State Representative Terry Johnson (R-McDermott) today announced that the Ohio House has passed legislation to name a portion of highway in Scioto County after legendary singer and actor Roy Rogers.

House Bill 311, the original legislation Johnson sponsored, was incorporated into Senate Bill 134, an omnibus bill that designates multiple memorial highways and establishes a number of specialty license plates. Under the bill, part of State Route 348 between the intersections of State Route 104 and State Route 73 will be known as the “Roy Rogers Happy Trails Highway.”

Born Leonard Franklin Slye on November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati, Rogers spent much of his early life in Portsmouth and Lucasville. He went on to become one of the most popular Western stars of his generation, appearing in more than a hundred films, as well as several radio and television shows.

“I am pleased by the Ohio Legislature’s action today in passing an omnibus bill that included the Happy Trails Highway,” said Johnson. “In addition to the long-running annual Roy Rogers Festival and the newly initiated Roy Rogers Character Awards, this highway designation will do even more to lift up and recognize this exceptional Ohioan and the wholesome body of work he contributed on the stage, the silver screen, and TV.”

“Happy Trails” is in reference to a 1952 song by Dale Evans that was the theme song of the 1950s television show starring Rogers and Evans.

Senate Bill 134 now heads to the Governor for his consideration. 

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