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Phoenix, Arizona / Saturday, December 24, 2016
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Mr. Legend City passes on
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residents were saddened earlier this year to learn of the passing of
Louis Crandall, the enterprising local artist and advertising agency
owner who, in the early 1960s, simply dreamed up and then brought
into being the iconic Disneyland-style theme park for Phoenix called
Crandall, 87, died of natural causes in Provo, Utah on September 11,
surrounded by his loving family. He is survived by his children
Janie Crandall Hjorth, Mem Crandall Bryan, Annette Crandall Olson,
Ruthie Crandall Dangerfield, and Lou Crandall Jr., and by his
beloved poodle Willie.
was born July 27, 1929, in Mesa, Arizona to Louis Packer Crandall
and Louise Marie Crismon. He graduated from Mesa High School and
Arizona State University before starting a successful advertising
agency in Phoenix. His dream of building his own theme park was
inspired by a series of visits to Disneyland in the late ‘50s.
Crandall defied a chorus of skeptical naysayers in forming a board
of directors, lining up financing, and then constructing his
amusement park south of Papago Park in Tempe. Legend City opened
with great fanfare in June, 1963 and ran for 20 years. The park
experienced financial challenges early on and Crandall was forced
out in 1964. He relocated to Provo where he started his life anew as
a developer and businessman.
later years, Louis Crandall assembled and opened one of the greatest
printing museums in the world, the Crandall Historical Printing
Museum in Provo. The museum features one-of-a-kind exhibits and
artifacts that include a working replica of the Gutenberg printing
press. Crandall’s family plans to continue operating the museum and
is accepting donations at
While the printing museum became his focus for many years, Crandall
never lost his passion for the long-lost amusement park he left
behind in Phoenix. His last visit to the Valley was in November
2015, when he attended the opening of a Legend City
exhibit at Tempe History Museum.
Crandall was laid to rest in the Provo East Lawn Cemetery on
September 17, in a ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners.
Crandall’s eldest child Janie said of her father, “We are very proud
of our dad's accomplishments. He loved people and wanted to make
people happy. He was also a wonderful dad.”
Christown Spectrum celebration quite a gas
By J. Beaver
got decidedly groovy over at Christown Spectrum Mall in September as
the ageless Phoenix shopping center celebrated its 55thbirthday
with an elaborate ‘60s-themed bash.
Approximately 300 celebrants showed up for the fab three-hour event,
which was imbued with a highly nostalgic atmosphere designed to
hearken back to the mall’s first decade of existence in the 1960’s.
Apparently, after many years of ignoring Christown’s rich history,
the mall’s management has finally discovered the value of nostalgia
as an effective promotional device.
RAVE, a totally boss local ‘60s retrospective rock band, took the
stage in the old Court of Fountains and performed a slew of classic
tunes from back in the day including “All My Loving,” “Bad Moon
Rising,” “California Girls,” and “I’m Henery the VII, I Am.” The
well-executed live performances of ‘60s standards made more than a
few nostalgic attendees wish they could still stroll down the mall
to Bill’s Records to purchase the discs for themselves.
Management decorated the walls of the mall with an excellent
selection of vintage photos of the old Chris-Town Center dating back
to its opening in 1961 and prominently placed a towering birthday
cake comprised of colorful balloons in the Fountain Court just
inside the main entrance. Just outside the mall, a beautifully
preserved Volkswagen bus from the early ‘60s provided a nice photo
op for party guests. Totally freaky.
nostalgic character of the birthday fest was further enhanced by a
variety of retro happenings including a hula-hoop contest,
psychedelic pixel painting, “far out arts and crafts,” face
painting, and a balloon twisting class. A photographer was on hand
to take free “hippie photos” for attendees and a drawing was held
for three “outta sight” prizes, which included stays at local
resorts. As the gathering sang “Happy Birthday” to Christown, mall
employees distributed large quantities of chocolate and white
Present at the
festivities was local writer John Bueker, popularly known as the
“Not Particularly Hip Historian,” who used the occasion to announce
the disappointing news that his highly anticipated book on
Chris-Town Mall would not be forthcoming after all.
“Arcadia Publishing basically changed their minds,” Bueker said
quietly as he munched on chocolate birthday cake in front of Costco.
“They suddenly decided they needed the mall to pre-purchase an
ungodly number of books before we could move forward, and that just
wasn’t going to happen. Bummer, man.”
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