Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy Trails End!

I am back from spending a fantastic time with my family for the holidays. I hope you all have had a wonderful Christmas. I want to wish everyone the Happiest of New Years. And now let's get back to bloggin' shall we!

The following 1960's postcards are from the Roy Rogers Apple Valley Museum. Courtesy of actionlog on Flickr.

Apple Valley was home to Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, whose museum was first established in Apple Valley (in 1967) before the museum was relocated to Victorville in 1976 (I miss this place).

Since 2003, the museum has been in Branson, Missouri. The move was made in hopes of reaching more fans, however, the museum closed for financial reasons on December 12, 2009. The text that follows is a statement, in part, made by Roy Rogers Jr.:

You, the fans, and our Board of Directors, are the ones who have kept our family's museum going for over 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.

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.

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.

I leave you all with Dad's favorite saying- Good bye, Good luck, and may the good Lord take a likin' to ya!

Happy Trails.
Roy Rogers Jr.

LINK: Roy Rogers Museum Website


Major Pepperidge said...

I actually thought that this museum had been closed for a while, but obviously I was mistaken. Very sad to see it go...

Viewliner Ltd. said...

The Apple Valley museum on the postcard has been closed for a long time and also the newer museum in Victorville closed when they moved everything to Branson.

Happy New Year, Major.

Gunnar and Sherry said...

Sorry we never made it there!

ryan said...

Awesome post Richard! And also sad :(

What a meaningful and wonderful way to put these postcard images to use.