James Earle Fraser, The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

My Uncle Steve recommended that I check out the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and it packed more of an artistic punch than I expected. Lots of paintings of grand western landscapes across the midwest and the west coast, as well as paintings of national figures.

James Earle Fraser’s “The End of the Trail” was supposed to be a bronze Native American sculpture that was supposed to be in the Presido in San Francisco. However, due to restrictions on bronze for non-military purposes during World War I, the sculpture was made in plaster instead, and is kept indoors.

There are tributes to John Wayne, and various other western movie actors.

There are sculptures of non-western figures such as Abraham Lincoln who still influenced the western states through his decisions as president. This sculpture of Lincoln shows a more slouched and sullen figure than the statue in the national Mall in Washington, D.C.

There is a life-size statue representing the mountian lions that roam California, and other western states.

In addition, there is a full replica of a bull ranch, where cowboys would ride bulls competitively and a western film cinema.

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