Legend City

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Cappi's Photos Circus132Here is one of the judges demonstrating the arm wrestling contests rules. I am at the table far left. I was somewhat bored with the promo as it went on all day but it turned out to be one of the strongest promotion of the year.

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Legend City

Posted By on May 3, 2013

Cappi's Photos Circus134

Arm wrestling in the 19070’s was one of the most popular events. Everyone from bars to amusement parks and even schools were competing in this contest of strength. Private clubs started up and competed with each other.
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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos Circus136In the  center of the photo is Ray Westler, who was a retired union boss from back East.  Ray proved to be quite vital for  Legend City.  A good fixer and if needed his tongue was as sharp as a razor. At the time of this photo he was coordinating with our park security.

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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos Circus142OK……. who will be the first in this arm wrestling contest. The event started at 10:00 am and lasted throughout the evening.

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Legend CIty

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Cappi's Photos Circus133“A weigh in”.  This determined what class of arm wrestling  you were put in. We even had some women that joined in the competition.

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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos Circus131A contestant waiting for the next challenger in his weight class.

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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos 2089Little Jimmy greeted people at the front gate and did clown skits with Goldie our tramp clown. They made up their own bits with just a little circus flavor. I hope to find a photo of Goldie. Bill Capell bought an old hook and ladder fire truck. It was parked in the front area of the front gate. Jimmy and Goldie used it for one of their gags. I got some old fire coats from the Tempe Fire Dept for their wardrobe. They would start the fire engine and set the siren off. When they got the attention of the crowd, the skit would start. It really was nothing more than the fire house gag, ending up with a bucket of torn bits of paper being thrown into the audience.

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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos 3095Jimmy was not only our mascot, he also was sort of a handy man. He could fix anything.

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Legend City

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Cappi's Photos Circus116This is the lake front stage. It was the main stage at Legend City….where Wallace and Ladmoe performed every Sunday. We also presented small but professional rock and country western groups. The open air bleacher seated over 1000 people. The black drapery does not look so good in this photo as the wind was playing with it. Back stage were two dressing rooms that accommodated male and female artists. I wish I had a photo of the Legend City Saloon which was where the Mighty Midget and other single acts performed between our melodrama actors. We had a lot of good local amateur acts, pulse semi pros honing their talents. Every two weeks we would bring in a big professional act or promotion. Legend City only opened it’s doors in the evening and many nights would stay open till 2:am because of the heat in AZ. Of course in winter we would open much earlier.

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Legend City

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SCAN1557Legend City Arm WestlingAll day long the events went on. The competition came from all over the Maricopa county area. The promoters of the event were in a friendly way ribbing me to join in and compete. After a while it did get under my skin, as it would any circus guy. I grew up driving stakes with a 16 pound sledge hammer and lifted as well carried more pig iron than they could possible imagine. As you can see, I took first in my division at 180 to 200 pounds………….That will teach them to mess with a Kinker.

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