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Welcome to Brushwood Gulch! 

Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in Brushwood Gulch

Home of the Los Angeles Chapter of the International Laurel & Hardy Society

The Way Out West Tent was founded in 1967 as the fifth chapter of the Sons of the Desert. It is named after the 1937 feature film starring Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy. This film took place in the fictional town of Brushwood Gulch, which we have tried to recreate here. This website is divided into five categories: Gazette, General Store, Town Hall, Telegraph, and Saloon. To explore any of these sections, please click on the buildings in the image above or use the text menu located at the bottom of the page. For more information about this organization, see our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, December 5, 2017.

 

Stan Laurel and Lois Laurel We are saddened to report the passing of Stan Laurel’s daughter, Lois Laurel Hawes, on July 28th. Lois had been very involved in our tent over the years, and we have a tribute to her in our September newsletter. More than just a celebrity amongst the Sons of the Desert, she was a good friend to many of us and she will be missed.

 

What's New:

50th Anniversary Registration
Information and registration form for our upcoming special event to celebrate our 50th anniversary.(08/21/17)

September Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(08/21/17)

2018 International Convention
Registration forms for upcoming International Convention in Cincinnati are now available. (8/9/17)

July Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(07/17/17)

May Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(05/16/17)

March Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(03/13/17)

January Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(01/03/17)

2017 Membership Information
Meeting dates and information about tent membership has been updated for 2017. (12/07/16)

December Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(11/28/16)

October-November Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(9/22/16)

wayoutwest.org's 20th Anniversary
To mark our tent's 20 years on the Internet, take a look at the way our site looked on day one.(9/19/16)

2018 International Convention
Visit the new website of the 2018 Sons of the Desert International Convention.(9/18/16)

August-September Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(8/8/16)

2016 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in England. (7/22/16)

June-July Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(6/6/16)

April-May Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(4/12/16)

March Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(2/16/16)

January-February Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(1/4/16)

November-December Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(11/30/15)

2016 Membership Information
Meeting dates and information about tent membership has been updated for 2016. (11/30/15)

September-October Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(09/16/15)

July-August Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(07/28/15)

May-June Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(05/19/15)

March-April Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(03/17/15)

January-February Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(01/04/15)

2015 Membership Information
Meeting dates and information about tent membership has been updated for 2015. (01/2/15)

November-December Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(12/01/14)

September-October Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(9/25/14)

July-August Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(8/12/14)

2014 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in Hollywood. (7/9/14)

May-June Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(6/9/14)

March-April Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(3/18/14)

January-February Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(1/8/14)

2014 International Convention
Registration forms for upcoming International Convention in Hollywood are now available. (1/6/14)

October-December Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(12/3/13)

August-September Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(8/3/13)

June-July Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(6/3/13)

April-May Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(4/16/13)

March Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(2/26/13)

January-February Newsletter
The latest issue of the Brushwood Gulch Gazette has been updated.(1/7/13)

Photos with Dinah the Mule
Visit here to view, download, and print your photo taken with Dinah the Mule at our October Special Event.(10/21/12)

October Special Event
Our tent will celebrate its 45th anniversary at a special event on October 20, 2012.(9/24/12)

2012 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in Manchester, New Hampshire. (8/1/12)

Home Videos
Our listing of Laurel and Hardy home videos has been updated. This is the most complete listing of L&H videos around. Information is provided on currently available videos, as well as those that are out of print. Links are available to order. (11/23/11)

Links
Our links to other sites have been updated. (3/11/11)

Sons of the Desert Tent Listings
Want to join a local chapter of the Sons of the Desert? Check the official tent listings to find out who to contact.(2/26/11)

November Locations Tour
Highlights from our November tour of Laurel & Hardy filming locations. (11/16/10)

2010 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in Sacramento, California. (6/17/10)

October Locations Tour
Highlights from our October tour of Laurel & Hardy filming locations. (10/26/09)

2008 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in The Netherlands. (7/24/08)

Bill Patterson Memorial
It is with profound sadness that we must announce the death of our tent's founding Grand Sheik, William T. Patterson. A memorial will be held at the Mayflower Club on December 10th. See our newsletter for more information. (12/05/07)

Anniversary Celebration
News and photos from our 40th anniversary banquet and tours are now online. (8/1/07)

2006 Convention Report
News and photos from the International Convention in Augusta, Georgia. (7/13/06)

Annual Banquet Archive
Photos and news from our most recent annual banquets are now online.

Contact Information
W.O.W. contact info has been updated with our tent's new mailing address.

Books
Our book list has been redesigned and updated, with new reviews and additional books.

Surveys
Our new survey question asks which of L&H's mishaps with a piano is your favorite. Seven other survey questions are also available, including our "Favorite Films" survey which has been running continuously for the past six years.

Weekly Trivia
We have an entirely new trivia system available, which will automatically post a new question each week and let you know your score immediately. New questions will be posted every Saturday morning and will remain online for a week.

Guest Book & Mailing Lists:

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  50th Anniversary

Survey Results

Favorite Films:
Sons Of The Desert
Music Box
Big Business

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Weekly Trivia

This Week's Question:
In The Laurel-Hardy Murder Case, who much is the estate of Ebeneezer Laurel worth?

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This Week

107 years ago this week:
Arthur Stanley Jefferson (Stan Laurel) leaves for America with the Fred Karno Troupe. (9/22/10)

96 years ago this week:
"The Bellhop" is released, featuring Larry Semon and Oliver Hardy. (9/18/21)

91 years ago this week:
"Bromo and Juliet" is released, featuring Oliver Hardy and Charley Chase. (9/19/26)

91 years ago this week:
"Duck Soup" begins production. (9/20/26)

88 years ago this week:
"They Go Boom" is released. (9/21/29)

87 years ago this week:
"Another Fine Mess" begins production. (9/22/30)

86 years ago this week:
"Come Clean" is released. (9/19/31)

85 years ago this week:
"Pack Up Your Troubles" is released. (9/17/32)

85 years ago this week:
"Their First Mistake" begins production. (9/21/32)

46 years ago this week:
Billy Gilbert, best remembered as the professor in "The Music Box" and the voice of Sneezy in "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs," dies at the age of 78 in Hollywood at the age of 78. (9/23/71)

21 years ago this week:
Wayoutwest.org makes its debut on the Internet. (9/19/96)

Born September 17:
Ben Turpin - "Our Wife," "Saps at Sea"

Born September 18:
Robert "Mickey" Blake - "The Big Noise," Our Gang

Born September 19:
Joy Lane - "Babes in Toyland," Our Gang

Born September 20:
Billy Bletcher - "Babes in Toyland"



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