I finally got to see the arms display at the Museum of the American West (formerly the Autry Museum of Western Heritage), on I-5 in Los Angeles. WOW! Feel sorry for anyone who passes up the opportunity to see this; they simply don’t know what they’re saying “no” to.
Among the objects of this expansive collection under glass:
The holster and gun used by Frank James.
A tomahawk owned by Crazy Horse.
A pipe owned by Sitting Bull.
A cavalry carbine scavenged by a Sioux warrior at the Battle of Little Bighorn.
The gun used by Emmit Dalton (lone survivor of the Dalton gang’s disastrous robbery gone wrong).
The shotgun used by Doc Holiday at the Tombstone gunfight.
The shotgun used by Black Bart. (Empty when recovered at the site of a hold-up. Black Bart was robbing stage coaches with an empty shotgun!)
A pistol owned by Wyatt Earp. (Reputedly used at the Tombstone gunfight, but only on the donor’s hearsay.)
A pony express saddle.
The list could go on, but I think you get the general idea. If only these artifacts could talk. In a way, I guess they do; each one has its story. In the grand scheme of things, such is not merely a mute testimony about cowboys and Indians, outlaws and lawmen. It’s the story of us.