Hopalong Cassidy museum destroyed by fire

Pinback advertising the Hopalong Cassidy comic strip in a daily newspaper. Image courtesy of American Antique Auctions

Pinback advertising the Hopalong Cassidy comic strip in a daily newspaper. Image courtesy of American Antique Auctions

 

CAMBRIDGE, Ohio (AP) – A museum dedicated to fictional cowboy hero Hopalong Cassidy has burned in Ohio.

A building housing the museum and Scott’s Antique Mall caught fire around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.

WBNS-TV in Columbus reports firefighters from four departments responded. Losses were expected to be major. No injuries were reported.

The “Hoppy Museum” paid tribute to the cowboy character created in 1904 through the short stories of author Clarence Mulford. Radio and television shows, movies, even an amusement park followed.

Much of the museum’s focus was on actor William Boyd, a native of Hendrysburg, Ohio, who played Hopalong in the movies.

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