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The West Out East

Ten worthy Old West sites close to Easterners.


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For all of you poor suckers not fortunate to live west of Independence, Missouri, or who find yourself in the crowded, humid East, fear not. You can find the West in them thar woods too.

Head to Urbandale, Iowa, where the 500-acre outdoor Living History Farm museum covers 300 years of farming and is divided into three working farm sites, showcasing the Ioway Indians (circa 1700), white pioneers (1850) and horse-powered farms (1900). You’ll also find a replica 1875 farm-town, called Walnut Hill.

Most people come to Pella, Iowa, to celebrate tulips and Dutch windmills, but Western buffs know Pella as the boyhood home of frontier lawman Wyatt Earp. That home was restored to its 1850s appearance in 1966 and is part of a Pella Historical Society restoration project that includes 24 buildings in its historical village.

To the east, Indiana brings you the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art in Indianapolis. Founded by collector Harrison Eiteljorg, this museum isn’t just art; it’s history and culture. Don’t overlook Mihtohseenionki (People’s Place) gallery and its examination of the Delaware, Miami and Potawatomi Indians
of Indiana.

In Chillicothe, Ohio, “Tecumseh!” the story of the Shawnee Indian leader’s fight to...

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