The Superstition Mountain Museum’s Western Cowboy Day will celebrate local history, cowboy lifestyle, Apacheland Movie Ranch and Native American culture 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. This event is free for the whole family and is to be a rootin’ tootin’ good time.
This region was favored in the 1950s and ‘60s as a backdrop for many TV and movie westerns. Apache Junction and Gold Canyon played host to “cowboy” legends such as Ronald Reagan, John Wayne and Audie Murphy, but also was home to real-life cowboys like Superstition Mountain Historical Society founder Tom Kollenborn and Oscar-winner Ben Johnson.
Many of the original western movie actors are gone, but the legends and stories they created live on at the museum, 4087 E. Apache Trail (State Route 88) in Apache Junction.
On Saturday, Feb. 18, the Superstition Mountain Renegades will be on hand to delight audiences with their special brand of entertainment. Humor and creative sketches are sure to end up with some gun play and cowboy-style consequences. It’s all presented in good fun and they’re a very popular attraction.
Teton Ken will be bringing along some four-legged friends to meet and greet attendees and tell some tall tales. There will be cowboy poets, showings of some classic Westerns and live music as well.
There will be food trucks to provide a meal when hunger strikes and plenty of exhibits to feed your Old West curiosity.
For information, go to superstitionmountainlostdutchmanmuseum.org or call 480-983-4888.