Museums and Historic Sites of the American West

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Overview

This reference provides the first comprehensive guidebook to the remnants of a key period in American history. Danilov examines both the real and mythical history of the trans-Mississippi region from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s through the lens of more than 1,500 historic sites and museums in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Locations including missions, trails, landmarks, forts, ghost towns, and Native American villages are featured here, along with details of what is on view.

The early American West has taken on mythic proportions, coming to be regarded as a time and place unlike any other. In Historic Sites and Museums of the Old West, Victor J. Danilov examines both the real and mythical history of the trans-Mississippi region from the mid-1800s through the early 1900s through the lens of more than 1500 historic sites and museums in 38 states and the District of Columbia. Locations including missions, trading posts, trails, landmarks, military forts, battlefields, railroads, ghost towns, and early Native American villages are featured here, along with details of what exhibits and artifacts are on view.

Helpfully organized both by classification and by location, this reference volume provides the first comprehensive guidebook to the remnants of a key period in American history. As such, it will prove useful for libraries, historians, history buffs, and travelers alike.

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A comprehensive guide to historic sites and museums with exhibits, artifacts, and other historical materials relating to the Old West<-- >defined as the brief period of westward movement that took place from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s in the huge area of the US from the Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. Danilov (museum management, U. of Colorado; formerly director of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry) describes almost 1,500 sites and museums in 40 categories in the 22 Old West states plus 16 others and the District of Columbia. Categories include, for example, prehistoric artifacts, author museums, historic trading posts and military forts, geological landmarks, ghost towns, and historic opera houses. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313309083
  • Publisher: ABC-Clio, LLC
  • Publication date: 3/30/2002
  • Pages: 840
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

VICTOR J. DANILOV, the former president and director of Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, is the founder and currently the director of the Museum Management Program at the University of Colorado. He has written extensively about museums, galleries, and historic sites, and is the author of many books, including Hall of Fame Museums (Greenwood, 1997), University and College Museums, Galleries, and Related Facilities (Greenwood, 1996), and Museum Careers and Training (Greenwood, 1994).

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Table of Contents

Preface xi
Remembering the Old West 1
Prehistoric Artifacts, Villages, Mounds, and Rock Art 4
Native Peoples Museums and Cultural Centers 6
Western Heritage Museums 9
History Museums 11
Natural and Cultural History Museums 13
Art Museums with Western Art Collections 15
Museums of History, Art, and Culture 16
Legendary Western Figures Museums and Historic Sites 17
Author Museums and Historic Sites 19
Libraries, Archives, and Research Centers 20
Historic Missions 21
Historic Trading Posts 23
Historic Military Forts 25
Frontier Battlefields and Related Museums 32
Civil War Battlefields and Museums 34
Historic Trails and Related Museums 35
Historic Geological Landmarks 36
Historic Waterway Sites and Museums 38
Historic Stage and Pony Express Stations 38
Historic Towns and Cities 39
Re-created Pioneer Villages 43
Ethnic Museums and Cultural Centers 45
Mormon and Other Religious Colonies 47
Historic Building Sites and Museums 48
Historic Farms and Ranches and Agricultural Museums 50
Historic Opera Houses 52
Historic Mills and Industrial Sites 53
Mining Museums and Mine Tours 53
Ghost Towns 55
Logging Camps and Museums 57
Transportation Museums 57
Horse-drawn Vehicle Museums 58
Railroad Museums and Train Rides 58
Maritime Museums 60
Law Enforcement Museums 61
Prison and Jail Museums 61
Firearms Museums and Collections 62
Firefighting Museums 62
National Park Museums and Visitor Centers 63
Theme Parks and Other Western Attractions 64
Historic Sites, Museums, and Related Facilities of the Old West 67
Alaska 67
Arizona 78
Arkansas 112
California 119
Colorado 196
Connecticut 261
District of Columbia 262
Florida 265
Hawaii 267
Idaho 274
Illinois 285
Indiana 293
Iowa 294
Kansas 309
Louisiana 332
Maine 343
Maryland 344
Massachusetts 345
Michigan 347
Minnesota 350
Missouri 369
Montana 395
Nebraska 423
Nevada 451
New Mexico 465
New York 511
North Dakota 517
Ohio 543
Oklahoma 544
Oregon 573
Pennsylvania 595
Rhode Island 598
South Dakota 599
Texas 620
Utah 689
Virgina 708
Washington 709
Wisconsin 742
Wyoming 755
Selected Bibliography 777
Index 783
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