In the mid-1990s Jim Rogers trailed into Lone Pine, California, the small Eastern Sierra community that annually celebrates Hollywood’s long-standing love affair with the unique landscape of the Alabama Hills. Jim loved the heroes and heroines of classic Hollywood and so it was a natural thing for him to embrace the community and their efforts to celebrate Western heroes like Tom Mix, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gene Autry and John Wayne, to name a few.
The community leaders had a dream – a dream to build a museum that would pay tribute to many legends of the silver screen, providing for exhibits and archives that would forever tell the story of good versus bad; of white hat over black; of a creed that tells us be good, be honest and be fair because truth alone lives on forever.
Beverly and Jim Rogers provided support and resources to help the community bring these dreams to reality. He funded administrative and legal support and when the community delivered on its promise of acquiring land Jim immediately put his resources in place to build the structure. Since 2006, the Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum has represented the fulfillment of the dreams of a community and stands as a testimony to Jim Rogers’ generosity. And true to Jim’s own passion, he endowed the Museum with his personal treasures and collectibles including saddles, costumes, cars, posters and memorabilia that have become the foundation of the Museum’s exhibits.
Dreams fulfilled…thanks, Jim Rogers…but your greatest tribute will remain the memories that you provide for countless visitors to the Museum. Grandfathers sharing with their sons and grandsons memories of Saturday matinee B Westerns recognize their favorite Cowboy’s poster, a watch from a cereal carton, a comic book, a bicycle, a badge or one of thousands of other collectibles marketed during their youth. It’s touching to see them reminisce. Their eyes become dreamy and old memories become clear as they tell of their long forgotten childhood.
Thanks, Jim for helping dreams come true and ensuring memories are forever. Happy Trails!