This year I decided to arrange a stay of a week's time so we could play golf in Sunsites and check out the Rex Allen Museum and get some cider. Well, two out of three is not bad.
It seems the town of Willcox has been hard hit by the recession and a lot of the local restaurants and motels have closed down. The Cider Mill was victim to the economy also, shutting down after selling locally grown apples and apple products for twenty-plus years. When you ask folks where to eat they recommend the Big Tex BBQ place or "The Plaza" which is a little restaurant at the truck stop along the interstate. Driving through downtown there are almost as many empty storefronts as there are those still in business and there's not much traffic on the roadways. It only takes a few minutes to navigate most of the town, so after driving around a bit one day we stopped at the Rex Allen Museum.
Growing up in the 50s and 60s my heroes were cowboys: Roy Rogers, the Lone Ranger, Gene Autry, the Rifleman, Sugarfoot, Sky King and more. Rex Allen wasn't a name I was familiar with but I figured he was a contemporary of Roy Rogers and that was good enough for me.
It's not going to take you a long time to cover the entire museum, but it was an interesting way to spend the morning and bring back memories of sitting in front of the TV on a Saturday morning enthralled by the cowboys racing across the small screen. And that was certainly worth the $3.