Tuesday, October 20, 2009

RR & DE Musuem Memories

A few years ago our family got to visit the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museums. We stayed at the Roy Rogers Bunkhouse.

It was awesome, all decorated in western style with lots of Roy and Dale pictures:)

They even had Roy movies for guests to watch, great huh.
I loved the shadow and saddle in the ceiling beams.


On the way into the museum.



This is the 1923 Dodge the took the Slye Family to California in 1930, Roy was 18 at the time. Slye is his real last name by the way.

Roy's Movie six guns!!!!


The Rogers' Family Table it was made for them by George Montgomery (a western star too).







"The Sons of the Pioneers" the best western harmony group ever! And they are still going, they started in about 1936. Of course the members have changed over the years. Roy, Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan were the founding members. Clockwise started with 12 O'clock Bob Nolan (he wrote a lot of their songs, his best known being "Tumbling Tumbleweeds"), Carl Farr, Llyod Perryman, Tim Spencer (also an author of their songs), Hugh Farr and Pat Brady. Not in this picture, Ken Curtis (of Gunsmoke fame), Ken Carson and Shug Fisher and a few more over the years.



Yes Roy really did Mount (he preferred not to say stuffed) Trigger "The Smartest Horse in The Movies"

And then they had to mount everybody else, Buttermilk (Dale's buckskin), Bullet "The Wonder Dog" and even Trigger Jr. in the background.




Sandy's display was one of my favorites, he's one of the 9 Rogers' children.

As you can see by his display he was just a good ole American boy:) Loved playing war games with his brother Dusty (Roy Jr.), and eventually becoming a soldier for real.






He enlisted in the Army at the age of 17 (during Vietnam ).He died while in the Army though not from the war. He wasn't sent into combat because of disabilities, although he volunteered twice to go over.


And here is Dusty!

The museum which is owned and operated by the Rogers' family has a little show with Roy "Dusty" Rogers Jr. and The High Riders. I took this when we were there, the theatre lights are not good for photography. He sings just about as well as his father (but I still love Roy the Best), but Roy was much better at yodeling. Dusty's son Dustin now sings in the act, I haven't heard him.

One more shot from the show, the man in the hat is Gary LeMaster He was a member of "The Sons Of the Pioneers" for 20yrs. and he knew Roy.


Notice Dusty's squinty eyes just like his father, it's their Choctaw blood:) .It is sad knowing that the museum is closing, I planned on bringing my (in the future) children to the museum. But I thank the Lord for allowing me to go. It was like heaven for me, I just loved it.
Roy Rogers Jr. and the High Riders will still be singing somewhere, although the museum is closing.
Happy Trails - Marci

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

I can't believe it's true : (


Roy Rogers and Dale Evans museum is closing!!!

So here's the beginning of some reminiscing:

Lyrics to "Happy Trails" by Dale Evans Rogers

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.
Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.


Some trails are happy ones,
Others are blue.
It's the way you ride the trail that counts,
Here's a happy one for you.

Happy trails to you, until we meet again.
Happy trails to you, keep smilin' until then.
Who cares about the clouds when we're together?
Just sing a song and bring the sunny weather.

Happy trails to you, 'till we meet again.

(alternate verse)

Happy trails to you, it's great to say "hello".

And to share with you the trail we've come to know.
It started on the day that we met Jesus,
He came into our hearts and then he freed us.
For a life that's true, a happy trail to you.

Roy Rogers Riders Club Rules:

1. Be neat and clean.
2. Be courteous and polite.
3. Always obey your parents.
4. Protect the weak and help them.
5. Be brave but never take chances.
6. Study hard and learn all you can.
7. Be kind to animals and take care of them.
8. Eat all your food and never waste any.
9. Love God and go to Sunday school regularly.
10. Always respect our flag and our country.

Oh what joy! in knowing that I will meet these two dear people on heavens bright shore. Thank You Lord.

Signing Off, Marci



Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Guess What!!!



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