Hall of Great Westerners


The history of the American West is one of extraordinary human achievement and moral purpose. Its people and their lives have held a pervasive, enduring appeal not only in the United States, but throughout the world.
The more than 200 men and women honored within the Hall of Great Westerners represent the heart and spirit of this virile Western heritage and embody a precious and immutable legacy. Explorers, Native American leaders, writers, poets, statesmen and others who have revered the land, cherished freedom of individuality, inspired their fellow man, and found the strength of character to overcome tremendous adversity find a home within this unique and enduring national memorial.


Inductees are recognized with a permanent wall placard located in the Edward L. Gaylord Exhibition Wing.

Criteria for Nomination

Criteria for individuals selected for induction into the Hall
of Great Westerners of the National Cowboy & Western
Heritage Museum® will have made outstanding
contributions based on one or more of the following
1. Exceptional contribution to the advancement of Western heritage and
traditions over a lifetime.
2. Individuals who promote America’s rich Western heritage through their
leadership and patronage of art, business industry, environmental,
education, humanitarian, government or philanthropic organizations.
3. Achievement of national significance and historic relevance.
4. Exemplification of the traditional Western ideals of honesty, integrity and
self-sufficiency over a lifetime.

Download the Great Westerners Nomination Form