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Subject: ARCHIVE: January 29, 1919 ~It was 100 years ago Hollywood lost its first Cowboy Wonder Horse Equestrian star OLD BLUE, film star Tom Mix's faithful steed in wildly popular early Silent Film. Before there was 'Trigger' and 'Silver', there was "Old Blue", who sadly broke a leg in an accident at the Mixville Studio corral, where he was buried nearby. ...


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Sadly, Old Blue grave is now paved over by a strip mall parking lot in Glendale, CA.
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Date Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 01:12:01pm

Tom Mix and Old Blue, seen here at the old Mixville ranch in Edendale (now Silver Lake/Glendale), in Los Angeles area.
The photo's inscription, written and signed by Mix, reads: "In memory of 'Old Blue', the best horse I ever rode.
Born July 14, 1897. Killed January 29, 1919. He grew old loyally".
Today Mixville is long gone,
and the hill in the background of this photo is dotted with homes. ...

"Old Blue"
(July 14, 1897 - January 29, 1919)


"Old Blue" the original horse of cowboy star Tom Mix, and one of the first animals to become a Hollywood celebrity. Old Blue gallantly supported Mix in 87 films between 1911 and 1917, among them "The Scapegoat" (1912), "The Law and the Outlaw" (1913), "When the West Was Young" (1914), "The Man From Texas" (1915), "The Raiders" (1916), and "Six Cylinder Love" (1917).

Most were produced at Mixville, Mix's movie ranch in Los Angeles, where Old Blue had a spacious stable to himself. When he turned 20, the steed was replaced by Mix's most famous horse, Tony, though he continued to make occasional appearances in Westerns.

On January 29, 1919, Old Blue broke a leg in an accident at the Mixville corral, and had to be shot. He was laid to rest under a large wooden monument near his stable, and for many years Mix placed horseshoe wreaths on his grave. No trace of Mixville remains today, but it is believed that Old Blue still lies buried beneath the parking lot that covers much of the site.

The Mixville ranch site in 2005, occupied by a shopping center. The bank marking Old Blue's stable and probable gravesite is at far right. Mixville once covered 12 acres along what is now Glendale Boulevard. Cowboy star Tom Mix filmed hundreds of westerns here between 1914 and 1928.

The East West Bank at 2496 Glendale Boulevard stands on the approximate spot of Old Blue's stable at the
former Mixville ranch. It is believed Old Blue still lies buried somewhere beneath this parking lot.


Link ...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/11591651/old_blue

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I guess Old Blue's remains went by way of infrastructure progress, and the same fate of "Wizard of Oz" canine actor TOTO, whose body was ripped up to construct L.A.'s Ventura Freeway. ...No respectWednesday, January 30, 01:32:37pm


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