How Much Would You Pay for Trigger — Stuffed, Of Course

This post is for my friend Art, with whom I share a love of shrimp perloo, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, and progressive politics. Thanks for the article on which the post below is based.


As a kid I was enamored of all things cowboy: Roy Rodgers and Dale Evans, Hopalong Cassidy, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger and Tonto. I had a holster set with matching six guns, which I wore everyplace but to school and church. I had a double barreled rifle — toy, of course, but it looked pretty real.

I watched the Roy Rogers and Dale Evans show regularly between 1951 and 1957, when it went off the air. In 1953, Dale Evans published Angel Unaware,  a short book about the death of their 2 year old daughter Robin, who suffered from Down syndrome. I was eight; my infant sister Barbara had died in 1950. I think I was looking for someone to make sense of it, as my parents rarely talked about Barbara once she was gone. Here was Dale Evans, writing a whole book about her lost child.

I never cared much about Roy Rogers restaurants, because I don’t often eat that kind of food. But the Roy Rogers Museum in Branson, Missouri, is filled with all the things I remember from the show.

The museum has just closed, a victim of belonging to an earlier era. I know Roy and Dale; I doubt my kids do, much less my grandkids. Rogers evidently told his son that at the point the museum began losing money, it should be closed and the contents sold.

You could have had Trigger, stuffed, for $266,500.00.

Happy trails to you too.

6 thoughts on “How Much Would You Pay for Trigger — Stuffed, Of Course

  1. I reminded Art to check your blog this morning. And shrimp perloo….we haven’t made it for a while.
    Coming up on a year since our “Thelma and Louise” trip!

  2. I watched Roy and Dale as well as Gene Autry. We had 45s (records) of Gene Autry singing ‘Happy Trails to You’. Times change. Trigger should be in the Smithsonian; he’s a part of America’s cultural history.

  3. for Phyllis: As I’ve said many times, one of the best trips of my life — because of the destination, and the company. 🙂

  4. for Katie: I would love to have seen Trigger in the Smithsonian, but I think he went to a collector. I can still recall the words to Happy Trails to You.

  5. Happy trails to you, until we meet again
    Happy trails to you, keep smiling until then….that’s all I remember!

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