The town of Willcox grew up because of the railroad, and it’s primary business street (for 2 blocks) is Railroad Avenue. The old passenger depot is now city hall.
There are a couple of pieces of memorabilia outside the building, as well as a small exhibit inside.
A vacant train car sits across the street with a ramada over it.
The town dates from the late 1800s.
Most of the buildings date from the early 1900s.
The town’s most famous son is Rex Allen, the ‘Arizona Cowboy’. Rex was a singer and actor along the lines of Roy Rogers. If you do a search for him you can find him doing a great version of Tumblin’ Tumbleweeds, complete with a green rhinestone suit.
The Willcox area has 15 wineries surrounding it, as well as huge pecan and pistachio farms, but in the end Willcox was, is, and will always be a railroad town.
The area around Willcox, Elgin and Sonoita Arizona have a climate and soil conditions similar to California and Argentina, as they are over 5000′ in elevation resulting is ‘not as hot’ a climate. As a result there are more than 15 wineries in Sonoita and Elgin alone, and another 14 in Willcox.
We stopped by the Flying Leap Vineyard near Elgin for some tasting and a tour. While it is too early for the grapes to be growing, it is still a picturesque setting.
Not only does Flying Leap make wine, they also make spirits, and the nice people at Flying Leap showed me around.
The facility has separate tasing rooms for the spirits and the wines.
You are more than welcome to wander around the facility.
They are very dog friendly!
While there are many tasting rooms in the area, a stop at Flying Leap is highly recommended.
The town of Tombstone is like many other small Arizona towns, except they have a dirt main street full of tourists shops, and a plethora of tourists coming to see ‘the old west’, at least the version that Hollywood made.
One of the highlights of the town is the worlds largest rose bush/tree. To celebrate this once a year they have their Rose Parade, which is nothing like Pasadena or even Portland. In true Tombstone most of it is the old west look, with a dose of patriotism.
There were multiple color guards.
The workers from the Bird Cage Theater checked out the scene.
Many of the Tombstone regular actors took part.
Dorothy and Friends were there! Not sure where they have been all these years.
A motorcycle preacher.
My personal favorite participant, whom I believe we saw in the Pet Parade in Tucson a few weeks ago.
These young ladies were part of the community church group.
The parade was sponsored by a women’s club in Tombstone, who specializes in dressing up like the late 1800, early 1900s.
A perfect weather Sunday was a great reason to go sniff out some more wildflowers.
The Globe area is proud enough of their wildflowers they have a festival the weekend of April 7th and 8th, but we visited the weekend before with a return to Peridot Mesa on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, about 20 miles east of Globe.
The surrounding mountains appeared to have ‘streams’ of flowers running down them.
The native plants add to the atmosphere, mixed in with the wildflowers.