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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
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A Tribute to a Bygone Arizona Amusement Park
Friday, October 31st, 2014

Golden Palace Saloon

The Coca-Cola Golden Palace Saloon (later called the Red Garter) was a major entertainment venue at Legend City, featuring a rich variety of performers of just about every imaginable kind, originally including the ventriloquism act of future Miss America Vonda Kay Van Dyke. The Copper Tones barber shop quartet was another early act at the Palace, led by West High School senior Rick Mitchell. Meanwhile, Ed and Nanci Keener performed their magic act at Legend City for many months, working the stage along with Sandy Gibbons and Vonda Kay at both the Golden Palace and Lagoon Amphitheater. Many of the black and white images on this page are courtesy of the Keeners, who appear in the photos along with Sandy, his assistant Sandra Dirickson, Vonda Kay and a second barbershop quartet known as the "Devilaires." Incidentally, Sandra appeared with Sandy on "Dialing For Dollars" on KPHO-TV in the mid '60s. Here also appears three color photos of the Golden Palace from the archives of Louis Crandall. Let the good times roll.
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