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Evel Knievel Memorabilia Museum brings collectibles to Uptown Butte

By Grace Ditzler, KTVM Reporter, gditzler@ktvm.com
Published On: Jul 26 2013 06:07:39 PM MDT
Updated On: Jul 26 2013 08:41:48 PM MDT
BUTTE, Mont. -

Walking into the museum, the first thing you notice is the dedication of collectors.

"It started for me when I was a young boy and I found out I had the same birthday as Evel Knievel," said collector Bryan Richards.

Richards explained his interest is so strong, it pulled him from London to the Mining City, Evel Knievel's hometown.

"I've probably spent about $20,000 at least," he said.

Richards is just one of the collectors at the exhibit,  but they're all working on a common goal.

"We're all trying to collect everything that's spread across the planet and bring it back together," he explained.

Every object in the museum has a personal connection to Knievel, and a story about his crazy life.

"So the last thing I said to him was, 'You knew you weren't going to make it and you did it anyways?'" said George Sedlak, who knew Knievel personally. "And he said to me, 'George, who do you think you're talking to? If I say I'm going to do it, I'm going to do it!'"

Sedlak had a special connection with the daredevil.

"I painted his helmets and motorcycles," he said.

Talking to Sedlak and Richards, NBC Montana found out they both had something else in common -- neither had been to the hometown of their favorite hero before.

George said he's enjoying "People from Butte coming in... little old ladies saying 'He was in my classroom!'"

Richards explained, "Everyone's really pleased to see all the stuff come back together."

And they love sharing -- Sedlak, stories, and Richards, his collection.

The Evel Knievel Memorabilia Museum will be open through Saturday evening at the Phoenix Building. They encourage everyone stop by and ask questions, because they have a lot of stories to tell.