Tom Mix MuseumPO Box 190
721 North Delaware Street
Dewey, OK 74029
Manager: Fawn Lassiter
|Thursday–Saturday||10 am to 4:30 pm|
|Tuesday–Saturday||10 am to 4:30 pm|
|The month of January and all state holidays.|
Use of drones over Oklahoma Historical Society property is not permitted without written approval of the facility director.
Tom Mix Museum
The museum houses items from Tom Mix's personal collection, providing a glimpse into the life of one of Oklahoma's most colorful figures. Those too young to remember the man and his talent are sure to find his story as fascinating as those who watched him ride across the movie screen years ago.
Tom Mix was born on January 6, 1880, in Mix Run, Pennsylvania, to Edwin and Elizabeth Mix.
After a stint in the army, Tom moved to Guthrie, Oklahoma Territory, where he worked odd jobs. At various times Tom worked as a bartender, a hand with Zack Miller's 101 Ranch, and for a short time in 1911 served as Marshal in Dewey, Oklahoma. While working for the 101 Ranch, Tom began his movie career. Tom married five times and had two children, Ruth, born July 13, 1912, to Olive Stokes, and Thomasina, born February 12, 1922, to Victoria Ford. Tom Mix died on October 11, 1940, in a car accident on a highway between Tuscon and Florence, Arizona.
Tom Mix's movie career spanned twenty-six years from 1909–1935. At various times he was under contract with the Selig Polyscope Company, Fox Film Corporation, Film Booking Office, Universal, and Mascot. In all, he made 336 feature films, produced 88, wrote 71, and directed 117. Tom made only nine sound feature films and the fifteen-chapter serial Miracle Rider. Tom Mix's movies were famous for quick action and daredevil stunts. Tom and his horse, Tony, performed their own stunts. Tom was a superb athlete and kept himself in good physical condition. He pioneered many of the early movie stunts. No trick cameras or fake scenes were used because of the limited shooting budgets.
Misinformation and lore seems to abound about Tom Mix. Some of the stories were created as publicity for the studios, others Tom himself spread and from there the stories multiplied until the truth became hard to find.
To learn more, visit the Tom Mix Museum website at tommixmuseum.com. This property is managed by Tom Mix Museum, Inc.