September 5, 2011

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All around the state, history from the Wild West abounds.

The Museum of Westward Expansion houses artifacts and exhibits that chronicle the American Indians and pioneers who shaped the history of the West.

Call 314-655-1700 for more information.

National Frontier Trails Museum, located in Independence, features the histories of the Santa Fe, the Oregon, and the California trails, plus interactive exhibits, including two that challenge you to pack your wagon on your saddle for your trip on the trail.

Call 816-325-7575 for more information.

Merchants at Westport outfitted wagon trains for their journeys west. Find these stories and more at the Westport Historical Society at Kansas City.

Call 816-561-1821 or visit www.westporthistorical.com for more information.

Located at the Pikes Peak Stables in St. Joseph, The Pony Express Museum occupies the original site that the first Pony Express rider thundered out of on April 3, 1860.

Call 800-530-5930 or visit www.ponyexpress.org for more information.

Home of the offices for the Pony Express, the Patee House Museum in St. Joseph houses the last Hannibal & St. Joseph Railroad steam locomotive and railway mail car.

Call 816-232-8206 for more information.

See items owned by Jesse James and his family at the Jesse James Home in St. Joseph. The James Family Farm at Kearney features tours of the farm and a museum.

Call 816-232-8206 or visit www.jessejames.org for more information.

Peer into the original bank vault at The Jesse James Bank Museum at Liberty where the James gang robbery in 1866 made history.

Call 816-736-8510 for more information.

The John W. Barriger III National Railroad Library in St. Louis houses collections and information on the earliest train robberies.

Visit www.umsl.edu/barriger for more information.

Find the spirit of the Kansas City Stockyards at the Exchange Building that was recently rennovated for the offices of National Farms Inc., a regional cattle-feeding business, along with architecture, filmmaking, and advertising professionals.

The American Royal Association also calls the West Bottoms home. The Royal began as a Hereford cow show in 1899. Today, its two-month-long fall festival of horse, cow, barbecue, and rodeo competitions draws more than 250,000 visitors. There is also a museum featuring the history of the Royal.

For more information visit www.americanroyal.com.

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