The Alpine Outlaws were founded in 1985 by Don (Snake) Hughes
who hand selected a unique group of tradesmen from a small mountain
community just east of San Diego called Alpine. Each cast member
was selected for their look and dedication to the re-creation
of these Old West icons. With a zest for the West and the hankerin’
to live the life of an ‘Outlaw,’ this dedicated group
of men formed the most revered group of bad guys San Diego County
has ever seen!
A close friend, caring for a terminally ill little girl at Children’s
Hospital, called one day stating that he had a young girl who
wanted to pet the face of a horse before she passed away. Rallying
to the call, Don loaded his horse and headed for the hospital
with the intention of walking his horse right up to the girl while
she was still attached to life support medical equipment. Unfortunately,
this eight year-old girl died before he arrived at the hospital.
Not to be deterred, Don formed the Alpine Outlaws and dedicated
their mission to having fun and re-creating the lure of the Old
West, all while raising money to help terminally ill children
make their final wish come true.
Working directly with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, the Alpine
Outlaws were awarded the “1989 Dream Maker” Award
at the Make-A-Wish Foundation National Appreciation Convention.
The Outlaw Era ...
Outlaw era portrayed is between 1860 and 1899, with the primary
focus on the 1880 era after the end of the Civil War. The Outlaw
stereotype is made up from drifters and good-for-nothing cowpokes
with a yearning to live life to the fullest…. without respect
for law abiding citizens. Many of the Outlaw types were left over
from the once famous Cantrell’s Raiders. The Raiders were
an elite guerilla group, dedicated to robbing trains and supply
lines of the Union Army; hit and run tactics; and grabbing money
and supplies for the starving, dilapidated Confederate Army.
as thieves, this way of life only came natural for these ‘loose
canons’ when the war came to an end. After all, that is
the only way of life they knew, and it was easy! Just walk right
in, point your sidearm and demand what you wanted. Heck…most
towns did not even have a Sheriff, and the ones that did usually
belonged to the richest man in those parts. There was no such
thing as impartial law.
The Alpine Outlaws recreate the mystery and fascination of the
Old West with their authentic clothing, saddles, tack and weapons.
Performing Wild West Shows, participating at wedding receptions,
birthday parties, BBQ’s, fundraisers and parades….
The Alpine Outlaws know how to make any event an event to remember.
The Alpine Outlaws are dedicated to preserving the lure of the
Old West and entertaining you, while having fun!
The Outlaws are infamous for riding in parades all over Southern
California, shooting up events and parties and hosting their own
“Dance Under the Stars” for almost 20 years! Once
a local Alpine street dance, now the event has moved to the local
rodeo arena to accommodate the thousands of people. Wild West
entertainment by the Outlaws is enhanced with performances by
famous country western singers sponsored by KSON Radio, the largest
country radio station in San Diego County.
Why do we have all this fun? To raise money
for children with life threatening diseases and
victims of tragic fires and accidents. That’s
right….these bunch of “Bad Guys” are really
the “Good Guys,” making a difference in our
community. Some of our beneficiaries have been The Children’s
Burn Center and The Burn Institute.
Real events…. or legends…. The allure of the Old
West is our heritage and should not be forgotten. The traditions
of the Old West will live on forever through the dedication of
the Alpine Outlaws and other Old West Re-enactor groups.
If you are planning a special event, BBQ, parade, western theme
fundraiser…you name it…the Outlaws will be there to
disrupt your party with some wild and wacky antics that your guests
are sure to remember! Call us if you want to spice up your event
with gunfight shows, fight scenes, gun safety demonstrations for
the kids, or simply to “add color”. You’ll have
a chance for a close look at some of the ugliest…. meanest
…. hombres this side of the Pecos!
The Alpine Outlaws are dedicated to preserving
the lure of the Old West and entertaining you, while having fun!
The OUTLAWS are ready for
you … Are you ready for the OUTLAWS??
Outlaws would like to thank the members and staff of VFW Post
9578 (Tom C. Dyke) for graciously allowing our group the use of
their facilities for our monthly meetings!