Top 10 Western Museums of 2011


Boot Hill Museum (Dodge City, Kansas): Fun shows and great history on the original site of Boot Hill Cemetery.

Cripple Creek District Museum (Cripple Creek, Colorado): Countless artifacts housed in five historic buildings from the region.

Mariposa Museum and History Center (Mariposa, California): Visit people from the town’s past during the Mariposa County Storytelling Festival every March, or learn history anytime.

Museum of the Mountain West (Montrose, Colorado): Ten reconstructed storefronts inside a 10,000-square-foot building and 17 historic structures outside.

Pendleton Round-Up & Happy Canyon Hall of Fame (Pendleton, Oregon): More than 100 years of history of one of the West’s greatest rodeo festivals.

Red River Valley Museum (Vernon, Texas): When the Western Trail Heritage Center opens, this will be as important a stop as nearby Doan’s Crossing was for drovers after opening in 1878.

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