Charlie was a true friend to the Cowboy stars. Charlie spent a lot of time around those silver screen heroes, at Western Festivals. He interviewed many of them and wrote about them in several of his books, such as this title to one of his books, aptly named “The Legends Live On and Where have the Westerns Gone!”
Larry Hedrick also dedicated more than thirty-five years to the concept and building of a museum devoted to the preservation of the history and lore of Superstition Mountain and the Lost Dutchman Mine. I worked closely with Larry during the first ten years and witnessed his dedication, devotion and hard work to see the concept materialize into its building at Goldfield Ghost Town on January 31, 1990.
In January of 2014, Charlie was named Arizona’s Official Western Film Historian and had his “boot prints” placed in cement and installed on the Apacheland Wall of Fame alongside prints of western stars who had once filmed there like, Peter Brown, Robert Fuller, Richard Boone and Ronald Reagan. He was also awarded a Fellowship of Western Arts at the prestigious Smithsonian affiliate, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.