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08/03/15

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Contact: Erin Brown
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum, Oklahoma Historical Society
Office: 918-762-2513
ebrown@okhistory.org
www.pawneebillranch.com

Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum Named in Top Ten U.S. Cowboy and Agricultural Museums

Pawnee, Okla. — True West magazine has named the Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum one of the Top Ten Cowboy and Agricultural Museums in the United States. The September 2015 edition of the magazine ranks the 500-acre historic site fifth in the nation in that category. True West devoted much of the issue to highlighting western museums that showcase new visions of the past, present and future. Other Oklahoma institutions recognized in different categories are the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum and the Gilcrease Museum.

The Pawnee Bill Ranch was once the home of Wild West showman Gordon W. Lillie. The ranch includes a historic home, a visitor's center, log cabin, blacksmith shop, barn, observation tower and a herd of bison, longhorns and horses. The ranch is open seven days a week April through October and is closed Mondays and Tuesdays November through March. Visitors can tour the entire facility during normal hours of operation and specialized programming is available upon request for groups who make reservations in advance.  For more information please call 918-762-2513 or go to www.pawneebillranch.com.

The Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society and is located one-half mile west of Pawnee on U.S. Highway 64. The mission of the Oklahoma Historical Society is to collect, preserve and share the history and culture of the state of Oklahoma. Founded in 1893 by members of the Territorial Press Association, the OHS maintains 31 museums, historic sites and affiliates across the state. Through its research archives, exhibits, educational programs and publications the OHS chronicles the rich history of Oklahoma. For more information about the OHS, please visit www.okhistory.org.





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