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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020

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Date: 13 Oct 2004   Time: 17:09:04
Comments: First off let me say thank you for the awesome Website. Like so many others I have been searching for a site like this for a long time. I am an AZ native born in ‘64 and have a lot of fuzzy early memories of Legend City that are now more in focus thanks to your website. I think I was about 4 or 5 the first time we went to the park. Honestly the only memory of that time is the giant spider, the train, and how really bent my Dad was about that [explanative] bumper sticker on our brand new ‘68 Toronado. Some of my best memories are of our family going with the next-door neighbors and our parents cutting us loose for the entire day. We would eat everything in sight, push our way through the crowd to get the best look at Wallace & Ladmo and ride rides until we couldn’t walk straight and race for the nearest trash can to blow chunks. Great times!! Does anybody remember the Skeeter boats? It is a shameful thing that a city as large as ours has almost no real family entertainment. It’s ridiculous that we have to take our kids to, and spend our money in California for an amusement park. Our city leaders seem more interested in paving over the desert and putting up tract houses and glass and steel. Maybe we should start a petition to the Governor, our Mayors, Senators, Congressmen or whoever to attract investors and developers interested in building a theme park. Thanks again for helping us remember. Emerson
Date: 12 Oct 2004   Time: 15:39:24
Comments: I am a AZ native and I remember going to Legend City when I was a girl scout and when my sister would take me( around the late 70's) I loved the log ride and the Sidewinder roller coaster. As I looked at the memorabilia I remember having one of the Legend City tumblers (circa 1980) and it made me smile!! Thank you for bringing back the great memories. I hope you put these memories in book fashion and sell it. I know the die hard arizonans would love it!!! It would set on my shelf with my Wallace and Ladmo books gladly.
Date: 08 Oct 2004   Time: 11:10:02
Comments: Wow. Great memories!
Date: 05 Oct 2004   Time: 23:01:48
Comments: Nice website! Unfortunately I moved to the Valley a decade too late. Legend City looks like a great place. I have been living here since April 1992 and it is a shame Arizona dosen't have an amusement park.
Date: 04 Oct 2004   Time: 22:06:15
Comments: It was the good old days we will always remember. Thanks for the great web site we will tell our friends and visit again . I'm a resident from 1955 my wife since 1963, so we saw the beginning and end and visited legend city many times. like Wallace & Ladmo It will always have a special place in our hearts.
John & Kathy Apache Junction, Arizona
Date: 23 Sep 2004   Time: 22:25:08
Comments: I was 10 when Legend City closed and I was there on the last night of operation. I remember standing in the parking lot before leaving, looking back at the lights and buildings and just thinking that it was over, no more Legend City... I hated SRP for a long time. Your website is great and it brings back a lot of memories. Thanks!
-Jeff Case Phoenix, AZ.
Date: 17 Sep 2004   Time: 23:48:38
Comments: Fantastic trip down "Legend City Lane." Thanks for your hard work and great web site! I still have my huge wall map of Legend City. I wish it were still there, instead of the unimaginative SRP offices--Sad!
Kevin Barbee
Los Angeles, CA
(originally from Phoenix, AZ)
Date: 09 Sep 2004   Time: 22:12:17
Comments: Hey, great website! I was just talking to a friend of mine today about the good old days. Legend City came up during this conversation. I remember going as a kid a few times during the early to mid 70's. However, it wasn't until the Summer of 1979, when Compton Terrace opened up, that I frequented Legend City all the time. I remember seeing a lot of concerts there, Cheap Trick, Jerry Riopelle, Queen, Nazareth, Aerosmith, Grateful Dead, Triumph, Phoenix's own Alice Cooper, Twisted Sister, Fleetwood Mac, The Cars, Blackfoot etc.. Compton Terrece/Legend City was the best venue for entertainment this state has ever had. I loved being able to meandor back and forth between LC and CT. Viewing this site as brought back some very fond memories, coupled with a little sadness. Thank you for the stroll down memory lane. Vincent Curtis
Date: 09 Sep 2004   Time: 15:25:30
Comments: Thanks for a truly first-class website. I have been punching "Legend City" into various search engines since I got on the web in 1996 and have always been disappointed that nothing much ever came up. What a great surprise when I came upon your site.

Several months ago, I enlarged and printed out the "Legend City" bumper sticker located in your memorabilia section. I laminated it and glued it to the bumper of my truck. Even though I live in Las Vegas, people are constantly approaching me to find out where I got the sticker so they can get one like it! I always knew there were a lot of native Arizonans living here, but it's amazing how many people here have memories of this great old theme park.

Those of us who grew up in the Valley of the Sun in the 60's and 70's were truly fortunate. The Legend Cities and Wallace and Ladmo Shows of our youth couldn't exist in today's world of cable television and corporate giants. Thanks for helping to keep the memories alive.

Andy Windes
Las Vegas
Date: 01 Sep 2004   Time: 17:23:22
Comments: Its just me agian with just a few memories of my days as a ride op at LC.I worked at the park in the late 70's until it closed(still can't believe that),but i can remember the times that after work we all meet in the employee parking lot to discuss where we were going to party at...well there were 2 spots we favored for our "AFTER WORK PARTYS'" one was the river bottom....the other we used more frequently a place in papago park we called "the bat cave"...we knew the the TEMPE PD couldn't get to us if we were i can tell you we were all hell yuns in those days we drank,we smoked and of course other stupid bad stuff..some of us became cops!!!lol..(imagine that) others like myself became firefighters and paramedics..if i thought i could get away with telling you details on our parties i would...and some nights we would go to the tempe theatre and watch our favorite traditional midnight movie"THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW"..of course that movie was always better T.J Robison
Date: 29 Aug 2004   Time: 15:57:41
Comments: HOLY SMOKES! Your website is AMAZING! I've wanted to do something like this for years, you've done a much better job than I ever could. Fantastic website!!

- Mike Conrad
Date: 24 Aug 2004   Time: 23:30:38
Comments: my cousins and I would sneek in all the time we lived across the street and some indian boys that lived down the street from us would have some bolsa wood that they used for carving those kachina dolls,we would carve out the hand stamp which was of a train.well when the log ride open we were thare and they snap a picture of us on the ride and used it for there billboards all across phoenix if anyone has a picture of this please E-MAIL it to me that would be GREAT by the way i had some great memories and alot of fun thanks for the web site
Date: 18 Aug 2004   Time: 22:49:04
Comments: I stumbled upon this website from another site. I was 3 or 4 when Legend City closed down so I didn't even remember it existed until today. I had many vivid memories from that time, and I could never really pinpoint where those memories were from. Because of your website, everything is sooo much clearer. Now, I can remember many more things about Legend City. Thanks for a wonderful site. This is definitely getting a bookmark.

Date: 10 Aug 2004   Time: 11:21:03
Comments: Thank you , thank you, thank you!!!

Boy what wonderful memories. I can't wait to tell my sister's and brother!!! I was so sad when they closed it. Phoenix was never the same after that nor will be. It was great to be yound then and have the opportunity to go and spend the day and night at Legend City!!

Keep up the great work!!

Thanks again for the wonderful memories.

Annette, Globe Az
Date: 02 Aug 2004   Time: 10:35:40
Comments: Jason and Rob,
Thanks for a wonderful, exciting ride down memory lane! A great time was had by one and all in the Wallace and Ladmo Clubhouse during Legend City month!! Keep the ideas coming for a reunion picnic for all those who loved Legend City!!! Hopefully, a day and time can be announced during the Last Stage Show of Wallace and Ladmo, at the Arizona State Fair on Oct. 17, 2004. Wouldn't it be wonderful if the man whose dream inspired and built Legend City, Louis Crandall, could be there??? Then we could personally thank him for the wonderful memories we all share. I'll take this space to thank him now. Mr. Crandall,
Your dream of a safe place where family and friends could gather to relax and play was realized in Legend City. Bless you for investing in the lives of the people of the Valley of the Sun. Your reward, rather than monitary, is heartfelt thanks. Thank you Sir, for those exciting times and happy days and nights. You'll never be forgotten by us!
The Fly
Date: 27 Jul 2004   Time: 18:13:30
Comments: What wonderful memories! Thank you for bringing my childhood memories back to me. So sad my kids could not have enjoyed such a magical place.
Judy E.
Date: 26 Jul 2004   Time: 12:34:48
Comments: Me and my friends had a blast at Legend City. I drive down 56th street now and look east and say to myself remember when!!! It sure would be nice to see a place like that be built in the valley somewhere!!! I believe with the population we have now it would survive. Thanks, Darrell Camelback High 1982. 26 July 2004.
Date: 26 Jul 2004   Time: 06:51:18
Comments: Legend City !! Wow! The memories just come flooding back. I can remember hitting the rides when I was a young kid in the 60's and 70's, Wallace and Ladmo shows, and then attending my first concerts at Compton Terrace as a teen. Pat Benetar, Journey,
What a great site, thanks for keeping a little of my childhood alive.
Sheri in Denver
Date: 25 Jul 2004   Time: 13:38:12
Comments: My Dad was a "stock holder" in Legend City, I think back in the late fifties or early sixties when the City was first being conceived or built. We lived on a farm in Pinal County and this gentleman came to our home to sell stock in Legend City.

My dad purchased $100 worth of "stock" and we had the opportunity to attend Legend City for the first time on a "stockholders day." Free admission and ride all the!!! It was cool as a kid!! We built our own little Legend City back at the farm, using many of the Park's ideas for our miniature park: graveyard, moveable, lifesize figures (which we had to move manually), signs and secret trapdoors.

Always wondered where Legend City was located and what happened to it...this is a really cool website; thank you!!

David Felix
Date: 07 Jul 2004   Time: 02:48:05
Comments: what a wonderful site..... I can still remember winning a ladmo bag at legend city... thanks for the memories...
Date: 06 Jul 2004   Time: 22:25:25
Comments: Thank you for a wonderful website about a place that is a part of my childhood.
Date: 04 Jul 2004   Time: 12:32:57
Comments: WHAT WONDERFUL MEMORIES!! I can clearly remember my boyfriend and I (now, my husband of 33 years) walking the streets of Legend City on a Saturday afternoon date. We were still in high school, eating cotton candy, wearing our bell bottoms and listening to rock music being played on the p.a. system (Chicago's "25 or 6 to 4"). What great memories!! We both grew up with Wallace, Ladmo and Gerald, so we always made sure to see at least one stage show while we were there. Then that night we'd get some of our friends together and go to Bill's Hamburgers in Mesa, buy 10 hamburgers for a dollar and get a free gallon of root beer. We'd all climb in the car and go see a movie ($1.00 per car load) at the Pioneer Drive-In. It doesn't get better than that!!! Thanks so much for the great website and the great memories!
Date: 24 Jun 2004   Time: 21:51:32
Comments: Hi everyone. Jim Hill again with a few more memories from LC.

I remember rounding-up the Buffalo before the park could open (their names were Ralph and Erma, and they had the run of the park while it was closed), and cleaning-up the piles they left. Once they both got stuck in the queuing line for the Ferris-Wheel and we had a real challenge getting them out. I think we were the first people ever to try to teach a thousand pound Buffalo the concept of backing-up? We were unsuccessful; the Buffalo went over the queuing line, with almost complete destruction.
We had an air compressor that supplied compressed air to the animations in the Mine and River Rides and each night, after the park closed, this huge compressor hidden in a wash behind the river ride, had to be turned-off. Many moonless, and totally black, nights I bumped face-to-face into Ralph or Erma while stumbling blindly through the brush. Talk about bad breath (it comes out of their nose as really foul steam)…Buffalo breath (and the drool that blows out with it) is an eternally lasting memory. Yuk.
The Buffalo in the Ferris-wheel story reminds me of another…one night Steve Bergman and I got a radio call asking us to respond to an emergency on the Ferris-wheel. What can possibly go wrong on the Ferris-wheel? Well, it seems that the operator had stopped the wheel after one of the riders started screaming in pain. Naturally the screaming passenger was at the very top of the now-stopped wheel. We climbed the framework to the top and found that a teenaged girl had her pigtail wound-up in the seats axle. Really wound tight, so that her head was being pulled into the axle. We had the operator reverse the wheel rotation, moving the wheel very slowly backward, but it just pulled her hair harder, and the screams got louder. Our solution was to remove the teenagers pigtail with the only tool we had on us…wire cutters. We resolved the problem and created an entirely new hairstyle at the same time. The new hairstyle didn’t really catch on. We never saw the girl again either, but I’m sure we hold a special place in her memory.
Then came “parking lot duty”. Nobody liked the job of sticking the Legend City bumper stickers on every car in the lot. Some car owners got really upset if they caught you “defacing” their car. I wish today I had kept just one of those stickers.
Then came the Sky Ride. Finally, after months of work erecting the towers (110 feet high), stretching the cable, hanging the counter-weight, and standing on top of Sky Ride Cars attaching a phone line between the end stations, the Sky Ride was ready to open. Darrell Hamby the 26 year-old park President, insisted that we prove it was safe before risking the life of a paying customer. So, with Legend City supplying free beer and food, dozens of employees volunteered to risk their life by operated and riding the Sky Ride for 24 hours straight (I can remember a contest of dropping huge rocks from the ride onto the ducks swimming on the lagoon below. Never successfully, but we scared a few.). We proved beyond any doubt that even a mob of reckless twenty-something’s who were dead-tired and half-drunk couldn’t get hurt on the Sky Ride.
Another memory, probably true, was when I was walking behind (and under) the Ferris-Wheel with Sioux, Steve Bergman, and Chuck Haltigan (Fat Chuck). Chuck got plastered with a warm, wet, chunky substance. He looked up and prayed “Please God, let that be a Coke”. God wasn’t listening that night because it wasn’t a Coke.
One of the rides, The Rage Cage, was known to be such a “puker” that the operators dreaded being assigned to operate it. We actually had a garden hose handy to hose-it-out.
Most of the employees were, like me, also ASU students. We would try and balance being full-time students with working at Legend City. During the months the park was shut down, our Legend City workweeks often exceeded 100 hours. Because our first love was the park, our ASU studies usually suffered. One summer when we remodeled and rewired the Mine Ride, my roommate Steve Bergman and I almost never saw our Sin City Apartment. Just as well, the apartment is where we perfected our train robbing technique, and the manager really objected to the gunfire when we practiced our quick-draw.
Catching “spitters” in the Mine Ride was always fun. Usually the kids were a little afraid anyway, just from being inside that spooky ride. So, when a kid spit on an animation we would shoot him with a pea shooter from some dark corner. We were probably responsible for several religious conversations, and maybe we drove a few over the edge. Sorry if any of you were on the receiving end of a pea.
I still feel the pain inflicted during our tackle football games on the asphalt parking lot by the maintenance shack (usually while we were on the clock). The blood and scrapes were not even considered an inconvenience, and nobody ever admitted to being hurt.
Many other employees were fun to be around, but most names have faded in my memory. There was Fast Helen, who ran the golf course, Popcorn Patty in the popcorn stand, Boom Boom Betsy, in the Boom Town Arcade (a real hottie), Bobby Vanslow with his pure bred dog “Sir Edger the Tuna”, and Dave Dresser and Randy Padilla, who tried their best to discover what was happening with all the Ice Cream disappearing from the Ice Cream Parlor freezer, which the Sound Department had stolen a key for.
Those bright-red, and really sought-after Legend City Windbreakers were really hard to come by, but the Sound Department had cases of them hidden in our “rock” by the River Ride.

Great site. Thank you for bringing back all these memories.
Date: 22 Jun 2004   Time: 19:01:42
Comments: Well, I think this web site is a wonderful tribute to the past. I grew up in Tempe & lived there from 1957 to 1979. Moved to Enumclaw Washington where I currently reside. I will be retiring in the Phx area in a few years. We remember the park as if it were yesterday. The "That 70's Show" helps me keep my past in prespective. Legend City played a big part in my youth. We used to sneak in to the park many times just to have a good time on Friday nights. The Tempe High Class of "71 Graduation party was there. The night was a blure. That was the night my first love & I started our journey together. Only for a few years though. I can remember That night and many others as if they were yesterday. I keep this Web site as one of my saved favorites. Thank you for providing it for all of us.
Your friend, Bruce McArthur
Date: 22 Jun 2004   Time: 18:54:05
Comments: Attn. JIM HILL...
YES..yes..we'd love to hear more from you,
about your Legend City experiences!
Also I'd possibly like to conduct an "email-interview"with you,to post at the Official Wallace and Ladmo Fan Club during July's salute to the park.
Please contact Jason here-SEE E-Mail...
and let us know if you'd be willing?
But tell us more here too! :)
Rob Cook
Co-Founder Of The Wallace & Ladmo Fan Club
Date: 19 Jun 2004   Time: 13:52:43
Comments: CALLING ALL LEGEND CITY workers,
shop owners...and others who were part of this WONDERFUL park,and those FANTABULOUS times!
We're having a Legend City Reunion...of sorts
at the Official Wallace & Ladmo Fan Club!
Starts in this>---->
PLEASE come and "join" the fun,
the admission price is-
ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Just bring your memories, and supply your own cotton candy!
See ya there! :)
Rob Cook aka Desert Rat
Co-Founder of the Official Wallace & Ladmo Fan Club
Date: 18 Jun 2004   Time: 17:13:32
Comments: I found your site very interesting. I grew up in Phoenix and remember several visits to Legend City. Nice job...
Date: 18 Jun 2004   Time: 15:43:54
Comments: Very Impressive !!
I Had a ball
Thank you!!
Marty Martinez
Date: 18 Jun 2004   Time: 02:35:02
Comments: Great site. The plethora of info and pics on this site brougth back great memeories on the "little" Valley of the Sun I grew up in.
Date: 16 Jun 2004   Time: 20:32:36
Comments: Hi Jim Hill -- Yes, we're interested! :)
Date: 05 Jun 2004   Time: 22:29:07
Comments: This site has really refreshed many memories, and I have a story to tell. Like most stories, mine have probably “improved” with each telling.
My name is Jim Hill and I worked at Legend City after getting out of the service in the summer of 1969. My future (and still) wife, Sioux Larry, who was running the Candy Shoppe and the Gay Nineties Arcade, caught my attention by decorating the cast on my then-broken leg. My jobs were to help keep the arcades running, fixing the animations in the Mine and River rides, work to build…and later climb the Sky Ride towers to reset the safety switches (whenever a bird would land on them they would trip, stopping the ride and stranding everyone on it), fixing pin-ball machines, and robbing the train.
Once Steve Bergman and I actually set a ladies hair (wig) on fire when one of our blanks shot-out a fireball, while robbing the train. This wig went up like a giant, hair-spray-soaked cotton ball. Jackie Hill, my sister, our boss, and now Steve’s wife (Jackie Bergman) was furious with us, but did her best not to laugh while standing before this lady with the black, stringy, smoking hair and telling her how sorry we all were (actually, I think the ladies husband wanted to laugh too, but he knew better)…and as usual we were lucky not having been fired.
The group I belonged to was called the Sound Department, and was headed by Howard Kelly (his brother Bobby Kelly was head of purchasing). The Sound Department (made up of me, Steve Bergman, Steve Sanders, Howard Kelly, and Jack Darandahl) would hangout inside a large rock near the River Ride entrance. This rock housed the sound and animation controls for the River Ride, and the Park Music machinery. It also provided cover for many parties and a get-away for lots of other park employees. Lots of beer, appropriated from the Red Garter Saloon, was consumed there.
The River Ride, and our Sound Department rock hideout, hold most of my memories. The River Ride’s water (and the lagoon’s too) came to us after it was too filthy for the zoo to keep using, so we didn’t want to get in it very often. When the River Ride’s waterfall would get stuck (sometimes it wouldn’t shut off when the boat went through it, filling the boat with green, slimy, stinky water) we had to get in the water and fix it. Because the smell of this green slime would get in your clothes and stay, we would usually shut the ride down, strip off our clothes, and plunge into the “water” naked to make the repair. One night the next shift on the River Ride didn’t get the word that the ride was closed, so they loaded a boat and sent it through. We could hear the boat coming, but the slime kept us from being able to climb the slick sides and hide. We just held our legs away from the boat’s prop and pretended to be new animations begging the boat’s operator, Sarge, for help. Sarge instantly realized the screw-up, and played along with our improvised act. Several people commented on the new animations being really lifelike. Only the opaque green water kept the riders from realizing that these “new animations” had a very embarrassing secret.
This is way too long, but there are sooo many stories. Maybe more later, if anyone’s interested….Jim Hill
Date: 03 Jun 2004   Time: 15:58:02
Comments: Ijust posted a comment here and i would like to add this...TO ALL MY FRIENDS THAT I REMEMBER(FORGIVE ME IF I LEAVE YOU OUT,ITS AN OLD AGE THING),Mike Rutollo,Mike Gravens,Jeff Smith,Holly Ravenscroft,Frank LEISNER,RHONDA,Kenny Hablutzel,Matt Swartz,Shelly,Beth,Mike with the "MUSTANG MACH-1",Marco the crazy indian,and the many others i would love to here from HERE IS MY E-MAIL FIREGHOST@CAROLINA.RR.COM and lets not forget.....TARYN! "I DIDN'T DO IT!" love you all...miss the good old day.... THANKS "T.J."
Date: 03 Jun 2004   Time: 15:10:11
Comments: hello god i have finally found a site related to one of my first name is tim robison,i work at lc from 1977 til the day they closed.i started when i was 15(lied about my age) and worked my way up the ladder becoming a relief ride operator(supervisor) i saw many people come and go through there it was sad when it closed..all my friends worked there and they used to call me "T.J." i'm not sure if i know you or not i have a few memory pics i'll have to send you.i would love to have a "Family Reunion" with all the past employees that i knew.I now live in concord,nc and from time time reflect back to those great high school days and working at the city.would love to here from ya. thanks for listening.
Date: 02 Jun 2004   Time: 15:25:56
Comments: Wow, Thanks for the memories. I am a native of Phoenix and I remember going to Legend City at least two or three times a year. Seeing Wallace and Ladmo was always one of the best parts. I really enjoyed getting soaked on the Log Jammer on those hot summer nights. I only wish the place was still around, I know my children would enjoy it as much as I did when I was a kid.
Date: 26 May 2004   Time: 22:37:27
Comments: Damn! I really miss phoenix the way it used to be...Legend City was the best place to have fun outside of Disneyland...and when they opened it up to touring nat'l bands by adding the original Compton terrace with a free admission to Legend City after the show, it was phenominal! I saw the Grateful dead there for the first time, with my good friends Chris and Kurt Kirkwood, who would later form the Meatpuppets...a ton of great memories from there!
Date: 22 May 2004   Time: 15:42:36
Comments: Wonderful tribute. Never had the pleasure of visiting the park, but looks like the sister park to Frontier Village that was located in San Jose, Calif. Designer was Lauri Hollings?
Date: 11 May 2004   Time: 15:18:03
Comments: This has been a great experience, reminds me of the "old days" Thanks for putting this together.
Date: 08 May 2004   Time: 23:34:19
Comments: Thank you for creating this website. It was fun seeing all those pictures and reliving old memories. I'm sad that the park closed before my daughter had a chance to visit it.
Date: 08 May 2004   Time: 18:16:42
Comments: im elliott from los angeles calif my dad lived in phoenix from 1970 to 1975 sadly i did not live in phoenix because i had to finish high school in los angeles i visited phoenix on every vacation i had during my school years i never visited legend city but i heard all about it at times. please check out for another bygone era from la calif.
Date: 06 May 2004   Time: 10:54:51
Comments: I LOVE your site! Thanks for all of the hard work. Might I suggest a section dedicated to the late seventies (the log ride, the sidewinder, the dome laser light show, the local music etc). Legend City is where I spent many an adolescent night in the late seventies. Saw my first concert at Compton Terrace.

Again, so glad you have done this! Great memories.
Cathy Swafford-Rhodes
(East Valley Native)
Date: 05 May 2004   Time: 22:26:37
Comments: My mother and father used to work at Legend City. That's where they met. I spent a lot of my early years there. I've always regretted not going to the park in it's final years. {{sigh}} Thanks for a great memorial.
I'll miss Wallace and Ladmo, too.
Date: 04 May 2004   Time: 19:14:09
Comments: Thank you! I loved Legend City. It was the best place to go when I was in high school. Thanks for the memories.
Date: 04 May 2004   Time: 10:58:57
Comments: I was supposed to be working but "stumbleld" upon this Legend City site! THE MEMORIES! It was our "Disneyland" when I was in jr. high. It's a little heartbreaking to look at the pictures and know it's gone.

Thanks for the great place to come and remember!

Patty - 05/04/04
Date: 30 Apr 2004   Time: 17:35:13
Date: 30 Apr 2004   Time: 14:28:09
Comments: Thanks for the memories! It's nice that someone had the fore thought to hang on to some of these things and take pictures. I spent many fun times at the park. Too bad those days are gone for good.
Date: 29 Apr 2004   Time: 17:52:08
Date: 22 Apr 2004   Time: 16:38:08
Comments: Thank you for the terrific memories. I was only 9 years old when Legend City closed, but I remember many weekends spent there with my family. I am 29 now and wish that it was still here to share with my husband. I hope other people will keep adding thier memories to this site. Again, thank you.
Date: 21 Apr 2004   Time: 15:31:27
Comments: Our family moved from the Phoenix area back in 1978 when I was 14 years old. I returned to the Valley for the first time in 2002, only to find that Legend City was gone. Needless to say, I felt a terrible void because I had been extremely fond of that place as a child. I had a great time when I was there. The sudden news of its demise left me in shock, but this webpage has helped to ease the pain and bring back many good memories. This was an awesome tribute to an awesome place.
Date: 13 Apr 2004   Time: 15:40:14
Comments: What fun it was to be a kid when Legend City was here!! Too bad it had to go away!! I miss it and would love to be able to go again. Looking at all the pictures and memorabila made me smile, just like spending the day there used too!!
Date: 11 Apr 2004   Time: 20:56:03
Comments: hello to all my name is Danny Farrow i worked at legend-city from 1976 to i think 1979 i worked under the caple bros i was assigned to ladmo birthday parties as his body guard sure do miss him
taren was my supervisor would like to know more about an reunion and if there are any outher securty guards that might have worked with me hope to here from you often thanks for the memories Danny
Date: 09 Apr 2004   Time: 21:20:35
Comments: I was born in Phoenix in 1982, and today is the first time I have heard about Legend City. I'm saddened to see that something like this once existed here but was replaced with an office park.
Date: 09 Apr 2004   Time: 10:39:09
Comments: I just posted the above comments and forgot to leave my name, its Jodene Schimkat.
Date: 09 Apr 2004   Time: 10:31:08
Comments: Growing up in Tempe my brother and I went to Legend City all of the time. It was fun and a great place to meet other teenagers. I even got my first kiss from my future husband while riding on the Sky Ride. Great memories. I wish it was still there for my children to enjoy today. I also miss Wallace and Ladmo. What a great childrens show. My brother and I even managed to be on the show 3 times! Two of my most treasured pictures are of my brother and I standing with Ladmo holding our Ladmo Bags! Thanks for making this site.
Date: 03 Apr 2004   Time: 15:57:25
Comments: I am sad to see the long lost memory I had enjoyed so much as a child. I wish it were still here with us. Thank you for the memories captured in this site.

Date: 15 Mar 2004   Time: 14:38:31
Comments: Lived in Tucson, but had family in Phoenix, and looked forward to every summer trip we took to Legend City from the mid 1970's until the park closed. I loved it so much that when we had friends from out of state, we would all drive up for the weekend.

Thanks for putting such a cool website together.


Tucson Arizona March 15, 2004
Date: 05 Mar 2004   Time: 22:23:30
Comments: Wow! I went to Legend City every chance I could during the summer with my brother and sisters, and later with my older buddy (he was in hogh school) starting in the late 60's. I can still smell the cotton candy from the candy store and think often of the old skeletons shoveling coal in the Lost Dutchman's Mine, I guess is was. I got suck up on the skyride and thought I was gonna die! And the caboose on the train was a cool make-out spot after you picked up on a chick! I have a photo of Ladmo from one of his birthday including his cake. They had a relly cool gift shop too from where the membrobilia from this site came from. Yep, those were the good old days. I wish my children and grandchildren could have experienced it. This is a great site. Dave Tansy - Phoenix, AZ native.
Date: 05 Mar 2004   Time: 21:20:39
Comments: When i was about 6 till 10 years old, i used to be- believe that wallace & ladmo owned and lived at le- gend city. To me,LEGEND CITY was Wallace & ladmo. It was a long time before those notions faded from how i saw things. As an adult, (yes when even i be-came one), i understand that how i thought of the amusment park differed from actuality. Until then,however, Wallace & ladmo were the mayors of the fun-nest place i knew about as a kid. And when S.R.P.,(where my dad worked) tore the place down to biuld their dumb corporate headquarters, i was very let down. Still, let me just close by saying as i often hear Bill & Pat say. We had a lot of fun. And to this child at heart,LEGEND CITY will always have a home in my heart, and Wallace & ladmo will always be the mayors. Many thanks, Paul j. Chavez.
Date: 01 Mar 2004   Time: 08:23:46
Comments: We've reached 10,000 hits! Thanks to everyone for helping me celebrate Legend City -- John
Date: 25 Feb 2004   Time: 23:45:33
Comments: I just notice a ton of grammer and typos... I stumbled across this site 2 hours ago, and it's currently 2am in Boston. Sorry about the errors.
Thanks again,
Date: 25 Feb 2004   Time: 23:41:49
Comments: This is simply awesome, in the mid '70s after college I joind a tented traveling circus. George Matthews Great London Circus. There I met Ivan Henry. Ivan owed elephants, chimps and other show animals. Ivan asked me to work for him. And to go on the road, at that time he was with the Capell Shows. So I joined up with Ivan in Feb 1975. As the fates would have it we ended up in Legend City with the animals. I was an incredible experience. Being the animal caretaker I was lucky enough to park my 30' travel trailer behind the "Lost Duchman Mine". It was closed down at the time. Can you imagine living inside a theme park. Well for almost 2 years I was that kid. I say kid as I was only in my early 20's. Well my girlfriend became my wife and we had a baby. She actually was introuduced to Shorty the elephant before she even entered the trailer, her new home. I you know anything about elephants you know why I did this. Elephants can be jealous when there handler pays too much attention to anything else. Of course Shorty was only 6 then just a baby himself. Well I left the business when my daughter was about 2, moved back to Boston and became a fairly successful business man. But for many years I always wanted to show my little girl ( she's 27now) just where her roots really are. Thank you so much for all your time and efforts in putting this together. I'm in hi tech and can appreciate all your hard work. By the way I'm getting ready to retire now and guess what? I'm going back on the road as "The Guesser" you old carny's know what that is. Thanks again, Michael Cappi
Date: 24 Feb 2004   Time: 14:45:49
Comments: I grew up with Legend City and I miss it very much
John Bristow
Date: 29 Jan 2004   Time: 17:11:13
Date: 26 Jan 2004   Time: 16:04:02
Comments: i Remeber going to Legend City as a youngster growing up here in the Valley Wish we could do a new one on that disputed Los Arcos Mall land
Date: 25 Jan 2004   Time: 20:32:46
Comments: Your website is a wonderful tribute to one of my all time favorite places to go as a child! I grew up in Arizona since 1960-61 and we went to Legend City as often as we could afford to go. I'm glad that two of my own kids had a chance to experience this piece of history before it was demolished in '83 as so many other fun places in Arizona have been. Thanks for the memories! Gema (Avery) Kaminer
Date: 20 Jan 2004   Time: 12:15:51
Comments: I worked at legend City from 78 - till closing. It was so much of my life. At this time the Capell family owned it. I have tons of Pictures and even a hand that belonged to one of the dummies in the mine ride. It was a struggle to try to keep the park opened, but I remember on closing day everyone came to show their support - the park was jammed! (i even have closing day pictures) Would love to hear from others! Taryn -
Date: 08 Jan 2004   Time: 17:44:49
Comments: Thanks for bringing back some great memories!!!!
Date: 08 Jan 2004   Time: 13:23:16
Comments: I remember it well, and spent much of my childhood there, and my young adult life in the beer gardens, back then drinking age was 19!

Native of Phoenix...Nadine
Date: 22 Dec 2003   Time: 00:40:11
Comments: I was born in 74 so I was very young when I went there but I seem to remember a haunted house that was located close to the entrance? I also remember a gold fish stand where you would throw pennies or something to try and win goldfish that was right outside of the Haunted House...... I would go in the Haunted House over and over and over while my dad waited outside for me. I remember one time I was there and there was also a concert going on....I could be wrong but I believe it was the Grateful Dead......great site. Hearing the Wallace and Ladmo song almost made me cry!! Thanks, Trace Richardson
Date: 14 Dec 2003   Time: 09:54:02
Comments: Thank you, thank you, thank you! I am one of those in the age group that you mention that have fond memories of Legend City. From the mid 70's to the early 80's. From rainy summer evenings to Compton Terrace concerts. I have lived in Kansa City now as an aduld and was thrilled to accidently stumble on to this site. It truly brought back wonderfull memories. Well done! P. Alvarez
Date: 08 Dec 2003   Time: 09:56:36
Comments: Who remembers the the Spring of '81 when Legend City reopened the river ride, but put people in self steering bumber boats. I was a ride operator on that attraction for a brief period of time, I remember always being wet, because we frequently had to jump in the water to rescue stranded boats, or get people going in the right direction. However, it was a popular attractiion for a while. I can still smell the fumes from the gas engines on those boats, feel the permanent dampness in my uniform. I was very happy when I got reassigned back the the dry confines of the Lost Dutchman Mine Ride.
D Adams ride op 1980-81
Date: 07 Dec 2003   Time: 10:26:00
Comments: At dinner last night we had been talking with friends about growing up with Wallace N Ladmo, and Legend City in the early 70's. Thinking out loud there has to be a website that has pictures of Legend City. With a quick search on Google here it is. Great job, brought back wonderful memories. Too bad the ol City is no longer here, but your work here is the next best thing. Thanks
Date: 25 Nov 2003   Time: 11:30:08
Comments: Love your site. I tell people all the time about how great LC was. Every time I drive past that SRP office.
I remember my best friend and I getting in trouble for spitting at girls while riding the scrambler. I was around 8 I think. ;-)

Thanks for the memories.
Bryce Hadley
Date: 04 Nov 2003   Time: 12:42:46
Comments: Hi Lewis,
Can't wait to see the new Crandell H P Museum's website. Always good to talk with you (Nov 4th). Thanks much for your many compliments and appreciations over the past several months, as well as patience during the heat of battle.

If you need another copy of the Dale Guild CD of pics, just let me know.

Best, Alan
Dale Guild Art Dept
Date: 03 Nov 2003   Time: 09:30:59
Comments: Wow, has this stirred memories...

Anyone ride horses at Weldon's Stables? There was another one right there but I don't remember what it was called. I think for $2.00 you could ride for an hour around the Papago Buttes. Most of the horses were refugees from a glue factory but once in a while you got a good one.

Hole In The Rock and Governor Hunt's tomb up on the hill were favorites. In fact Papago Park was one of my family's favorite birthday party spots. Grab a ramada and fire up the barbeque! Then, once in a while, it was to the zoo. Remember the Bunny Bridge entering the Petting Zoo? Hazel, Baltimore JAck and Ruby...

As I mentioned in a prior rambling, the Round Up Drive-In was a favorite spot in my teen years ('69 to '73). In fact, drive-ins were the place me and my budds would frequent all summer long. Pioneer in Mesa, Silver Dollar, Thunderbird, Big Sky, Rodeo and a few others would all experience our presence at one time or another. Didn't even think of going to an indoor movie much, drive-ins were the rage.

I know this is a Legend City site I just had to wax nostalgic. Hope that is OK :)

Having grown up in Scottsdale, graduated from Scottsdale High in 1971 and been here my entire life I have seen so much come and go.

I thank God quite often that I grew up (or at least aged, I refuse to grow up!) when I did. I think my kids live in a wonderful time now but I wouldn't trade places for anything. As this site has reminded me it was a simpler, more easy going era back then. At least so it seems to me.

Peace all!
Date: 01 Nov 2003   Time: 09:23:14
Comments: Where did the time(s)go?
I'm amazed that it seems just like yesterday,that Legend City first opened up for business...instead of being 40 years ago!
I lived just down the street(so to speak)...more like a bike ride down the canal dirt road,then we took a right past the "Hole In The Rock"...a sharp left over the stone bridge at Papago Park heading towards PHX.ZOO.
A short ride again through the desert passing cactus,and a jack rabbit...hearing the cooing of Mourning Doves.Schools out for the Summer and our favorite destination LEGEND CITY was coming into view.Cut-off jeans...surfer T-shirts...and our childhood wide-eyed excitement.There were many small surprises contained within the park,I always had a keen eye for the details(back then).That first burst through the ticket buying area,revealing the first glimpse of these fantasy acres never lost it's thrill.
I don't recall how we first heard about this kids paradise being built,...only that one day instead of our usual local desert haunts such as Botanical Gardens and Papago Park,with a once pristine desert in perfect balance...also the local Hohokam Indian sites,the mountains(and mini-caves)wildlife where a kid could see horned lizards in abundance.
It just seemed one day it was announced in the Scottsdale Progress just prior to Camelot at the White House changing the mood of America,which Legend City helped in that sad regard too.
I thank God that we lived in those times,and had Legend City included in our neighborhood playground.
It was a true garden of desert Eden Legend City ..and the memories,like what the person above this post said...are faded with those details.
By the way we (us guys) all had our magic moments of a "Sweet Loretta",and it was only meant to be for a short while....but to have it at Legend City must have been extra magical.
I can only hope and pray that those simpler days,
and the Valley 1950-70' precious memories will never completely fade away...I hope that a book will be created about the park,and even perhaps some insights about growing up with this great family amusement spot.. when there was peace,and beauty in abundance.
R.E.C. (lived and dreamed in the Supai School-68th street & Moreland area)1958-78.
Date: 31 Oct 2003   Time: 10:32:03
Comments: As with other posters, growing up in Phoenix through the 50's, 60's and 70's entailed Wallace & Ladmo, Legend City and to us in Scottsdale The Round Up Drive-In. It's hard to harken back to those days, most of them lost in time and the rest just dim snapshots faded with age.

Yet, I remember a memorable night at Legend City. It was a summer evening in 1970 or maybe 1971. I had got up the nerve to ask a young lady out for a date (after my best friend agreed to double with his girl). Our destination...Legend City! It would be great! And, it was.

That particular evening there was a power failure at the park. They didn't close the park but tried, unsuccessfully, to restore power for several hours. During that time I strolled through the park arm in arm with Loretta my date. My friend and his date went one way, we went another enjoying the moment. Finally, there would be no power restored and we would have to leave.

BUT, we got a rain check and were able to go back the following weekend. TWO dates for the price of one! WOW! The second night at Legend City was a blast and I thouroughly enjoyed myself. It would turn out to be the only dates I had with Loretta and I was so shy that I didn't even kiss her! Yep, I was a bit of a dork...oh God...I probably still am!

At any rate, Legend City was the place where I could mostly dream of going to. I was only able to go a handful of times during its existence but it was always a magical and wonderful place. Cheesy rides and junk food to the max, a child's paradise indeed!

Great website! It evoked many, many fond memories of a great childhood.

God bless!
Date: 19 Oct 2003   Time: 19:52:13
Comments: AAHH The memories!! Being born and raised in Scottsdale, I remember many days and nights spent at Legend City. I feel luck to have been a part of such a great place. I truly miss the place. Thanks for placing these great photo's on the internet for us to see.

Ed Crawford -
Date: 15 Oct 2003   Time: 17:43:35
Comments: Thanks for the memories. I'm a Phoenix native and remember Legend City as a birthday party destination in the late 60's and early 70's. My memories of the park were both distinct and vague -- like pieces of half-forgotten dreams, clear details here and there, surrounded by fog.

The photos and explanations here are terrific. I particularly love the Wallace and Ladmo photos, and the Lost Dutchman's Mine ride section.

Thank your for all the effort and love you have poured into this site. The descriptions of the photos are both informative, and they capture the spirit of promotional materials that might have been used to describe the park in its heyday.

Thanks again for helping me recall some cool stuff from my childhood.

Joseph Formichella
Date: 15 Oct 2003   Time: 12:20:53
Comments: I am so glad you have this site. As a native boy of Phoenix born in 74 I still have vivid memories of Legend city. As a matter of fact I work on top of where it once stood for DHL Express. I was walking during lunch one day I took a path off to the southeast of the building. Low and behold I looked at all these palm trees surrounding this unusual looking pond. I started having flashbacks of Wallace and Ladmo on a stage to the south of where I was looking and then I remembered a path around the pond. It was the small pond off to the southeast of Legened's still here. Thanks for the memories.
Date: 12 Oct 2003   Time: 19:00:41
Comments: i remember those days i was born in phoenix az and grew up in apache junction i was hoping that one day some one would build another you see i ended up with epilipsy back then now i'm disabled and have children of my own and they now have no where to go no wonder the children now days get into trouble if some one was to build another one it would create jobs thus keeping our children busy you can say i said it and meant it sincerily mr robert a demarest of tempe az 85281
Date: 06 Oct 2003   Time: 13:39:53
Comments: I've done several searches over the years to find anything about Legend City, to no avail. I went so many times as a youth that it became like a second home. My heart jumped when I found this site. THANK YOU! I have so many memories of this place. Had I known what it would mean to me now, I would have saved everything I ever got from there. Well maybe not the barf from my first date on the teacups, but pretty much everything else (I did get my first kiss later that evening for being such a gentleman about the whole thing). Bless you for these pictures and maps. I drive by the old site from time to time and tears come to my eyes thinking of my childhood and the times I spent there. In fact they're a little misty right now. It was truly a magical place and will always hold a special place in my heart.

John Wright, Prescott Valley, Arizona
Date: 24 Sep 2003   Time: 23:37:07
Comments: Thanks for the memories! I worked at Legend City for three summers (1973-1975). First as a Midway Sweeper, then making carmel apples in the Candy Store and my last summer as a balloon girl. Both of my brothers also worked at the park during these years. It was a GREAT job for teenagers. We had a blast :)

Bonnie (Gallagher) Gilson ---
Date: 23 Sep 2003   Time: 22:03:16
Comments: I was in phoenix and remembered that me and my cousins went there all the time we lived across the street and and me and my cousins were on all there bilboards when the log ride started if you have any pics of the billboards back then please forward to

Date: 20 Sep 2003   Time: 23:16:51
Comments: Great site! I remember it very well. I saw The Police and The Go-Go's there in 1982. Took in the concert and went right into the prak afterwards. Some friends of mine tried to sneak in after it shut down. Do you have info on the Haunted Mansion they built later in the 1970's? It was right by the Sports car ride. Keep up the good work! Charlie Zeller in Scottsdale
Date: 18 Sep 2003   Time: 11:16:24
Comments: What a great website! Thank you for preserving the memories of Legend City. I grew up in No. Cal. and had grandparents that lived in Phoenix. As a kid in the 60's and 70's I would visit them during the summer months and on occasion would go to LC. I still have a pennant from LC in a box around here somewhere. My parents even bought stock in the park. Not sure if they still have the certificate, but they might. I think I'll ask them! Now at age 43, the memories are kind of hazy but I do remember the Lost Dutchman's Mine and the Antique Car rides, the stagecoach and the train. What a great place it was. I wish it was still around so I could take my kids there and let them enjoy it as I did so many years ago. Things never seem to change for the better... Oh well, please keep this site up and running so I can at least show my kids what I did at their age. Regards and good luck! Tom Cloud
Date: 16 Sep 2003   Time: 04:06:54
Comments: Great job! Thank you for compiling all of these great historical pictures.

Your site is a perfect illustration of why the Internet is so great!
Date: 10 Sep 2003   Time: 18:26:25
Comments: What a great trip down memory lane. Legend City was a great place to be a kid during my childhood and a place of mild delinquency as an adolescent.

GREAT Cite. Thanks for the flashbacks.
Date: 09 Sep 2003   Time: 00:43:05
Comments: I grew up in Phoenix from 1969 to 1986. Moved away, but came back in 1999. Every once in a while, I would do a internet search for Legend City, but no luck. Then, today, I tried again. And here I am. It is a great site, bringing back the memories of getting up early on the weekends to get to LC, to be there when the gates opened and staying all day, till the gates closed. Having a great time running around the park with your friends and meeting new friends. And at the end of the night, make plans to get up the following weekend and do it all over again. It was a great time in my life, but a sad part, when LC fell to the way for progress. It would be great if Legend City could be like the Phoenix Bird. To Rise From The Ashes To Become One Again.
Thanks for the Memories
Ken Sept. 2003
Date: 02 Sep 2003   Time: 22:09:21
Comments: My ex brother in law sent me your site. I worked there back in 1972/73. My first job (still in high school) was walking around with a broom and pan.......The old line was....."how's business?" My answer (I hated) was "picking up".

Later I got to work directing traffic in the parking lot.. At the time I thought it was a step up. A friend of mine (elementary school) went to Brophy with Paul Shoen and was a good friend of his... That how I got the job.

I wonder what happened to the huge redwood tree out front?

Oh the stories..... I remember going on a camping trip with a couple of people, (employee's) older than I..... We went up to Crown King. The guy who drove owned and old 62 Chevy panel truck, white with chrome rims. He worked on the riverboat ride as a guide.... Then there was the gal (ASU student ) that drive that lime green VW, maybe a convertible....I had a big time crush on her but she was so much older... Ha....

There was another guy I worked with Paul Marquart...maybe the wrong spelling......

Anyway.... sorry to go off but that was a fun place.......
Date: 31 Aug 2003   Time: 22:35:50
Comments: I was trying to explain Legend City to my poor post Wallace and Ladmo kids (imagine a childhood w/o Mr. Grudgmeyer and the all Vegetable Band). Excellent website, but I would like to read more about Louis Crandall's first hand recollections. I bet he has great stories to tell. I always thought that the Legend City locomotive was bought by the Old Tucson theme park and was destroyed in the fire they had. I wish someone would raise the funds to bring the old iron horse back home to the Phoenix Area(see the Aug 14 posting). Scottsdale's McCormick Railroad Park would be a great place to keep her. I'm going to call them.
Date: 23 Aug 2003   Time: 10:08:37
Comments: Loved your site. I attended a birthday party there as a little kid back in 1973. Wish I would have gone back more often. Thanks for the memories

Dave Sayre
Date: 19 Aug 2003   Time: 23:05:54
Comments: I grew up in Phoenix and left after graduating high school. One of my fondest memories includes my brother and me sweltering in 115 degree heat at Legend City. It didn't matter that our shoes were melting on our feet - we were at Legend City! It's sad to see that it's gone. What a great time to have grown up in the Valley.

Rodney Thorin
Houston, Texas
Date: 14 Aug 2003   Time: 11:32:00
Comments: I currently am selling the 36" Gauge Crown 4-4-0 American Locomotive and coaches which ran in Legend City right up to the end. They have been in dry storage in El Paso for about 14 years now. I'm trying to find a good home for her.
Don Anderson Email:
Narrow Gauge Railroad Dealership
Date: 11 Aug 2003   Time: 17:12:03
Comments: This is a GREAT TRIBUTE to a wonderful Park! We are close friends of the man behind this amazingly delightful park, Louis Crandall . We went to Mesa Union High School together, and he was the '48 Class Pres., with a really great artistic talent.
He now has the most extensive museum in the United States, if not the world, commemorating and duplicating the invention of the printing press. He actually has "working models" of the various presses that he demonstrates to the public. It is right downtown Provo, Utah at 275 East Center St.
[801] 377-7777 will put you in touch with Louis so that you can make an appointment for your family or a larger school group. It is well worth the time and effort to see his wonderful collection . I understand that he is now planning to enlarge his Museum, and that will allow him to include even more of his printing press collection.
Date: 05 Aug 2003   Time: 03:52:44
Comments: Just for clarification...I'll put those dates in one more time. I didn't realize everything would be bunched together like that. These are some significant L.C. dates and the day of the week they fell on. Legend City trivia, I guess:
June 29, 1963 Saturday;
December 31, 1964 Thursday;
May 1, 1965 Saturday;
April 27, 1969 Sunday;
June 30, 1973 Saturday; {Monte Mesa AZ}
8 5 2003 Tuesday 2:52 AM
Date: 05 Aug 2003   Time: 03:44:15
Comments: From Monte in Mesa....misc. info from my recent research:

1963 June 29: Legend City first opened to the public. Construction began in the fall of 1961. It closed Dec. 31, 1964. It reopened on May 1, 1965 and closed again on Dec. 5, 1965. On Sept. 21,1966. L.C. declared bankruptcy. L.C. was closed from Sep. 1966 to Apr. 1969. It opened again on Apr. 27, 1969.
A sky ride was opened in 1970. L.C. was opened for 8 months in 1969, 10 months in 1970 and 1972, and all of 1972. It was sold on Feb. 28, 1973 by Amerco to a Japanese company. It reopened on Memorial Day of 1973. It closed in 1975 and was sold in 1977 to DOT Amusement Corp. L.C. closed in the fall of 1982. In June of 1983, it was sold to S.R.P., Salt River Project (electric company).
It had 6 owners in its 16 years of operation and it existed for 23 years. It had about 5 million visitors.

1973 June 30: Legend City had its grand reopening. It was then 135 acres at 56th St. and Washington. There were about 26 rides. In 1983, L.C. was bought by SRP for $21.5 million. L.C. was soon torn down.

6 29, 1963 Saturday
12 31, 1964 Thursday
5 1, 1965 Saturday
4 27, 1969 Sunday
6 30, 1973 Saturday {Monte Mesa AZ}

8 5 2003 Tuesday
Date: 05 Aug 2003   Time: 03:26:27
Comments: Hello. My name is Monte, an AZ native in Mesa, Az. I went to Legend City many times in my grade and high school school years. I have been researching L.C. for about a year now and I thought I'd paste some info I have in these messages in case you want to add it to your site. It's accurate to the best of my knowledge. Your site is great. I first visited it early this year when all that was available was a banner saying Legend City. You've come a long way since then. I hope I can find a site half this good relating to the Round-Up Drive In in Scottsdale, Arizona (1955? to 1979). In the words of the GREAT Bob Hope...."Thanks for the memories!" I'll paste my research in the next posting. MONTE
Date: 04 Aug 2003   Time: 12:31:53
Comments: what a great site. sure brought back a lot of friends and i used to climb the fence and sneak in, then spend the whole night worrying about getting caught!sure hope the statute of limitations has runout,now that ive confessed.
Date: 29 Jul 2003   Time: 15:06:35
Comments: This was the Legend City Essay contest's
2nd place winner..submitted by:
Vandi Clark (*note-Vandi was good friends with
Vonda Kay Van Dyke growing up together in Arizona)

I remember Legend City for quite a different reason than most people. I worked there.

Yes, I went there as a teen, but my friend Patty actually sang there! That to me was so neat!

Fast forward to the summer of 1976: I apply for a job. Not as a singer, I realize that by that time my voice won't cut it, but as a mime animal. My training in theatre at the U of A puts me in good standing and I get the job! There are 4 of us: Mel & Mike, who are engaged, Shane a PE major & me. There are also 4 mime animals: Patches (the mouse), Clyde (a large green monster), Kooky Bird (a road runner) & Prickly (the talking cactus). It should have been easy, strolling around in a costume for an hour - me as Patches, Shane as Clyde, returning to home base (the Saloon's dressing room) & resting an hour while Mike & Mel made the same stroll.

It proved to be quite a challenge. How for example, do you say to a mother: "No, lady, I can't hold your baby while you take a picture. I can't feel a thing through this fur & I could easily drop your child on his head" or, "Kid, stop hitting me. You're going to beat my chest down to an AA cup!" when you're a mime??? Just try telling someone what time the next show starts when you can’t talk. One day, Shane & I did corner 2 relatively vicious little thugs (probably about 10 years old) and threaten to throw them in the lagoon with the crocodiles if we even saw them again while we were in costume!

We were supposed to wear cut-offs under our costumes, but we never did! It was too hot! We were also supposed to wear these cool suits which consisted of a bathing cap like device with 2 tubes attached to it which ran down to a vest like contraption with a pouch in the back for ice and a battery and pump in the front which provided power to circulate cool/very cold water and thus supposedly keep one cool. What management hadn’t counted on was that the whirring noise from the pump scared small children, while the ice would slosh forward and almost tip you over while you were shaking a small child’s hand if you didn’t brace yourself. They also hadn’t counted on kids kicking the toggle switch to off, cutting off your water supply or the battery going dead while you were on the other side of the park, giving you approximately 10 minutes to hot foot it back to home base before your body turned the consistency of warm beer.

We danced a lot that summer. "You are the Sunshine of My Life" still makes me giggle and smile. Sometimes, the park was so crowded, we had to have an escort, usually a security policeman to get us to our performance.

That was the case the day I saw Wallace & Ladmo at the park. It was totally crowded. The stage was set up in the desert area, near the railroad tracks. We were the "warm up act". So, we danced, and then they were late, so we danced some more. 3 of us went down that day. Mike had the best legs, so he was the bird, Mel had patches and I was a very short Clyde. Shane was our security. After our second round of dancing, they were ready to perform! Although I’d watched the same, basic routine many times between Wallace, Ladmo & Pat, I watched them with renewed interest. Here were the idols of my youth, making the whole thing fresh and new to another generation of kids! It was wonderful!

My only frustration was that I couldn’t take off my Clyde head and get a little cool or at least wipe the sweat. Our hiding space behind the platform was open to the passing of the train every 10 or 15 minutes. It would never do to have children see a headless Clyde!

Fast forward again to the spring of 1996: I’ve now spent 19 years in Dallas as a professional actress and am having lunch with a friend whose daughter thinks being an actress must be fun. I’m here to talk her out of it. It’s very hard work and the easier it looks, the harder the actor is working. After lunch, my friend Brenda suggests we check out the girl’s bathroom at Planet Hollywood, just down the block . She says that it was decorated by someone famous, but the name currently escapes me. I take one look at the black and white checked, slanting tiles (think forced perspective here), list to one side and say, "Look, Brenda, doesn’t this remind you of the Old Dutchman’s Shack?" Before Brenda can reply, I hear this high pitched, loud voice saying, "Legend City!!!! You REMEMBER Legend City???" "Yes," I quietly reply, "I used to work there. Usually I was Patches." At this point, I gave the "Patches" wave. "Oooooooo!! You really did work there!!! Can I pleeeeaaase have your autograph?" (You must picture this radiating to every stall in both restrooms!) So, I graciously gave her my autograph on a restroom paper towel. "Thanks for remembering, Patches." As we left, I remarked: "I’ve got 19 years of legitimate work in these portfolios and I’m giving an autograph for my work as a mime animal at an amusement park!" I must have done something right. Brenda’s daughter majored in hotel management.
Date: 29 Jul 2003   Time: 12:50:49
Comments: Below was the winning Legend City Essay..that was held at the Official Wallace & Ladmo Fan Club.
A wonderful true romance story at Legend City.
Rob Cook(co-founder W&L Fan Club)

A Legend City Night to Remember
By Karen Laubinger
As soon as I walked through the main gate, I knew this was not going to be an ordinary night. There was a sense of excitement and a hint of magic in the air.
The tempting aroma of fresh popcorn along with the
sweet smell of cotton candy drifted through the hot
August breeze passed me. In the distance, I could
hear the mixed sounds of screams and laughter. This
was not my first visit to Legend City, nor was it my
last, but it was by far my most memorable.
The date was August 16, 1976. I went with my
friend, Kristine, in honor of her sixteenth birthday.
What better way for two teenagers to spend a summer
evening? After a quick discussion of our plan of
attack on the rides of the park we set off down the
main street to the horseless carriage ride. I did not know how to drive a car yet, not that it really
mattered for that particular ride, but I wanted
Kristine to drive. Kristine and I giggled as we
steered our way through the tree-lined course. As I recall, we did a lot of giggling during that night.
The sun was just about to set and the gleaming,
glittering, glowing lights of Legend City lit up the
park. Red, yellow, and orange colors abounded. I had to take a break in the ladies' room to check my face,hair and clothes. What else would a sixteen-year-old girl do after being out in public for thirty minutes?
If memory serves me correctly, I was sporting a new
hair-do: a shoulder length bob, sprayed with Aqua-Net to the hilt. I had on a pair of beige jeans and a top with a small lace color and a flower applique.
We continued down the path, checking out all the
rides. It was later in the evening that we came upon the Lost Dutchman's Mine Ride. The line was long, but we would wait. There was a cute teen-age attendant helping people into each wooden mining car ... oh, the memories.... It was finally our turn. The cute attendant helped us into the car, giving me a special smile. With a jolt, the ride started and busted through the doors. Kristine and I were doing our usual giggles with some added screams and "aaks" as the ride proceeded. The air in the tunnel was musty and it was dark, except for the occasional light from a well-placed surprise, like a spider or skeleton. We gasped and were frightened (just for fun) as we watched the bright, blinding light of the approaching
train. Just in time, the car turned down another
path, and we were safe. Clank, clank, rattle, and
clack were the sounds we heard as the car wheels
rolled along the track. To our amazement, we had some extra-added scares along the ride. The cute ride attendant had sneaked into the ride through some hidden entrance and jumped out in front of the car.
After our screams and giggles, he disappeared only to reappear to give me a little poke on the shoulder.
Now, he had our attention, and we obviously had his.
After a few more surprise visits from this flirtatious fellow along the course of the ride our car came to the end and stopped. The attendant, who was innocently standing back at his assigned position,asked us if we had a good time on the ride as he helped us out of the car. We giggled, blushed, and ran away. I was "smitten" with that attendant. Was he"smitten" with me?
Kristine and I continued on our quest to go on all the rides. We rode the Sky Ride, the Ferris wheel, the roller coaster, Rage Cage, and all of the other carnival type rides. We circled around through the Mexican Village and enjoyed the delicious aromas of Mexican Food. Whenever I went through the village, I would pretend I was actually in Mexico on vacation.
It was so alluring to me with the white stucco walls,bright, festive colors and lights.
I had to go back to the Mine Ride. With a little
nudging, Kristine and I were standing in the long line again. That cute attendant was still there. We spoke to him. He told us his name was Greg. It was our turn to get on the ride, but this time Kristine did not sit next to me in the mining car. The cute attendant, who had caught my attention, whose name was Greg, decided to take a ride. He had earned a break.
Greg sat next to me. Kristine sat behind. The ride
took on a whole new importance to me after that night.
Greg and I dated for a year.
That night is memorable to me for three reasons:going to Legend City, a celebration of my friend's birthday, and the night I met my first love. What better combination is there?
When I am alone and daydreaming, my mind settles on those wonderful, magical, daring days of Legend City.
For a moment I can smell the popcorn, taste the
cotton candy and ice cream from the ice cream parlor.
I can see the goodies and trinkets on the shelves in
the gift shops, wishing I had some money to buy
something. I see all the bright, twinkling lights
from the Ferris wheel and roller coaster. I hear the screams and laughter of happy, excited people
throughout the park. I remember Greg and the Lost
Dutchman's Mine ride.... I am so thankful that there
was "for one brief shining moment" in my childhood an amusement park known as Legend City.

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