Contributed by Dave Jensen
The Roy Rogers Museum has closed its doors for good.
A time in history, never to be seen again, but what a ride it was. HAPPY
TRAILS TO YOU! THOSE WERE THE DAYS, MY FRIEND!
The Roy Rogers Museum in Branson , MO has closed its doors forever. The
contents of the museum were sold at a public auction. Roy Rogers told his
son, if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents.
He complied. Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold
Roy's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500, it was estimated to sell between
100 and 150 thousand dollars.
His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of "This Is Your Life"
sold for $10,000 (est. $800-$1,000).
A collection of signed baseballs (Pete Rose, Duke Snyder and other greats)
sold for $3,750.
A collection of signed bats (Yogi Berra, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller and
others) sold for $2,750.
Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (est. 100-150 K).
One of many of Roy 's shirts sold for $16,250 and one of his many cowboy
hats sold for $17,500.
One set of boot spurs sold for $10,625. (He never used a set of spurs on
A life size shooting gallery sold for $27,500.
Various chandeliers sold from $6,875 to $20,000. Very unique and artistic
in their western style.
A signed photograph by Don Larsen taken during his perfect game in the
world series against the Dodgers on Oct. 8, 1953, along with a signed
baseball to Roy from Don, sold for $2,500.
Two fabulous limited edition BB guns in their original boxes with numerous
photos of Roy, Dale, Gabby and Pat sold for $3,750.
A collection of memorabilia from his shows entertaining the troops in
Vietnam sold for $938. I never knew he was there. His flight jacket sold
His set of dinner ware plates and silverware sold for $11,875. The Bible
they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.
One of several of his guitars sold for $27,500.
Nellybelle sold for $116,500.
A fabulous painting of Roy , Dale, Pat, Buttermilk, Trigger and Bullet
sold for $10,625.
One of several sets of movie posters sold for $18,750.
A black and white photograph of Gene Autry with a touching inscription
from Gene to Roy sold for $17,500.
A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people that
played in Roy 's movies sold for $11,875.
Dale's horse, Buttermilk (whose history is very interesting) sold below
the presale estimate for $25,000. (est. 30-40 K).
Bullet sold for $35,000 (est. 10-15 K). He was their real pet.
Dale's parade saddle, estimated to sell between 20-30 K, sold for
One of many pairs of Roy 's boots sold for $21,250.
Trigger sold for $266,500.
Do you remember the 1938 movie The Adventures of Robinhood, with Errol
Flynn and Olivia de Havilland? Well Olivia rode Trigger in that movie.
Trigger was bred on a farm co-owned by Bing Crosby. Roy bought Trigger on
a time payment plan for $2,500. Roy and Trigger made 188 movies together.
Trigger even outdid Bob Hope by winning an Oscar in the movie "Son of
Paleface" in 1953.
It is extremely sad to see this era lost forever. Despite the fact that
Gene and Roy 's movies, as well as those of other great characters, can be
bought or rented for viewing, today's kids would rather spend their time
playing video games. Today it takes a very special pair of parents to raise
their kids with the right values and morals. These were the great heroes of
our childhood, and they did teach us right from wrong and how to have and
show respect for each other and the animals that share this earth.
You and I were born at the right time. We were able to grow up with these
great people even if we never met them. In their own way they taught us
patriotism and honor, we learned that lying and cheating were bad, and sex
wasn't as important as love. We learned how to suffer through
disappointment and failure and work through it. Our lives were drug free.
So it's good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy, The Lone Ranger and
Tonto. Farewell to Sky King and Superman and Sgt. Friday. Thanks to Captain
Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers and Captain Noah and all those people whose lives
touched ours, and made them better.
It was a great ride through childhood.
HAPPY TRAILS MY FRIENDS