Cowboy Star Museums

Celebrity Q&A
on September 19, 2004

I am requesting information about museums of cowboy stars such as Roy Rogers, James Arness and John Wayne.

—Dee M., Florida

The Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum moved from Victorville, Calif., to Branson, Mo. (pop. 6,050), in 2003. Rogers’ horse Trigger, mounted so that he is rearing up on his hind legs, remains one of the most popular exhibits in the museum honoring the King of the Cowboys and Evans, his wife and co-star. The four-room home in Winterset, Iowa (pop. 4,758), where John Wayne was born has been restored to reflect its appearance in 1907, the year Wayne was born as Marion Morrison. Visitors can view movie memorabilia such as the eye patch the Duke wore in the movie True Grit. There is no James Arness museum, according to his publicist, Trina Kaye. However, visitors to the Museum of the American West in Los Angeles can view an original painting of Arness as Marshal Matt Dillon or buy a personalized copy of his autobiography.

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