Red Ryder rides again

Red Ryder rides again

Museum an homage to cartoonist Fred Harman Jr.
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Fred Harman III sits in his father Fred Harman Jr.’s studio at the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. Despite his national fame from the Red Ryder comic strip, the cartoonist remained in his hometown.
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The very first Red Ryder cartoon is framed in the Fred Harman Gallery.
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A bust of Fred Harman Jr. is next to a painting of him at the Fred Harman Gallery.
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Below the Red Ryder BB pistol, is the very first Red Ryder BB gun with another BB gun that was presented to Fred Harman Jr.
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Jerry Mead of Fort Collins poses with Fred Harman III, son of late cartoonist Fred Harman Jr., after buying a Red Ryder BB gun at the gallery in Pagosa Springs. “This is just great. I always wanted one,” Mead said.
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As funds become available, Fred Harman III hopes to add more buildings to the village behind the gallery.
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A Red Ryder gun safety guide. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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This the first painting of Red Ryder and Little Beaver by Fred Harman II that is in the gallery. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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A bust of Fred Harman II is next to a painting of him at the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman III sits in his father Fred Harman’s studio at the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman II would sit at this desk where he drew his comic strip. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Windows of the old famliy cabin at the Fred Harman gallery. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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The very first Red Ryder cartoon is framed in the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Flyers of Fred Harman II describe his life and art at the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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This painting, Yei Be Chai, that Fred Harman II painted from memory was a Navajo healing ceremony that he and his son Fred were invited to. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Jerry Mead of Fort Collins, posses with Fred Harman III after buying a Ted Ryder BB gun at the Fred Harman II Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. “This is just great, I always wanted one.” said Jerry Mead. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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A red Ryder toy pistol. Jerry McBride?Durango Herald
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Red Ryder BB guns are available at the Fred Harman II gallery and for a small fee you can get Fred Harman III to autograph it. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman III sits in the chair that his father painted in. Jerry McBriDE/Durango Herald
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Ink pens used by Fred Harman II that he used to draw his comic strip sits next to his drawing table in the gallery. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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As funds become available the Fred Harman II Gallery hopes to add more buildings to to the village behind the gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Below the Red Ryder BB pistol is the very first Red Ryder BB gun with another BB gun that was presented to Fred Harman II at the Fred Harman II Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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The very first Red Ryder cartoon is framed in the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman III sits in his father Fred Harman’s studio at the Fred Harman Gallery on the west side of Pagosa Springs. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman III stands outside of the cabin he was raised in that is now at the Fred Harman II gallery. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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An oil painting by Fred Harman II shows a cowboy and his horse encountering a nest of bees at the gallery. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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Fred Harman III walks through a portion of the gallery that displays his father’s paintings.
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An autographed picture of the cast of Gunsmoke given to Fred Harman II hangs on the wall of the gallery along with numerous other pictures of famous people. JERRY McBRIDE/Durango Herald
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