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Hurrah for the Cowboy: Men of the Open Range

• Exhibit at the Rockpile Museum

The traveling exhibit, Hurrah for the Cowboy, is currently on display at the Campbell County Rockpile Museum in Gillette, Wyoming from through December 2024.

This collection of vintage engravings (1867-1911) depicts the North American cowboy – the most romanticized figure in American history – as seen by their contemporary artists such as Frederic Remington, Charles Russell, Maynard Dixon, and many other notable artists. Curated by Lee Silliman, Hurrah for the Cowboy has appeared in museums across Montana, Colorado, and Wyoming. It chronicles the march of the cowboy across the western frontier stage, from its origins with the vaqueros of northern Mexico, through the trail drives of Texas longhorns to mid-western railroads, and finally to its apogee among the large free-range cattle operations of the Northern High Plains. Supplemented with artifacts from the Rockpile Museum’s own collection, and interspersed with first-person quotations and cowboy poetry, the exhibit paints a vibrant picture of cowboy life.

As part of the Rockpile Museum’s 50th anniversary, we are proud to bring this exhibit to Campbell County. Hurrah for the Cowboy kicks off a year of exiting programing and events! To keep informed about the Rockpile Museum, please visit RockpileMuseum.com, our Facebook page at facebook.com/RockpileMuseum, or call (307) 682-5723. The Rockpile Museum is located at 900 West 2nd Street in Gillette, Wyoming.

About the Rockpile Museum:

Collect, Preserve, Educate. The Campbell County Rockpile Museum tells the story of the Powder River Basin. The Rockpile Museum has exhibits about each of the different period in the history of the Powder River Basin. The museum house large collections of fossils, Native American artifacts, rifles, saddles, horse-drawn vehicles, and energy industry equipment. There are also videos related to the mining, transportation, and use of coal from the local mines. The museum has a full schedule of temporary exhibits and educational programing each year.

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