Tip your hat to “America’s Favorite Cowboy” at the National Museum of Funeral History

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Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Funeral History

Revisit and explore the memory of “America’s Favorite Cowboy,” Roy Rogers, at a special exhibit on display at the National Museum of Funeral History through New Year’s Eve, Monday, December 31, 2018.

One of the most popular Western stars of his era, Roy Rogers was a renowned singing star of radio, television, and film from the 1930s and beyond.

Also known as the “King of the Cowboys,” he appeared in more than 100 films and numerous radio and television episodes of The Roy Rogers Show. In many of his films and television episodes, he appeared with his wife Dale Evans, his golden palomino Trigger, and his German shepherd dog Bullet. He passed away on July 6, 1998 at the age of 86.

“Texas is known for its cowboys and I find nothing more fitting than paying a tribute to Roy Rogers on the 20th anniversary of his death,” said Genevieve Keeney, president of the National Museum of Funeral History.

The exhibit is perfect for anyone with a love of all things Western, including its history, music, movies, television shows, and cowboys like Rogers.

Highlights of A Tribute to Roy Rogers

The showpiece of the special exhibit is the 1963 Pontiac Bonneville convertible, the ultimate statement of cowboy chic, that was once owned by Roy Rogers.

Nudie Cohn designed this “you have to see it to believe it” automobile and gave the car to Roy Rogers as a token of their friendship.

The interior of Roy’s Bonneville is lined with hand-tooled leather. The top of the dash is encrusted with silver dollars. Cohn placed a saddle between the bucket seats, decorated with rhinestones and more silver dollars on the black leather around the saddle seat.

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Roy’s Bonneville | Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Funeral History

Cohn, known as “Nudie the Rodeo Tailor,” designed and made fabulous embroidered western wear for TV and motion picture personalities.

Roy Rogers’ personal Nudie-made outfit is also featured in the exhibit along with a memorial folder from his funeral and other personal memorabilia.

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Photo courtesy of the National Museum of Funeral History

About the National Museum of Funeral History

The National Museum of Funeral History houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. Visitors can discover the mourning rituals of ancient civilizations, see up-close the authentic items used in the funerals of U.S. presidents and of popes, and explore the rich heritage of the industry that cares for the dead.

A Tribute to Roy Rogers at the National Museum of Funeral History

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