End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration

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Photo courtesy National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Photo courtesy National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Opens Friday, August 14

More than 18 feet tall and weighing thousands of pounds, James Earle Fraser’s final End of the Trail sculpture stands at the entryway of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. Arriving at the museum in 1968, it debuted at the Panama Pacific International Expo in San Francisco in 1915 and remained at Mooney Grove Park in Visalia, Cali., until its move to Oklahoma. Today, the museum celebrates the 100th anniversary of its creation in an exhibit titled End of the Trail: A Centennial Celebration. Pulling from the museum’s Dickinson Research Center, the exhibition offers an exploration of the sculpture’s journey, from Fraser’s vision all the way to its arrival in Oklahoma. Photographs of Fraser, documents, newspaper articles and more, along with videos and images of the sculpture’s move, will be on display in the museum’s west hallway through Oct. 25. For more information, visit www.nationalcowboymuseum.org.

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