Omaha gets “Wild West” experience

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July 22nd, 2011

Omaha, NE – Governor Dave Heineman declared July 23rd the “Day of the Cowboy,” and the Durham Western Heritage Museum is celebrating that day, and educating Omaha about the “Wild, Wild West.”

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Actors portray outlaws and lawmen on "National Cowboy Day" at the Durham (Photo Courtesy Wild West Creations)

The Durham Western Heritage Museum is hosting some of the Wild West’s most notorious outlaws and heroic law men like old rugged Curly Bill and lawman Wyatt Earp. (click listen now to hear a Curly Bill and Wyatt Earp re-enactment)

Omaha might not be the O.K. Corral, but Steve and Frank Murcek, the brother duo that makes up Wild West Creations, and the Durham Museum see Omaha as an important landmark to teach about the days of open ranges, the Union Pacific railroad, homesteading and cattle ranching.

“We’re sitting in rail station, and we were really the gateway to the West,” said Shawna Forsberg, the Director of Marketing and Public Relations at the Durham. “At one point, Omaha had the largest stockyards in the United States. So, it’s really how our state was founded and settled. Part of the Durham’s mission is to share that vibrant history with people.”

Activities for all ages will include whip-cracking demonstrations, arts and crafts, blacksmithing, leather working as well as a couple good old-fashioned western re-enactments by dedicated actors. Sarsaparilla will even be on tap at the Durham’s old-fashioned Soda Fountain.

“Wild, Wild West Day” takes place Saturday, July 22nd, 10am-3pm at the Durham Western Heritage Museum.

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