“King of the Cowboys'” museum to close

6 Oct

It’s time to bid happy trails to the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum in Branson. An Associated Press story today said the museum dedicated to all things ‘singing cowboy’ will close down in December.

A Trigger look-alike stands watch over the ill-fated attraction in Branson.

A Trigger look-alike stands watch over the ill-fated attraction in Branson.

The story didn’t specify a date. Roy Rogers Jr. said he will look for another Branson-area location to continue live shows, but no further details were given. The museum’s artifacts and memorabilia will be sold. Poor Trigger. Noting “declining attendance” and an “uncertain economy,” the non-profit that runs the museum made the decision to close the operation which opened in California in 1967. It operated in Branson for six years. (Photo curtesy World-Guides.com)

 Lee Ann Sontheimer Murphy, a joplinglobe.com user posted this comment to the AP story soon after I posted it: Sad news for Roy Rogers fans! My daughter, now 13, loves the King of the Cowboys and we went through the museum several years ago. It was wonderful, great for kids with a big play area and hands on fun. It was one of the more worthwhile, family friendly venues in Branson which grows farther away from its’ simple, country roots each year.”

 Another comment said it simply: “Happy trails…to you, until we meet again …” signed, Big Easy

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One Response to ““King of the Cowboys'” museum to close”

  1. CoinOpRides October 15, 2009 at 2:29 pm #

    This is a shame. I am still holding onto my Coin Operated Trigger Ride.

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