Cultural Museum Walks Enhance Older Sections of its Valleys Memories

Taking a walk on a scheduled museum field trip, 15 people recently joined Marcy Taylor on one of her museum outreach programs. Creator and curator, Marcy Taylor of the Legacy Museums has, in selected venues from Apple Valley to Victorville, drawn thousands of visitors who wish to recall the early days with B-Western films of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans.

Trigger’s return home at Spirit River is a pilgrimage for many visitors.

Along 7th Street in Victorville’s Old Town near Forrest, a small but packed room (once known as a Route 66 display room) is now another of Taylor’s outreach locations. Each site is staffed by volunteers who make time to share the aspects of early “Victor.” They eagerly tell of the days when Hollywood celebrities enjoyed the desert air and filmed in secluded arroyos.

Working from grant monies and donations, Taylor designed a notable cottage on the grounds of the historic Apple Valley Inn to house just a portion of the extensive Rogers and Evans legacy.

Vick’s Barber Shop

Beyond that site, is the return of the statue of Roy’s famous horse Trigger, always rearing at the entrance to Spirit River complex — home to Apple Valley’s Chamber of Commerce. Trigger was moved five times to different parts of the nation until efforts were made to bring him back home.

A smaller site there also know as Vick’s Barber Shop can be seen by appointment only at the entrance to the Inn.

In this field trip, members of Lucerne Valley Museum, board President Louis Kannenberg and Vice President Rusty LaGrange, met with members from Hesperia Historical Society, Barstow’s Mojave River Valley Museum, and others who came from different museum groups, learning the stories that shaped the High Desert.

A Legacy volunteer, Mark, shares stories inside the “Bob Hope” cottage at historic Apple Valley Inn

Marcy invited her tour members to see a rescue of farm equipment and horse rigging salvaged from a 1940s collector who had lived in the bottom land near Rainbow Bridge and the Mojave River. The buildings had been declared condemned but Taylor and her helpers were able to relocate them to her property just in time. She works under a nonprofit known as High Desert Community Foundation. If you wish to donate or volunteers call (760) 475-8323 or (760) 887-4096.
The Apple Valley Legacy Museum, located at the old Bob Hope Cottage No. 153 at the Historic Apple Valley Inn, is looking for reliable  volunteer docents.

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Author: Rusty LaGrange

I'm active on the Board of Directors to help keep local history alive.

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