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A Guide to the Best of Southern California : GOING PLACES : Happy Trails to You

FIRST OFF, Trigger is not stuffed. The beloved horse, ridden by Roy Rogers in every film and TV show he made, is mounted , along with Buttermilk (Dale’s horse), Trigger Jr. and Lassie’s rival, Bullet, in Victorville at the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum. The Rogerses’ white convertible also has found a resting place at the 33,000-square-foot authentic replica of a frontier fort. Roy and Dale decided to settle in adjacent Apple Valley, far removed from Tinsel Town, 25 years ago.

Thousands of photographs, awards and trophies paying tribute to the cowboy couple’s timeless popularity are on display, as well as Roy’s Rose Parade saddle and fancy show wardrobe, his mother’s doll collection and Native American clothing and artifacts. And soon a video monitor will present short Roy Rogers clips--from Roy’s earliest filmed appearances to home movies. Admission is $1 to $3.

Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, 15650 Seneca Road, off Interstate 15, Victorville; (619) 243-4547.


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