When I was about 4 years old, we didn’t have TV. Instead, I had a little 45 rpm record player and a case full of kid records. I would sit for hours and listen to tunes like Horace the Horse, The Big Rock Candy Mountain, Tawny Scrawny Lion, Puff and Toot and The Saggy Baggy Elephant…..just to name a few. But BY FAR, my most listened to record was the one about ANNIE OAKLEY – she quickly became my hero and still is to this day. I grew up wanting to be just like her!
So, while my sister Marj and I were nosing around some antique shops, we came upon one called Cowboy Antiques in Whitefish, Montana. This certainly intrigue us both, so in we went. I have to tell you, this was more of a museum than an antique shop!
I have never seen such a collection of western memorabilia for sale – and all high quality stuff…..from guns and knives to clothing to furniture and on and on. The owner was the real deal as well. He told me he was known as Santa Cowboy and he had a history lesson to tell behind every item in the store.
Well, I was very interested but then I came across the jewel in the whole bunch. There in a glass case was one of the guns owned, used and held by my ANNIE OAKLEY!!!! I asked if I could hold it and he promptly replied with a firm “no”! (I don’t understand, could it have been the $175,000 price tag on the gun?!) So I next asked if I could touch it and he did allow that! I was giddy with excitement!!! So here I am, folks….touching Annie’s gun!
An UNBELIEVABLE highlight of our trip!!
I didn’t want to press my luck by taking too many pictures, but here are a few….