Saturday, August 27, 2016

Cambridge, Ohio: Hopalong Cassidy's Boyhood Home

If you like old Westerns, you probably know plenty about Hopalong Cassidy. Hopalong was a fictional character who was on the dangerous side. But an actor named William Boyd came along, and he became a Hopalong Cassidy who was a friend to all. That combination worked for more than 60 movies.

Everyone has to be from somewhere, and Boyd grew up in Cambridge, Ohio, which is east of Columbus near the intersection of Interstates 70 and 77. This is the side of the building that served as Boyd's home until he was 14 and moved West. You can see a little white sign on the right marking the house, with the mural of Hopalong next to it.

There is a museum for Cassidy in town. It's in the back of an antique mall, but it's rather difficult to tell on the website just how open the museum is. The annual festival has come to an end, and the antique store is only open once in a while. So after looking at the evidence, we didn't bother stopping. We just jumped out of the car and took a quick picture.

Fans of Hopalong will be happy to get this close, at least. And a video remains of what the museum looks like:

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