Some items saved after Hopalong Cassidy museum fire in Ohio

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) — The founder of an Ohio museum dedicated to fictional cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy says some of its memorabilia was saved from a fire, but estimates at least half of its photographs and games are damaged beyond repair.

A building housing the museum and an antique mall caught fire Saturday. No injuries were reported. A cause hasn’t been determined.

Laura Bates tells The Daily Jeffersonian ( ) in Cambridge that firefighters rescued a statue, carved figures, a bicycle and other items.

The “Hoppy Museum” honored the character created in 1904 through short stories by Clarence Mulford. Radio and television shows, movies and an amusement park followed.

Much of the museum focused on William Boyd, the Hendrysburg native who played Hopalong in movies.

Bates is searching for a new home for the memorabilia.


Information from: The Daily Jeffersonian,