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Sierra Sid's purchased these items from the estate of Presley's dad, Vernon. It's now on display among the slot machines. And if you're looking for a bunch of middle-aged guys with an uncanny resemblance to the King, you're sure to hit the jackpot.

Cooter's General Lee -- "Dukes of Hazzard" star Ben Jones held onto that souped-up orange Dodge known as the General Lee, and he's gassed it up several times over the years when he's run for Congress, once describing himself as "a NASCAR Democrat."

Jones is the founder of Tennessee's Couter's Place Museum in Gatlinburg, where the General Lee is now a featured attraction, still sporting its trademark Confederate flag.

Burt Reynolds Canoe -- Burt Reynolds' hellish vacation in "Deliverance" never ends in Jupiter, Fla., where his canoe, destroyed in the movie, has been patched together and put on display. It's at the Burt Reynolds Museum, of course, where you'll also find Burt's Trans Am from "Smokey and the Bandit" and his football helmet from "The Longest Yard."

Burt's career might've hit some rough spots, but in the mid-1970s, he was the No. 1 box office draw for five years, and his legions of fans have sustained the attraction since 1989. At one point, Burt even founded an acting school there -- the Burt Reynolds Institute of Theater Training -- perhaps in hopes of discovering the next "Stroker Ace."

Roy Rogers' Horse -- The Burt Reynolds Museum happens to own Roy Rogers' $2,500 bill of sale for Trigger. But if you want to see what's left of "the smartest horse in the West," go to Brandon, Mo., home of the Roy Rogers-Dale Evans Museum, where Rogers' golden palomino is stuffed and on display. Other cowboy curiosities can be found in the museum's popular "family attic."

Humphrey Bogart's African Queen -- The riverboat that Bogey sails through the jungle while bickering with Katherine Hepburn found a home in south Florida that's also the namesake of another Bogey classic -- Key Largo. The boat, built in 1912, was used mainly off the coast of Uganda until Hollywood borrowed it in 1950. Then, it went back into service for another 17 years.

In 1968, the steamship was auctioned off and brought to San Francisco. Bogey fans wanted it to be brought to Key Largo, but federal maritime law under the Jones Act made it illegal to move the outdated vessel. Finally, congressional lawmakers had to make a special exception, and now the boat is docked near a Holiday Inn.

Kevin Costner's Field of Dreams -- "If you build it, they will come," an unseen voice tells Kevin Costner in 1989's "Field of Dreams," and 17 years after he cut a baseball diamond in a cornfield fathers and sons are still coming to Dyersville, Iowa, to play catch.

Owner Don Lansing has resisted temptation to commercialize the field where 20,000 people visit each year and sign the guest registry, making it one of the state's top tourist attractions.

Admission is free, and a few token souvenirs are for sale. The field is mowed, manicured and irrigated thanks to voluntary donations.

Is this heaven? As they say in the movie, "No, it's Iowa."

Missing: The Partridge Family's Bus -- Of course, some movie props are forever lost. "The Partridge Family" bus, with its patchwork coloring and "Careful, Nervous Mother Driving" sign, has vanished.

Epting notes that it was parked for many years outside a Mexican restaurant in East Los Angeles. But in 1987 -- 13 years after the show's cancellation -- the restaurant's parking lot was repaved, and the bus shipped to a junkyard, its patchwork coloring long having faded beyond recognition.

"At least, we'll always have the music," Epting says. "And the reruns."

Buck Wolf is entertainment producer at "The Wolf Files" is published Tuesdays.

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