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The End of the Trail as an American Icon

The End of the Trail, the magnificent iconic statue standing in the entry of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum signifies a Native American and his horse, both weary in body and spirit at the end of their journey. Sculpted by American-born artist James Earle Fraser, The End of the Trail statue is one of the most recognizable images in the United States. Many people are familiar with the image, but few know its history. Originally, it was more than just an image on a postcard, tattoo or belt buckle. It is a major sculptural work, and for its creator, it was more than just a piece of art, but a meaningful reminder of a childhood spent on the American frontier.

For more information on The End of the Trail and the artist that created it visit the Dickinson Research Center.

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