“Batwing” Chaps, circa 1918
Charles P. Shipley, Kansas City, Missouri
The Joe Grandee Collection

The American Cowboy Gallery, comprising 8,000 square feet, interprets the cowboy's history and culture from Spanish colonial times to the 20th century. The gallery represents the most extensive exhibition on the working cowboy in the United States. Within the environment of a rough-hewn ranch building, in-depth presentations reveal how various elements of equipment, such as saddles, bits, and spurs, changed over time. Regional styles of equipment are discussed and displayed. Visitors believe this is a "mecca" for those interested in the real history of the "cowpuncher" and his authentic clothing and equipment.

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