End of the trail for Roy Rogers Museum

Full story: San Bernardino County Sun

Change is not always good. The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum was a popular tourist attraction in Victorville for more than 35 years, starting in 1967.
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jak

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Jan 14, 2010
 
Once again progress has kicked us in the gut.
wcecil

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Jan 14, 2010
 
Not that anyone will really read this, or even cares, but it all comes down to what someone can make in money. It really saddens me that someone of Roys stature has eventually come to this.
I watched him and Dale in my early years, and they always stood for the good guy verses the bad guy. Made a very big impact in my life, and I still live it today. I know that Roy and Trigger, and Dale and Buttermilk will forever make an impression on those of us that truly care. Bring it all back to us, and then just let it go.
Messiah

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#4
Jan 15, 2010
 
Not to rub salt in the wound, but the museum would have eventually liquidated itself in the coming years if left in Victorville. Those western movies appealed to an older generation that is getting smaller every day, and newer generations have no appreciation for nostalgia, so business at the museum would be destined to decline. The move may have been a dumb idea fueled by greed, but end result would have come sooner or later any way.
California Sun

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#5
Jan 15, 2010
 
My wife says Roy Rodgers and his family were the nicest people she ever met. I always looked up to him when I was a kid; he was a good role model. It's a shame his museum is going to close, and the writer is right, they should have left it in Victorville.
Code 4

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#6
Jan 15, 2010
 
I'm glad the family is selling it off. If you're under 50, the name Roy Rogers means nothing to you. Sadly, his time has passed. At lest people who remember him can buy an item that belonged to him, and both sides, buyer and seller, walk away happy.
ohmygod

San Bernardino, CA

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Sure, we taxpayers should send a county stooge to the auction, and spend money on useless crap like a stuffed horse, or a pantsuit Liberace wouldn't wear.

Right.

Allen

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Jan 15, 2010
 
I agree with Code 4: Roy Rogers means nothing to most people under 50. In fact, most people under 20 probably have never heard of him or Dale Evans. It reminds me of when I D.J.ed a Christmas tree lighting event. I gave away a copy of "The Andy Griffith Show" Season one. At least one kid there said that he had never heard of Andy Griffith or his show, despite the fact that it was still on TV Land and being run on local stations. It's the same with Roy, although his shows are not being run as much as "The Andy Griffith Show". By the way, for those who are interested, you can download episodes of Roy's radio show by going to www.mysteryshows.com . A lifetime membership is only $10 and you not only get access to Roy's radio shows, but a whole bunch of Old Time Radio shows such as My Favorite Husband with Lucille Ball, Gunsmoke, Dragnet, Ozzie and Harriet and more. Check it out.

Since: Jan 10

San Bernardino, CA

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#9
Jan 15, 2010
 
how very,very sad.the gun collection was amazing! i feel for roy jr. hopefully he got to keep the stuff that ment the most to him. happy trails no more. so sad.
Citi

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Jan 15, 2010
 
It would be nice if the Gene Autrey Museum would set up an area there for some of Roy and Dale articles.
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#11
Jan 15, 2010
 
Did Roy really have Dale Stuffed and mounted too?
aarp5931

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Everything that Dusty changed after his dad passed away has failed. After i got married i went to work for my new father in law in Paramount ca. We made truch bodies, We made about 4 big trailers for Roy's houses. I am very sad to see & hear that everything is gone now. The younger generation will not get to see who Roy & Dale were.
Roger Redlands

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Jan 15, 2010
 
Maybe the Redlands Historical Museum can get Trigger. Put a stuffed likeness of Jon Harrison on him, riding sidesaddle.
MojaveDan

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Jan 16, 2010
 
I grew up in Apple Valley, and I knew the Rogers personally. I knew them well enough to know that Roy can be a horse's ass at times. Dale rounded his edges and made Roy more bearable among friends.

Dusty (aka Roy Jr.) did everything he could to keep the museum open in Victorville, but the cold hard fact was that Roy's fans were getting older and they weren't visiting the museum anymore. Visitors dropped off to almost nothing after Roy died and the museum was barely running in the black even before he died. Dusty tried to develop a hospitality center with the museum as the anchor, but the local water district wanted to charge outrageous fees which killed the project at the 11th hour. Moving to Branson was a last ditch effort to preserve the museum, which obviously didn't work out.

I know that Roy and Dale's children their grandchildren and close friends are 100% behind Dusty's decision. We knw that Dusty did everything he could to preserve his dad's and step mom's legacy for the public. He certainly doesn't deserve the ridicule from ignorant reporters who don't get their facts straight and/or have the decency to call Dusty and get his side of the story.
Terre

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Jan 16, 2010
 
This is sad to read. He should at least keep Trigger. Obviously his father loved that horse.
Educator

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#17
Jan 16, 2010
 
Trigger really belongs in the Smithsonian Museum. He's much more a part of American culture than Archie Bunker's chair.
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#18
Jan 16, 2010
 
Buttercup,Dale's horse was my favorite.My parents used to bowl at Victor Bowl bowling alley with Roy in the 1970's,what a nice man he was.They gave so much to the entire Victor Valley.I hope whoever buys the museums things really appreciates what theyre getting.Happy Trails!!!
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#19
Jan 16, 2010
 
I agree with Educator...move Trigger to the Smithsonian. I remember visiting the museum when I was a kid. I had "old" parents and I grew up with music from the 1930's, film noir and old western movies. An era has ended, sadly.
Bettie Causey

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#20
Apr 4, 2010
 
I have seen Dusty's show twice. Last year was the best. They are good people. I met Dale when she spoke at my church. A sweet christion lady whice seems to work against show people now. She and Roy stuck to their beli

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The real Mike C

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#21
Apr 4, 2010
 
Roy who?
California Sun

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#23
Apr 5, 2010
 
Roy Rogers was the king of the cowboys.

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