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Roping In Will Roger’s Legacy

“The barn that jokes built” was Rogers’ favorite attraction on a ranch his wife called the “joy of his life.” (Perry C. Riddle / LAT)
Will Rogers put his stamp on every inch of the ranch, the last place the entertainer called home. ()
Discussing the restoration are, from left, Betty Rogers Brandin, a granddaughter of Rogers; Taylor Louden, historical architect; Rochelle Nicholas-Booth, museum curator at the park; and Jennifer Rogers-Etcheverry, a great-granddaughter of Will. (Perry C. Riddle / LAT)
Brandin, Nicholas-Booth and Rogers-Etcheverry stroll outside the horse barn. The humorist’s widow deeded the ranch to the state on condition it be maintained as a memorial. (Perry C. Riddle / LAT)