Tag: History

Curly’s Cowboy Christmas Benefits Happy Trails Foundation

The 13th annual Curly’s Cowboy Christmas dinner and show was held on December 13 at the Ambassador Hotel in Victorville.

The event is a tribute to the memory of singer/songwriter Jim “Curly” Musgrave who passed away in 2009. The Academy of Western Artists (AWA) gave Curly the Will Rogers award for Male Vocalist of the Year and Entertainer in 2003.

Belinda Gail, a long-time singing partner of Curly’s, performed, along with cowboy singer Michael Fleming and cowboy poet Chris Issacs.

Some local characters on hand included members of the Double R Bar Regulators from Lucerne Valley, plus “Frankie Flash” Fiore, 85, of Victorville and “Gabby” of Oro Grande, who worked for the Roy Rogers’ family.

The event is held annually to raise funds for the Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, one of the charities supported by Roy Rogers, who lived by the same high standards and moral code he portrayed on screen where he had a more positive influence on the lives of boys and girls growing up in America in the 40’s and 50’s than any other single individual.

The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation houses up to 44 severely abused boys at the Cooper Home in Apple Valley.

If you would like to help the Happy Trails foundation, call (760) 240-3330 or visit the website Donations payable to: Happy Trails Children’s Foundation may be mailed to: 10755 Apple Valley Road, Apple Valley, CA 92308.

To see more photos from this event go to:, click on “Photos” then on “Albums” and select “Curly’s Cowboy Christmas 2014”


Route 66 Historical Society to Hold Open House July 9

The ribbon was cut in February, and now on the Victorville Old Town Route 66 Historic Society is hosting a grand opening celebration for its new information center and mini-museum on July 9.

The organization’s purpose is to preserve the history of Victorville and surrounding areas, and promote the redevelopment and economic growth of Old Town Victorville.

Local residents and tourists alike get a taste of local history. Memorabilia on site includes posters, old photos, historical displays of mining, railroads, western lifestyle, Route 66 era, school, business, toys, records, tools, along with Roy and Dale.

You may want to become a member or a volunteer docent.

The open house is Wednesday, July 9 at 4:00 p.m., located at 15492A 7th Street, Victorville. Call (760) 885-9369 for info.

Another upcoming event is the California Route 66 Museum’s all-day bus tour to the Gene Autry Museum planned for mid-July. A special exhibit entitled “Route 66: The Road and Romance” will be on display at the museum. For information and details contact Sharon Foster at (760) 885-9369 or Marcy Taylor at (760)985-1918.

Sweetwater Outlaws Seeks Cowboys, Gunslingers, Saloon Girls

The Sweetwater Outlaws is an Wild West reenactment team that is actively seeking new members. The group is based in the High Desert of Southern California. They are family-oriented and have a lot of fun depicting life in the Old West of the late 1800s. Members dress in period correct attire, and promote gun safety with demonstrations and education before each performance. They have their own town and encampment, which are used for performances during events. The group is fully insured and is a member of the Reenactment Guild of America.

They are available for hire to perform at public and private events such as parades, festivals, chuckwagon cookoffs, encampments, gunfights, shotgun weddings, chamber and community functions.

They perform at no charge for U.S. Military personnel and their dependents.
The Sweetwater Outlaws will be performing gunfights, skits, and living history at these 2014 events (in California unless otherwise noted): Whiskey Flat Days, Kernville (Feb. 14-17); Bishop Mule Days, Bishop (May 20-25); Gilman Ranch and Wagon Museum Wild West Days, Banning (June 7-8); Old Miners Day, Big Bear (June 14); Big Bear Chili Cook Off (July 12-13); Shoot Out on Whiskey Row, Prescott, AZ (July 25 -28); Stage Coach Days, Banning (Sept, 5 – 7); Calico Days Parade, Calico Ghost Town, Yermo (Sept. 27); Mojave River Days, Helendale (Oct. 4 -5); Helldorado Days, Tombstone, AZ (Oct. 17-19); and 49ers Encampment, Death Valley National Park (Nov. 14 – 15).

For more information about the group, or the events calendar, contact Lauren Hood at (760) 504-3157. Visit, or “like” Sweetwater Outlaws on Facebook. Email: