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post #1 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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They sold trigger--roy rogers museum closes

This was sent to me in an email. Sad to see this era end. Sorry the pics aren't included. They wouldn't open for me in the email either.

Sent only to those who remember the days of black and white TV, no AC especially in the car, Sky King, niece Penny, a mild mannered reporter from a great metropolitan newspaper, Sgt. Preston, the Saturday morning serials' brought to you by Ovaltine, Raja the Indian Boy and Winky Dink and Me. If you can associate with any and or all of the above, call Medicare immediately, and you will find a fond attachment to the trip down memory lane below...

Here's a trip down memory lane for you



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.

Note the follow-on article truly the end of an era.
Here is a partial listing of some of the items that were sold at auction...

Roy 's 1964 Bonneville sold for $254,500, it was estimated to

Sell between 100 and 150 thousand dollars. <image0022.jpg>

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 Trigger).

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.

<image0044.jpg>Roy's first Boots

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. <image0055.jpg>

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 for $7,500.


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 $104,500.

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 out did 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 Capt.. Kangaroo,
Mr. Rogers and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.


It was a great ride through childhood.



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post #2 of 43 Old 07-31-2012, 08:42 AM
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Yes that is sad. I can be happy though because I have an offspring, a great, great, (not sure how many) granddaughter to Trigger Jr.
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Roy and Dale are some of my earliest childhood memories.

I never missed and episode.

It seems, my hero's have always been cowboys.

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Wait, Trigger is still alive?
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That really makes me sad. I hope whoever bought the horses and the dog takes care of them. I wonder if it was a museum that bought them?

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Era's pass, times change, but the true values of life are still basic. These memories brought some big prices, so hopefully there will still be some displays of these icons of our past.
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How sad. I remember watching many films/shows with my grandfather, that & Bonanza. Very fond childhood memories.

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Wait, Trigger is still alive?
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No. He was mounted/stuffed by a taxidermist as was Dale's horse Buttermilk & their pet dog, Bullet.

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Originally Posted by DancingArabian View Post
Wait, Trigger is still alive?
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I am so sad this had to happen I remember watching Roy Rogers and Trigger
when I was a little girl

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Who bought Trigger?? This is a must-know question .......

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