Near Duck Run in Scioto County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Boyhood Home of Roy Rogers
“The King of the Cowboys”
One of the most influential icons of American popular culture in the mid-20th century, Roy Rogers was born Leonard Franklin Sly on November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati. He moved to this farm at age 8 from Portsmouth and lived here with his family until the Great Depression. He went to California in 1930, working as a truck driver, fruit picker, and country musician before signing a movie contract with Republic Pictures in 1937. Immediately popular, the clean-cut singing cowboy appeared in more than 100 western films, often making six or more movies a year during the 1940s. With his nearly equally-famous horse Trigger and his wife and partner Dale Evans - "the Queen of the West" - he subsequently starred in more than 100 television episodes of the family-oriented Roy Rogers Show from 1951 to 1957. A perennial hero and "good guy," Rogers personified the mythical American cowboy who always fought fairly and lived by a strong moral code. He died in California on July 6, 1998.
Erected 2000 by Ohio Bicentennial Commission, The Longaberger Company, The Roy Rogers/Dale Evans Collectors Association, and The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 4-73.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. Click for map. Marker is about 750 feet north of intersection with Mowhawk Drive (County Road 524), about four miles west of Lucasville. Marker is in this post office area: Lucasville OH 45648, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Boyhood Home of Wesley Branch Rickey (approx. 2.6 miles away); Lock 48 (approx. 3.6 miles away); Lucasville Cemetery / Captain John Lucas Founder of Lucasville (approx. 3.7 miles away); Scioto County KIA-MIA Memorial (approx. 10.5 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 10.6 miles away); Portsmouth Foundry & Machine Works (approx. 10.7 miles away); Bigelow Church (approx. 10.7 miles away); Eli Kinney House (approx. 10.8 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Roy Rogers Biography. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Roy Rogers Official Site. (Submitted on December 11, 2009, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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