From West to East Across America: In Quest of William Boyd/Hopalong Cassidy

Los Angeles, California

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The star of William Boyd/Hopalong Cassidy on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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The grave of Topper, Hoppy’s beautiful white horse, in the Los Angeles Pet Cemetery.

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The grave of Andy Clyde, Hoppy’s loveable sidekick, California Carlson, at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

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The Colburn School designed by architects Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates (opposite the Walt Disney Concert Hall designed by architect Frank Gehry; makes a nice contrast).

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The Getty Museum designed by architect Richard Meier.

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The Marriott Hotel near Los Angeles airport — who designed this building? It looks quite John Portman-ish to me, but I don’t think he designed it.

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The quirky Museum of Jurassic Technology at Culver City — a modern-day cabinet of curiosities. David Wilson is a genius.

Laramie, Wyoming

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The Gothic, mountain-like, American Heritage Center designed by architect Antoine Predock.

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Playing cowboy with Hoppy’s pearl-handle six-shooters at the American Heritage Center.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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The McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota — a giant carbuncle on a big brown box — designed by architect Antoine Predock.

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The Regis Art Center, University of Minnesota, designed by local architects MSR — a very impressive example of corbelling.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

The Weisman Museum of Art, University of Minnesota, designed by architect Frank Gehry. (Did he forget that it snows in Minneapolis when he designed that canopy?)

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The surprising rear of the Weisman Art Center — not just a brick box.

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Stripped noticeboard, University of Minnesota — accidental collage.

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Newspaper cartoon showing the actor William Gillette in the play, Sherlock Holmes, from Gillette’s own scrapbook, which is part of the Sherlock Holmes collection at the University of Minnesota.

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The Guthrie Theater designed by architect Jean Nouvel. It’s all about the views.

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The fabulous Metrodome Transit Station designed by local artist (and old buddy) Andrew Leicester.

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Andrew’s cute French bulldog, Buster.

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The quirky gas station in Cloquet, Minnesota, designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

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Driving down to Stockholm, Wisconsin, to sample pie with buddy Craig Hinrichs.

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Delicious cherry and berry pie from the Stockholm Pie Company.

Columbus, Ohio

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The Wexner Center for the Arts, Ohio State University, designed by architect Peter Eisenman.

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With Laura Bates, Hoppy’s number one fan, at the Hopalong Cassidy Museum, Cambridge, Ohio. It was a cold day!

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Hopalong Cassidy mural (detail), Cambridge, Ohio, painted by local artist Sue Dodd.

Washington D.C.

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The Summerhouse (a.k.a. the Grotto) designed by landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted.

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Bricks from the brick collection at the National Building Museum.

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National Gallery of Art designed by architect I.M. Pei. Impressive spaces, but a “user-unfriendly” building.

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An escalator in the Washington D.C. Metro — like a scene from 1984.

Rochester, New York

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The First Unitarian Church of Rochester designed by architect Louis Kahn. I think these Unitarians may be onto something!