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The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum was originally located in Victorville, California and opened in 1967. The museum moved to Branson, Missouri in 2003 and closed in 2009.



(Courtesy of George Heavener)
 Left are photos of the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum and Happy Trails Theater in Branson, Missouri, which closed on December 12, 2009. These photos were taken in June, 2004 by George Heavener and the entrance included an oversized Trigger (shown below). Note the hoss has four white socks (as did Trigger, Jr.). The original Trigger had only one white stocking on a rear leg.


(Courtesy of George Heavener)


If anyone happens to visit Branson, Missouri, could you please take a photo of the former Roy and Dale Museum and send the digital image to ye Old Corral webmaster.


There's a photo of the original Victorville, California museum location at: http://www.route66university.com/photos/postcard_27/slides/r_rogers_mus.html

The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans official website at royrogers.com is being rebuilt (when I last checked in July, 2013): http://www.royrogers.com/

May 17, 2010 press release - Autry National Center Acquires the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Archive Collection:
http://theautry.org/detail?id=335
http://www.autry.com/news/2010/rogers-evans-archive.html


In June, 2012, a variety of Roy and Dale's collection was auctioned at Brian Lebel's The Old West Auction. Included were various personal firearms and gunbelts:
http://www.denveroldwest.com/rrguncollection.html
http://www.denveroldwest.com/owimages.html


The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum sale was conducted on July 14 - 15, 2010 by High Noon and Christie's, and the auction generated about $2.9 million dollars:
http://highnoon.com/hn-rrauction.htm
http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/searchresults.aspx?intSaleID=22613


The USA Today newspaper website has an article about the July, 2010 auction, which includes a mention of Trigger being sold to cable channel RFD-TV: http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/news/2010-07-14-roy-rogers-horse_N.htm

RFD-TV purchased Trigger and Bullet, On their website, enter Roy Rogers or Trigger or whatever in the Search box to view articles: http://rfdtv.com

What happened to the Roy and Dale Museum and Happy Trails Theater building in Branson, Missouri? It became the "The Branson Exhibition Center": http://www.bransonworld.com/branson-attractions/detail/branson-exhibition-center.html

Cheryl Rogers-Barnett is the adopted daughter of Roy Rogers and his first wife, Arline. Cheryl's website is at: http://cheryl-rogers.com/

Boyd Magers has many photos of the museum at his Western Clippings website: http://www.westernclippings.com/royrogers_museum_photos.shtml

YouTube has a nice tribute to the Victorville, California Roy and Dale museum and the video was taken a day or so before the museum closed in 2003 (in preparation for the move to Branson, Missouri): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q9cghyhsLKA



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