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I really enjoyed Fred D. Pfening, Jr.’s article about the TOM MIX CIRCUS. I wasn’t able to attend the show when it played Pontiac, MI in 1935, but I did manage to check out the lot until my Dad and I were chased out of the back yard by an irate executive type individual. [article currently online on this website http://www.circushistory.org/Bandwagon/bw-two.htm%5D My Dad’s cousin worked, for a time, at the GMC TRUCK AND COACH plant in Pontiac Michigan. He reported that Tom Mix had his bus in the factory during the off season for possible repairs or maybe some reworking. At any rate, a fellow was told to test the water tank for leaks. He hooked it to an air compressor to check for escaping air and then promptly forgot what he was supposed ot be doing. He left the work area. The air pressure on the tank built up to such a point that the tank actually exploded and a portion of the bus body was damaged! Needless to say, GMC was a bit embarrassed over this event.

Hartland Smith

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My name is Diane Mix Hayes. I am the grand daugther of the late Tom Mix. Some say my grandfather left Arkasana with a circus. I am trying to find some of his brothers or sister my grandfather was a black any infromation that you can come with be greatly appreciated.

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The Tom Mix Stagecoach is on display in the Miami County Museum, Peru, Indiana. Mildred Kopis Curator/Director Miami County Museum 51 No. Broadway Peru, IN 46970,

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