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 ...
The 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.
Trained 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
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!