Thursday, 8 March 2012

Tucson Rodeo Parade Museum

The Museum is right by the parade grounds and on the site of the original Tucson Airport.   The remains of the runways run underneath museum buildings, one of which is an old hanger.

There are many different types of carriages in the museum, almost all of which at some time or another have been used in the Tucson Rodeo Parade.

Many of the carriages are also movie stars in their own right the one below was, I believe, used by Maureen O’Hara.

This buckboard was used by John Wayne and was also in the TV series High Chaparral.

Santa left his sleigh behind

The tack room was stuffed full harnesses, bridles and whatever else you need to hitch up horses and wagons.

Somewhere in the museum there is also the ‘surrey with the fringe on top’ used in the film Oklahoma, but for some reason I didn’t take a photograph of it.

As the museum has no climate control it closes in early April because it is simply too hot.   It’s a very interesting place and we really enjoyed our visit.

Have fun, we are!

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