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This lone figure on his weary horse is one of the most recognized symbols of the American West, created by James Earle Fraser (1876-1953). Many view it as a reverent memorial to a great and courageous people. This monumental, 18-foot plaster sculpture was created for the San Francisco's 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition and received the Gold Medal for sculpture. The subject of immediate widespread acclaim, they widely reproduced the image in a postcard, print, trinket, and miniature form. In 1920, the City of Visalia obtained the discarded statue and placed it in Mooney's Grove Park, where it remained, in a gradually deteriorating condition, for 48 years. In 1968 the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum acquired this original plaster statue, had the plaster cast in bronze, and returned the cast sculpture to Mooney's Grove Park, where people can view it today. 

Gainsborough Studio Historical Collection: End of the Trail Print

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