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Will Rogers Memorial Museum, Route 66 - Oklahoma
This extensive and comprehensive collection of art and artifactspertaining to the inspiring life of Will Rogers is thoughtfullydisplayed in a 12-gallery museum.
Set in Claremore (20 miles northeast of Tulsa), Rogers bought this site to build a retirement home on. Now these landscaped grounds contain the Museum and the tomb of Will Rogers and his family chiseled with his famous quotation:
"I never met a man I didn't like."
Will Rogers achieved legendary status during his own lifetime. Born in a rough log cabin "halfway between Claremore and Olologah before there was a town in either place" He began his career as a cowboy, but discovered he could put his amazing roping skills to better use in Wild West shows. His wife, suggested he add some humorous commentary to his lariat show, and Rogers' down-home, dry wit caught on and took him out of western shows and into vaudeville and the Ziegfield Follies.
As his fame grew, Rogers made the natural leap from vaudeville to film and then to radio. At the peak of his career he was writing, broadcasting, acting and travelling the world. Sadly he was killed in a plane crash in 1935, but before this he'd appeared in 70 Hollywood movies.
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