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Best Bygone Theme Park Phoenix 2008 - Legend City

Legend City

Considering the way our city has expanded over the past few decades, with people relocating from other states, sometimes it's hard to tell who was born here from those who've moved here. We've figured out a surefire way of determining who's a native and who's a Johnny-come-lately: Ask them about Legend City. Only true OG's born and raised in the PHX will remember going to the Valley's version of Disneyland, which was located near 56th and Washington streets on the border of Phoenix and Tempe from 1963 until it was felled by a wrecking ball in the early '80s. The joyous joint was filled with themed areas devoted to Arizona's Wild West history and culture, like Indian Country and Boom Town.

We've got childhood memories of bombing around the park, lining up for the spookiness of the Lost Dutchman Mine ride, floating down the River of Legends, or spinning around on the Krazy Kups until we were green in the face. Our first chance to meet Wallace and Ladmo also came at Legend City, as the hosts of the renowned local children's show were regular visitors, holding a live stage show weekly and handing out their coveted and candy-filled Ladmo Bags. Thankfully, the park lives on through Web sites (www.legend-city.com) and even its own MySpace page (www.myspace.com/legendcity), where former patrons leave loving devotions, like the one from a dude who wrote, "Legend City is truly legendary." Word.

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sandra hawkins
sandra hawkins

finally, finally, i can talk to someone who knows legend city, i loved everything about this park. of course it was pretty huge to me because i was so young, but i also knew at a young age that who ever ran the city of phoenix and partially tempe were not in my opinion very bright! why would you let a memory like that go. also the beautiful fox theatre, so when it is of course to late you get a bright idea to start preserving historical sights ! the best ran city, i hardly think so!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

virginia
virginia

i hear, Legend city and the Fox Theater, our school use to give us free passes for getting good grades, i remeber the Wallace and Ladmo show, with Gerald, Hop Cap and the wheels, sure were good times

jim
jim

It was a terrific time to be a kid, grew up with Wallace and Ladmo and Legend City, fun times and lasting memories.

Vicki
Vicki

I met my husband in September of 1965, and our first date was to Legend City. Naturally, we have very fond memories of that wonderful place! So sad to see it go ~ along with Tri-City Mall, Pioneer and Sands Drive-Ins, the Mezona (dance auditorium, the Redezvous swimming pool, etc. and now .. Mattas Mexican Restaurant. Sometimes its sad that times have to change.

Rob
Rob

Wallace and Ladmo were the highlight of a visit to Legend City. The rides and attractions were just something to do until the show started.

Often forgotten was Legend City's next door neighbor, Compton Terrace, where the really cool concerts were held.

Adriana
Adriana

I have been looking for pictures of legend city for awhile now and I'm glad I came across your website. I remember the day my father took my brother and I to the park. It was a sad day when a child fell off of one of the rides, think it was the last I heard of legend city. Miss the old zoo and the good old times we spent.

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