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Chamber of Commerce, The Happy Trails Children’s Foundation, the Black Heritage Committee, Delta
Sigma Theta Sorority, the National Council of Negro Women, the NAACP, and the Roy Rogers Ranch
constitute a sampling of organizations that
cordially invite the residents of the Victor Valley to join us September 28 and 29, 2013, as we celebrate the
100th birthday of “The Bronze Buckaroo.” In his early years Jeffries sang with the Duke Ellington Orchestra
and is the only surviving member of that group. During the 1930′s Jeffries made two musical westerns at the
Murray’s Overall Wearing Dude Ranch in Apple Valley, the only dude ranch in the world owned and operated
“Harlem Rides the Range” and “The Bronze Buckaroo” were both filmed at the Murray’s Ranch, located
on what is now the northwest corner of Dale Evans Parkway and Waalew, in 1939. The fight scene at the
end of “The Bronze Buckaroo” is shot northeast of the intersection of Popago and Century Plant.
Sat. Sept. 28 the Herb Jeffries celebration will begin at 10:30 am. with a tour of those film locations: the
Murray Ranch site and Sycamore Rocks. The tour will be led by John Bascom, President of the Mohahve
A banquet in Jeffries’ honor will be held at the Historic Apple Valley Inn the evening of the 28th. Doors
open at 5:30 P.M. Cost for the banquet is $35.00 per individual or $60.00 per couple if purchased prior to
the event day. Tickets at the door will cost $40.00 per individual or $70.00 per couple. An event program is
included with ticket purchase. Guests will be feted with talented musical entertainment by Jimmie Smith and
Company, both jazz and western tunes, tributes to Herb Jeffries, plus a delicious buffet dinner catered by
Sunday Sept. 29 events at Oro Grande will be held at the Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch. Cowboy Church
will begin at 10:00 A.M. with a message by Gabby Hayes (aka Dale Park) and music by the Bascom Ranch
Band. The first Jeffries film, “Harlem Rides the Range,” filmed at Murray Ranch in Apple Valley in 1939,
will commence at 11:00 am 12:00 noon will be a lunch break with food available for purchase from Old Town
Hot Dogs, owned by Roy and Dale’s biological nephew, David O’Dell. For those desirous of resting after lunch
there will be entertainment and music at 1:00.
“The Bronze Buckaroo,” also filmed at the Murray Ranch in 1939, will be shown at 2:00 pm, Through these
films, Jeffries was making history in an era when strict separation of the races was in vogue. His singing
cowboy films had an all-Black cast, complete with the singing cowboy group “The Four Tones.” Cost for the
adventure at the ranch is only $5.00, and parking is free. Come and enjoy this mini-film festival.
Tickets for both events are now on sale at the Apple Valley Chamber of Commerce office, 16010 Apple
Valley Rd., 2 blocks north of Highway 18. (Turn left into Spirit River Center, then go right, then left around
the corner.) Contact number 760-242-2753. Marcy Taylor also has tickets available, contact 760-985-1918.
The official hotel for out-of-town guests is the Ambassador, located at the Palmdale Rd. exit of the I-15.
Room rates are $59.00 per night and includes breakfast for two.
Sponsorships are available for those desirous of joining forces to support this historic event. Call Marcy
Taylor for additional
information.We encourage residents of the Victor Valley and Western/jazz aficionados to join us in
celebrating a living legend, Herb Jeffries, “The Bronze Buckaroo,” who contributed to the history of Apple