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Roy Rogers Museum to close doors

October 9, 2009


Roy Rogers and his famous palomino, Trigger.


Dale Evans and Buttermilk.

A Missouri museum dedicated to the singing cowboy Roy Rogers is to close its doors after 42 years.

Rogers and his horse, Trigger, were household names in the United States during their heyday in the 1950s.

Rogers and his cowgril wife of 51 years, Dale Evans, hosted a highly successful TV show in the US from 1951 to 1957.

His son, Roy Rogers Jr, in announcing the closure of the Roy Rogers - Dale Evans Museum at the end of this year, thanked all those who had kept the family's museum going for more than 42 years.

"It has been a wonderful ride. After millions of visitors and countless stories of what Roy and Dale have meant to you, the Board of Directors have voted to close our doors of the Museum at the end of 2009.

"This has not been an easy decision," he said.

"The decision to close the museum has come after two years of steady decline in visitors to the museum.

"A lot of factors have made our decision for us. The economy for one. People are just not traveling as much. Dad's fans are getting older, and concerned about their retirement funds.

"Everyone is concerned about their future in this present economy. Secondly, with our high fiscal obligations we cannot continue to accumulate debt to keep the doors open.

"This situation is one I have not wanted to happen. Dad always said, 'If the museum starts costing you money, then liquidate everything and move on'.

"Myself and my family have tried to hold together the museum and collection for over 15 years, so it is very difficult to think that it will all be gone soon."

Rogers said his company, Golden Stallion, and its show tribute to his father and Evans will continue.

"I plan on taking the show to another venue in Branson. We are looking for space now. The show will also be available to travel around the country and take the message of Roy and Dale wherever we travel.

"I feel that this country needs the message that Roy and Dale always put forth, not only in their professional lives, but in their private lives as well."

The museum's last day will be December 12.

"Remember, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans will live forever in our hearts and minds, and will continue to ride across the silver screen through their movies.

"Every time you think of Roy and Dale, that warm feeling you have always felt, will always return."

 

 

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