Vol MMXIII, No 184
July 3, 1965
Famed horse Trigger dies at 33
Roy Rogers and Trigger
HOLLYWOOD CA (1965)
On this date in 1965, Roy Rogers beautiful palamino horse, "The Smartest Horse in the West" died at Roy's Hidden Valley Ranch in California. Trigger was 33.
Trigger started life as "Golden Cloud" and first appeared in 1938 in the feature film "The Adventures of Robin Hood" ridden by Olivia de Havilland. When Columbia was preparing the film "Under Western Stars" their own star, Gene Autry, failed to show up. So the lead roll went to Roy Rogers.
Roy had appeared in several movies in the 1930s. Before the filming began on "Under Western Stars", Hudkins Stables brought in their best lead horses. Golden Cloud was the third horse Roy saw, and he immediately took to it. Roy's sidekick, Smiley Burnette commented how quick on the trigger the horse was. Roy agreed, and decided that Trigger would be a perfect name for the horse. Roy bought Golden Cloud for $2,500, renamed him.
In all of Roy and Trigger's 80 films and 100 television episodes, Trigger never once fell. In fact, he was a natural, and knew when he had done things right. Trigger became so popular that he had his own fan club with members from all over the world.
Following Triggers death in 1965, Roy did not want to bury the horse, so instead, he had the horse mounted by Bishoff's Taxidermy and placed on display at the Roy Rogers Museum.
Folk Saint, Healer dies at Falfurrias
On this date in 1907, Pedro Jaramillo died. Jaramillo became a "curandero" or healer, when as a young man he had a vision that God had given him special healing powers.
Without any medical training, Jaramillo received many people for healing, who otherwise would have to travel over 50 miles to the nearest doctor. Donations were used for food for his "patients" with any surplus donated to local churches.
His grave in Falfurrias has since become a shrine still visited by those seeking healing.
Natural Bridge Caverns opens near New Braunfels
On this date in 1964, Natural Bridge Caverns between San Antonio and New Braunfels, was opened to the public.