Thomas Hezekiah Mix was born in Cameron County, PA, in 1880. It was not until 1904 that he headed west to try his hand as a cowboy. At the St. Louis World Fair, Mix met Will Rogers and they would remain friends for life. Mix had dedicated himself to fine-tuning his rodeo skills. In 1910, he began his movie career when he was hired along with Hoot Gibson to appear in a western. Mix would go on to appear in between 300 and 400 films and to become the first actor to promote his horse as a star. Tom Mix was a \"straight-shooting, non-drinking, non-smoking, non-swearing\" cowboy who set an example for children and adult Wild West fans. Tom Mix came to Greenville on December 1, 1933, and on October 8, 1936. He died in an automobile accident in 1940 at the age of sixty.