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Elmer Keith the legacy lives on.

The strains of the bagpipe and the thunderous roar of the .44 Magnum salute have long since faded away over the gravesite of Elmer Keith, however, his indomitable spirit still lives on.

When Elmer Keith passed away on February 14, 1984 at the age of 84, just 23 days short of his 85th birthday, he left a legacy of his writings which reflected a lifetime of practical knowledge--garnered the hard way. He didn't expound his theories from other person's writings or stories, he blazed the trail from the beginning and spoke from his vast, personal experience which, as a rancher, guide and big game hunter, spanned well over half a century. This legacy manifested itself in many ways; in the countless magazine articles he wrote as well as the spell-binding books he authored that reflected his many encounters in the hunting fields of the world. Of course, as a side result, he accumulated many world-class trophies taken in fair chase throughout this globe.

In addition, over the years, Elmer built up a treasure trove of firearms that included not only those he used personally, but others of historic importance.

With Elmer's demise, this important slice of Americana could well have been dissipated to the four corners of the earth. Elmer Keith was not just an American legend, he is known wherever the English language is understood. Collectors world-wide would covet anything that had belonged to this grand old man of the hunting fraternity and Elmer Keith's son, Ted F. Keith, is determined to see that this will not happen.

Ted feels that his father's legacy deserves enshrinement in his native country and in the town where he spent the last productive years of his life before being struck down by a massive heart attack.

Ted Keith has formed a non-profit corporation called The Elmer Keith Museum Foundation, Inc., and has made application to the IRS for a tax exempt status as a non-profit corporation.

The Keith family, along with a board of directors made up of Elmer's friends, NRA directors and business leaders from Salmon Idaho, are now soliciting contributions from Elmer's many fans. These funds will be used to build a museum to house Elmer's trophies, guns, books and other memorabilia.

The museum itself will take 2-1/2 years to build, will cover some 12,000 square feet and will cost about $2,000,000! Fittingly the museum will face the towering snow-capped peaks north of Salmon, Idaho.

Individuals who donate at least $100 as well as companies who contribute a minimum of $500, will have their names inscribed on the museum's walls as major contributors. These contributors would be issued a lifetime, free pass to the museum.

This is an independent project sponsored by the Keith family and a board of directors who serve without pay. If you feel that you would like to support this project contact: The Elmer Keith Museum Foundation, Inc., C/O Idaho First National Bank, Salmon, Idaho 83467.
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Publication:Guns & Ammo
Date:Aug 1, 1984
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