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Jim Rogers, philanthropist, education advocate and owner of KSNV-TV, the NBC television affiliate for Southern Nevada, died Saturday evening at his Las Vegas home Saturday night following a lengthy battle with cancer. A 1956 graduate of Las Vegas High School, Rogers earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and a law degree, both from the University of Arizona. He also earned a master of law degree from the University of Southern California. In addition to KSNV, Rogers owned several other television stations in the West. Through Rogers’ interest in Western and cowboy movie history he discovered the California town of Lone Pine, which has been used as a venue for movies since the era of Hollywood silent filmmaking. Rogers created and financed “The Beverly and Jim Rogers Lone Pine Film History Museum” that celebrates and preserves the diverse movie history of Lone Pine, Death Valley and the Eastern Sierra where hundreds of films have been shot. Many of the museum displays and memorabilia were found and contributed by Rogers. Rogers also collected more than 300 automobiles, many of which are antiques. All the cars are fully restored and most are functional. His collection celebrates American-made automobiles with a few foreign cars favored by U.S. collectors. Rogers is survived by wife Beverly and three children. You can find more details about his life at the links below.

Remembering Jim Rogers
Multiple Videos Chronicling Jim's Career


Las Vegas Sun 

Las Vegas Review Journal

The Republic

Jim's Celebration of life was Saturday, in Las Vegas. The tribute was broadcast live on Jim's NBC Station, KSNV and simultaneously streamed over the Internet. The program is below, you can click on it to view. Also noted below is the Boards thoughts on Jim's contributions to Lone Pine.


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!


Contact Info

The Museum of Western Film History
701 S. Main Street
Lone Pine, CA 93545