ORO GRANDE, Calif. – The landmark Roy Rogers Ranch, previously owned by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans, the duo that captured the hearts of a nation as two of the most popular cowboy and cowgirl entertainers of their generation, will be auctioned on July 12, 2012.
The auction includes the horse ranch with numerous equestrian facilities including stables and a half-mile horse track along with a theater, two residences and a bunkhouse. Collectible Roy Rogers’ possessions and memorabilia will also be sold separately at the auction. Bidding will open at $100,000.
Framed by picturesque mountains and located in the high desert region northeast of Los Angeles, Rogers and Evans owned and operated the property from 1965 to 1998, using the ranch primarily as a horse training and breeding facility. Today, it’s still filled with collectible possessions and memorabilia. Some of the more notable items include an authentic Wells Fargo buckboard wagon that was used in the movies, a one-man-band instrument Rogers used to entertain guests and a Decker Brother’s 1863 Baby Grand Piano.
The barn was built by Rogers himself and is currently configured for theater style seating to show movies. Many of the tools he used to build the barn are still hanging on the walls today.
“The ranch is still very much as it was when Rogers and Evans owned it with some modern day improvements made including an irrigation and livestock watering system that services 10 pastures, paddocks and various livestock facilities,” said Eric Johnson, vice president of Williams & Williams, the firm managing the auction. “It’s suitable to operate as an equestrian training facility as well as a unique Americana attraction.”
The property contains two residences: a 1,700 sq. ft. home, with three bedrooms and bathrooms and a 1,200 sq. ft. brick home (original to the ranch when Rogers and Evans purchased it) that has been converted into a museum to showcase Roy Rogers memorabilia including collectible toys, radios, furniture and “Roy Rogers Double R Bar Ranch” branded items. There is also a 1,500 sq. ft. bunkhouse which provides a large living/reception area with two carpeted bedrooms and one bath.
The property also boasts a stable with two tack rooms and 15 stalls, most of which are outfitted with watering systems, lighting and feeders. Other equestrian features include a half mile track, with an inner rail irrigation system to condition the track, 10 fenced in pastures, a four horse electrified walker and a 50-foot round pen with metal roof.
Many of the museum collectible items were owned outright by Rogers and Evans or are period collectibles branded with their ranch logo or likenesses. The original Roy Rogers and Dale Evans Museum was located in Victorville, Calif., before moving in 2003 to Branson, Mo. The museum, operated by Roy Rogers Jr. (Dusty), closed in 2009. At that time, many of the museum’s collections were acquired by the current seller and returned to the Double R Ranch.
The highlights of this collection include a green wooden boot chest that was used in the movies and A-framed print signed by Roy Rogers and Dale Evans with a sketch of Buttermilk. Other notable items include collector die-cast metal toys, many with original boxes; comic books; youth saddles stamped with Roy Rogers riding Trigger; and numerous black and white framed photos of the famous couple.
For more details about the auction of the Roy Rogers Ranch, visit Williams & Williams.