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Traveling exhibit celebrating cowboy history to open at Rockpile Museum

'Hurrah for the Cowboy' opens Feb. 7 and will be on view until December, 2024.

Wild Range Horses by Artist Maynard Dixon, Courtesy Rockpile Museum

GILLETTE, Wyo. — To kick off a year of celebratory programming for its 50th anniversary, the Rockpile Museum is honoring western heritage with an exhibit on all things cowboy.

After previous stops at museums in Montana, Colorado and elsewhere in Wyoming, “Hurrah for the Cowboy” will be on display at the Rockpile Museum, 900 W. 2nd St. in Gillette, starting Wednesday, Feb. 7.

Curated by Lee Silliman, the exhibit includes a variety of cowboy-related materials, with additions from the Rockpile Museum’s own archive. Items include vintage engravings, cowboy poetry and works from contemporary artists Fredric Remington and Maynard Dixon, among others.

Tracing the history of the cowboy back to the Vaqueros of Mexico, the exhibit showcases a full timeline of the cowboy era to their role on the Northern Plains.

The exhibit will be on view at the Rockpile Museum until December 2024.