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The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum
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Was Visited by the Traveling Webmaster on 4 July 2007.
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Web Address : Yes : Click Here to Visit
Category : Entertainment / Movie-Related
Location : City : Branson State : Missouri
When : 04 07 2007
Reason to Visit : The museum, is dedicated to the life of the former Leonard Slye or as he is better known, Roy Rogers the "King of the Cowboys".
Born Leonard Slye in Cincinnati in 1911, Roy dropped out of high school and left for California in 1929. After making a living as a truck driver, he learned to sing and play guitar and formed "The Sons of the Pioneers". He sneaked into the lot of Republic Pictures and luckily was hired as a singing cowboy for $75 a week. And the rest they say is history.
On July 6, 1998, Cincinnati native Roy Rogers - the popular entertainer known as the "King of the Cowboys" - died at age 86.
The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum, once located along historic Route 66 in the town of Victorville, California was moved to Branson, Missouri shortly after Dales death in 2001.
Dale Evans, who was "Queen of the Cowgirls" to "King of the Cowboys" husband Roy Rogers, died February 8, 2001. She was 88.
The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum is a trip down memory lane for anyone who grew up in the 40's and 50's. Most who grew up during that era consider Roy Rogers & Dale Evans a part of the best of America. Roy Rogers was the clean-living, guitar-strumming
"King of the Cowboys" who galloped into America's heart riding
Trigger across movie and TV screen.
The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum isn't a typical museum, it's personal. The things that Roy & Dale have done, and their kids and and Trigger. Trigger is here, as well as thousands of bits of memorabilia from the lives of Roy and Dale. Trigger died in 1965 but can be seen stuffed and mounted at the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum.
The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum & Happy Trails Theater is located on Green Mountain Dr., just off the 76 Music Hwy. right behind Yakov Smirnoff's theater and across from the new Celebration City amusement park.
The address is:
3950 Green Mountain Dr., Branson, MO. 65616
For Recorded Message (hours, prices, directions, etc.)
The Happy Trails Gift Shop
Hours of Operation:
Open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
The Museum is closed for the following holidays:
Close at 3:00PM Christmas Eve
Close at 3:00PM New Years Eve
Submitted By : The Traveling Webmaster added The Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum as I had intended to visit all along.
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Ray Plumlee's Rating : 5 Stars out of 5.
When Visited : 4 July 2007
Ray Plumlee's Comments :
I have wanted to go to the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum for many years. Long before it came to Branson. I only missed it by a few years when I began this journey. I spent a week at the Calico Ghost Town RV Park which is very near Victorville, California where the museum was originally located. I understand that Dusty arranged for it to be moved here to Branson because it's location in Victorville was a little too remote and the Museum was not able to be ran successfully.
Well as best as I can tell it is thriving well here in Branson. I don't know what the museum was like in Victorville, but it is a really nice facility here. If you were like me and raised on a steady diet of the "good guy's always wear white hats" then you will enjoy The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum.
The museum is loaded with many photos and mementos of the Rogers family. When I say family I do mean family. A large family! Roy and Dale either bore or adopted 9 children. Some of the exhibits is about the family but by far the exhibits are of Roy and Dale.
Some of the exhibit highlights for me were the stuffed remains of Trigger, Trigger Jr., Buttermilk and "Bullet The Wonder Dog" and of course "Nellybelle" which was not stuffed :). One of my earliest memories of Television shows was that of the Roy Rogers Show with Pat Brady and his jeep "Nellybelle."
I could go on about all the different exhibits such as Roy and Dale's show clothes, their guns and holsters, boot collection, etc. Or the merchandise that was created and sold with Roy and Dale on them such as lunch boxes, candy, cereal, games, you name it. But if I did that there would be no reason for you to go see for yourself.
I spent about two hours walking leisurely through the museum then it was time for the show. The Live Show is twice daily.
The Show is held in the Happy Trails Theater and is a tribute to not only Roy and Dale but to cowboys and their music. The star is of course Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. with the able accompaniment of The High-Riders with the comedy sidekick played by Red Knickers.
The show lasted about two hours and is well worth the price of admission. So if you do make it to Branson you need to put The Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum on your To-Do list.
My Truck In Front Of The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
Example Area Of The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
This Is Where The Stuffed Figure Of Trigger Is Kept At The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
This Is Me In Front Of Nellybelle at The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
This Is The Live Show Starring Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr At The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
Here Is A Picture Of Me With Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr At The Roy Rogers Museum In Branson, Missouri
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