Gene Autry's legend lives on, and not just at his museum in Los Angeles. Several festivals and celebrations are held throughout the country during the year. In one town, Gene Autry, Oklahoma, there is a festival in September. Autry bought a ranch there in 1941, when the town was named Berwyn, and the town promptly changed its name to honor its newest and most famous resident. They kept the name even after Autry moved out after World War II broke out and sold the ranch.
Here's a link to a great article in the L.A. Times today about these festivals. Worth looking into.