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       American Western History Museums               

      From archive collections we are proud to present the first of our museums for your enjoyment.   Visit us often as we prepare 30 years of serous historical collections into Fine Museums for your pleasure.    Enjoy your stay with us

        The Museum of The Great American West

     The Museum of The Great American West was created for your pleasure in a hope to shine a realism of  light on a very interesting time in history.   Directors of movies and authors of books have portrayed this frame of time in many ways

      The magic of the Old American West today is in the hearts of people in love with the memories and perceptions of which they have experienced or wish they could.  I hope you enjoy our interpretation portrayed here for you today

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     Experience with great expectations the Commerce  and History  of  The  Great  American  West,  Past,  Present  and  the  Future


    These Documents of Freedom have been a beacon to the world for over 200 years.  They are driving forces in the westward exploration.  They protect all men and their families' right to freedom of worship, choice, descent and speech.  They guarantee  the pursuit of happiness, liberty and justice for all.  They are the corner stone of raw courage, mercy and the greatness of this country.  May God forbid, these documents  ever be tarnished or destroyed or so shall be the beacon of freedom to the world


   Mountain men, trappers and fur traders were true self motivated explorers who believed in the magic of their dreams.   A dream of finding a secret hidden beautiful mountain valley with magnificent rivers and streams.   Wild life so bountiful prime beaver  rush to your feet saying take me, Mr. Trapper, take me   

    Suddenly awakened to calm stillness.  A moment passes, a thought  presses.  Who is watching the horses?    Looking to the distant ridge line embarrassment overwhelms your composure.   You helplessly watch your horses led away by a band of Indians.  The dawning light comes on bright.  IT was your turn to watch the horses  


    Go west young man go west   The foundation of freedom is afforded that you may pursue you dreams.  Guard with your very being that you not be led astray, by false thoughts, granting debt to you from country or fellow man.  Make your own way in life, opportunity abounds you.   Go west young man, develop the strengths of  freedom,  build opportunities and others will join you.  Look to the Lord for guidance and strength and you will do well my son.  May God be with you always.  Go west young man go west


  The United States Cavalry and the Indians   The U.S. Army, the long arm of the United States Government had a job to do.   Monitor and promote the orderly expansion of the West.  The U.S. Cavalry was the army unit of choice in the west.  The Indians' resistance to being a conquered people and their later reluctance to being prisoners on reservations presented many problems to the westward expansion.    Problems the Cavalry took in an aggressive stride to solve


  The Great Gateway to the West   A gathering jumping off place where wagons were being built and plenty of advice being given.   Corrals full of horses and mules attended by Honest John, also selling tack, harness and hand drawn maps leading to your greatest expectations.  Pioneers, trappers, explorers, gold miners and opportunists of every kind, all gathering supplies and information to assist in their journeys


    Pioneers and Frontiersmen of the West were mostly folks from simple lives.  They just woke up one day and said enough is enough.  The next day with drive and determination on a prayer, they were moving west.   Some folks had no specific destination in mind.   The feeling was they would recognize their new home when they found it and many did


    Gunslingers, Lawmen, and Outlaws   The characters in this story have characteristics in common.  They are opportunists.   They all chose to live by the gun, survive or die by it.  Some were interchangeable and switched professions.  At times the closest lawman is an after-fact.  The west can be a cruel.  Beware the after-fact could be the hanging tree 


   Trails Mountain Passes and Forts were the highways of the American west. Mostly narrow pathways through every kind of desolate river crossing, high mountain passes where most of the year is winter, deserts with terrain and hardships one can only imagine.  Along the way every kind of disease, snake, wolves, coyotes, grizzly bears, Indians and outlaws.    The forts offered little protection, a few supplies and news hard to come by


   Women Who Tamed the West,  many on the wagon trains.  Wagons were so overloaded that only the youngest children rode.   When these Women say they walked from the Mississippi river to the Pacific coast.  They mean walked.  They got up every morning, cooked the meals, tended family needs, gave birth to new children.  They watered the horses, fought Indians, nursed the wounded, buried their dead and kept their families direction on course.   A few other women helped tamed the west


    Stagecoach Lines and The Pony Express  emerged as the first reliable  passenger and mail transport in the west.  Quickly domineering the market with surprisingly trustworthy and dependable service.  The Pony Express riders pressed into the wild west handing off the mail rider to rider.  This chain of riders were usually    orphans with no family because of the immense danger

    Concord Stagecoaches with six fine horses in a full run along a narrow mountain road became a romantic symbol of the west remembered today.  The stagecoach lines became the secure couriers of passengers, mail and gold.  Stagecoach lines rapidly branched out to fill the needs of the west


     Railroads Expanding the West  created a race for wealth.  Receiving from the   government every other section of land several sections deep and benefits, including mineral rights on both sides of their road bed as reward for laying track.  As in most stories of this kind it seems it's appropriate to sacrifice a few rights and lives for the good of the many.  The good these railroads have done for this country is immense, possibly incalculable.  The few were many thousands or more of lives sacrificed needlessly for the race to put down the silver ribbons


    The Alamo    Remember the Alamo!  The Cradle of Texas Liberty.  The Alamo has become a shrine to the meaning of American freedom and independence.   The ultimate sacrifice of giving one's life for his country was demonstrated here through 183 men the most famous being William Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett. The battle cry, "Remember the Alamo" led the way not only for Texas independence but for the westward expansion of the United States and the American dream of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness


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