Lonesome Dove, Handsome Bill and Alabaster, AL

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WELCOME TO LONESOME DOVE, ALABASTER, AL  POPULATION 1...I have already introduced you to my miracle Uncle, Handsome Bill Holcombe.  Handsome Bill was one of those born out of time.  He should have been a major player in the Wild Wild West, but that was not in the cards for him.                 Uncle Bill is a very artistic person with many talents.  He is a seasoned musician, and artist, comedian, entertainer, successful and educated business man , friend, brother, daddy, uncle and son.  He is loved by everyone that comes in contact with him and he gets to be a cowboy everyday!  Always a lover of antiques, old westerns, and the authentic wild west, a retirement hobby turned into a great ministry of sorts.  When Uncle Bill moved back home after living in Memphis, TN for 20 some odd years, he bought a home with some acreage and started putting his touch on it.  Today his home is opened by appointment to the public.  From the beginning of March to the middle of November he entertains in his small town, church groups, red hatters, senior citizens, cancer patients, children with disabilities and military heroes.

Sitting on his 10+ acres is an entire town from the wild west.  It is complete with a church that will seat about 75, organ, piano and pulpit  all of which were inspired by the church in the movie High Noon.  There is a general store, a saloon that serves nothing stronger than sasparillo, a barber shop, jail , grist mill, dodge house, Rose's Cantina, leather room and beautiful display of handtooled gun holsters  that are his pride and joy.  Everything was made and built by him with will and determination to share his passion of the "Good Old Days "  

Visit and you will laugh, kick back and remember a blast from the past.  The tours are free and you will also have a soft drink and some of the best pop corn ever made.  If you are ever in the Alabaster, AL area and would like some good clean fun and humor, stop by, he would love to see you.  He was healed from his cancer and his work for the Lord lives on.  Happy Trails!     

                                                                                                             

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Jim Johnson

I visited Bill one day a few years back.  As a country music disc jockey for many years, I had played the wax off of Wendy's records.  I was hosting Country Gold for the American Forces Network in Europe when she passed away and I always wanted to pay my respects.  Bill couldn't have been more friendly to me.  I felt like family as he took me on a personal tour of Lonsome Dove Ranch and talked about how he built it  and about Wendy and her life.  It was a very special afternoon as we walked and he talked about all his special memories, and about his love of creating great things of beauty in leather.  He was a master craftsman and spent much time showing me his many creations.  Before I left I asked if he would make a horse bridle for me.  He gave me a great big smile and said "Come on back anytime partner."  I didn't make it befoe he passed, but plan to stop by one day soon.   Hopefully I can sit in the Dodge House for awhile and just remember that very special day. 

August 23, 2011 04:23 PM
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Mike Moore

I met Billy Jack many years ago when he lived in Fox Valley. I was aware of the Lonsome Dove Ranch but always thought that I would find the time to visit and see the wonderful western main street that he built on the ranch. I drove by today and realized that I had waited too long. The buildings are still there but I got the impression that they were no longer accessible to the public. A pity, I would loved to have walked down main street, entered the buildings and rememberd Billy and Scriptualdays gone by.

October 21, 2012 06:07 PM
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Valerie Springer
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143

Mike, thanks for taking a moment to comment.  We all have good intentions and often we let time run out on things we hoped to do.  You are right, Lonesome Dove is no longer open to the public.  The property is still owned by a family member but the grounds are now private.  A great legacy he left behind! 

October 22, 2012 01:03 PM
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Valerie Springer
Home Loan Officer AL, FHA, VA, Conventional and Re
Benchmark Mortgage nmls 2143

Lonesome Dove is no longer open to the public.   So sorry.

July 29, 2013 08:22 AM
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Mary Ferguson

My grandfather, Joe Cox, helped Bill build these buildings. My mother, Peggy Cox, grew up with wendy and muley. I always wanted to take my daughters up to the ranch and let them see what their great granddaddy helped with. My mom still has a painting that Bill did of her horse. 

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