).Most
of all. I REMEMBER EVERYTHING BEING SOOO NEW! THE SMELL OF FRESH CUT WOOD ON THE
WIND. THE SWEET HINT OF FRESH PAINT... AND ALL THAT JET BLACK ASPHALT THAT WAS
THE SIDEWALK AND COURTYARD TO LEGEND CITY Two specific attractions formed a
memory in my mind, like concrete setting in the sun. The, what I thought at the
time, HUGE water fountain softening the early summer heat with its cool breeze.
But most of all... THE MINE TRAIN RIDE! My 6 year-old jaw must have hit the
bottom of the ore car and stayed there until we we just barely escaped from the
old miners, cowboys, dance hall girls, and GHOSTS of the Journey to the Center
of the Earth. (Apologies to Jules Verne...LOL!). A couple dozen memorable but
probably now all long gone childhood friends and enemies later. A half-dozen
buddies lost to a war like today's, drugs, and hang gliding... ALL THAT'S LEFT
NOW ARE THE MEMORIES. Like a trip on H.G. Well's amazing "TIME MACHINE", I get
off the machine at yet another stop.They say that our rather poor sense of smell
is the most keyed into calling up memories of our past. Very personal memories
for most. I write this because the smell... no AROMA (smell is something more
associated with dirty sneakers and socks) I remember the most: THE COOL,
DAMP, SWEET PERFUME OF WET LUMBER AND SUBTERRANEAN SOIL. INSIDE LEGEND CITY'S
MINE RIDE. INSIDE KNOTT'S BERRY FARM'S MINE RIDE, INSIDE WALT DISNEY'S MATERHORN
AND NOT SURPRISINGLY THE LONG ABANDONED,
MEMORY HAUNTED MINES AND GHOST TOWNS OF THE WEST. OH. AND FRANKIE MARGIOTTI'S
BASEMENT. Yeah. I'll share a little bit about Uncle Pete's and Mr. Crandall's
amazing place. But you'll have to use YOUR IMAGINATION TO FILL IN THE BLANK
My email address ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), and my obligatory
MyFace Page ( http://www.myspace.com/jerryfoisel ). I'm
curious to see if ANYONE IS LEFT TO WRITE ME.
I also remember Phoenix's "NEW TIMES
WEEKLY". The periodical that introduced me to "other opinions and strange
lifestyles". Fascinating." (my
apologies now to Spock and Gene Roddenberry). Jerry Foisel
Date: 7/22/2007 Time: 8:48:00 AM
Comments: Thanks so much for the memories! I spent many years with family and friends
hanging at Legend City. This is so cool!! Scott Baxter
Date: 7/4/2007 Time: 7:00:00 PM
Comments: Hi Reavis..I enjoyed your memories of LC/W&L,and
of Sandra Derickson.There's a couple images of her when she appeared on
Dialing For Dollars with Sandy Gibbons at:www.WallaceLadmoGerald.com .See the
story I wrote in the TOP 10 (articles)..it's called "Dialing For Sandy".I too
wish that there was a magic wand,we could wave and to go back in time when the
world,and our Valley was truly a joy to live in.For the Wallace and Ladmo
fans..at the Mesa Historical Museum on Sept.15th,Wallace and Pat McMahon
(pretty sure on Mr. Gerald Springer)along with many other people who were part
of the show will be there signing autographs..and the unveiling of a special
exhibit of Wallace & Ladmo show artifacts.Thanks! Rob Cook
Date: 7/4/2007 Time: 4:37:01 PM
Comments: I remember my first time at Legend
City was around late 1968 at age 6, I went there about a dozen times over the
years since then 'till about 1975, wish I would have gone a few more times but I
do have fond memories with my brothers and cousins. Thanks for a great nostalgic
Date: 6/28/2007 Time: 6:35:01 PM
Comments: This is a great website on Legend
City. So many of us who grew up in Phoenix remember going to the park on a
regular basis. In fact, the
company I work for, Honeywell, had spring picnics at Legend City before the park
closed. My brother and his friends used to play in a band
there on the weekends. It was such a great place -- I'd love to see a new
Legend City built somewhere on the outskirts of the valley. It was
a great hangout for high school kids! -- Mary Fidler -- 1971 West Phoenix High
Date: 6/27/2007 Time: 7:35:01 AM
Comments: CALLING JOHN HUTSON!!! I can't believe I haven't seen you since '83 and I miss
your post by a month! How about an email address so Gilligan and I can grab
you for a couple beers? Seen Bob Nelson around? I have Taryn's email.
My green LC shirt finally melted away in the wash. We looked sooo cool in
those shirts...Dave Williams aka
p.s. You won't believe what I've
been doing for the last 17 years..
Date: 6/22/2007 Time: 5:35:01 AM
Comments: While watching channel 8 the
other night on a show featuring places and people in Arizona, I saw a small
history blurb about Legend City. Wow.
Having been born and raised
in Arizona, about 55 miles east of Tempe, I spent five long years at Arizona
State University. During those years, 1961 to 1966, Legend City was built.
Unfortunately for me I only went there twice. The first time because I had a
crush on a beautiful blue eyed blond named Patty Russnak, and I had been told
she worked there late in the school year of 1963 and during that summer. My
friend, Bobby Tang, and I found her. She said she loved working there. And she
looked even more beautiful in her pink and white striped uniform. But what
really floored me was when I started looking at pictures on the website and I
encountered a couple of pictures of Sandy Dirickson. What a gorgeous, happy,
friendly, talented girl. I dated Sandy during that time and was her date when
she vied for the crown of Miss Maricopa County at Legend City. I remember only
bits and pieces of that night, but I thought Sandy was a knockout. I believe she
got married not long after and became Sandy D Anai, but then I lost track of
her, as I did Patty Russnak. I also remember my first experience with the
Wallace and Ladmo show. Actually, when I first started watching Wallace on
channel 5 back in 1957 the show was called "Its Wallace?" Laddy Boy was still
trying to become a major leaguer and probably working the cameras at Bill's
show. What memories. I'd been up and down the coast of California after my stint
as a US Navy Seabee, and when I returned to Arizona in the late 1980s, time and
time again I'd drive by Phoenix Municipal Stadium or on Washington west of Mill
and wonder where, oh where, was Legend City? Now, with your website, I know
exactly where it was. I'm in my 60s now, but websites like this remind me of
what a wonderful time we had in the late 50s and early 60s. If I could wave a
magic wand and bring them back, I'd do it in a heartbeat. Nostalgia... it gets
us ALL in the end.
Franklin...Superior, Arizona, now Gilbert, Arizona with stops in Oxnard, CA
Midway Island DaNang and An Hoa, Vietnam San Gabriel, CA Glendora, CA Ventura,
CA and San Ramon, CA.
Date: 6/14/2007 Time: 5:35:01 PM
Comments: Thanks for the memories!
Date: 6/14/2007 Time: 4:35:57 AM
Comments: What a great site and tribute to a great park! How I loved it as a kid. It inspired my a lot. Since that time, I have created many "haunted houses" for the neighborhood kids, and my favorite effect to create - which I first "mastered" in my early teens - is the fire-behind-a-window effect, which I must have absorbed from all those Lost Dutchman rides. Now, to learn who invented that effect is amazing! Thanks again for a great site! -- Adam, Phoenix native
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