Historic Timeline

View paintings in the Museum’s collection alongside major historical, political, and cultural events, beginning with the American Revolution and leading up to the founding of the American Museum of Western Art.

1776

Congress formally endorsed the Declaration of Independence
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1789

George Washington was sworn in as first President of the United States
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1790-1830

Start of the Industrial Revolution
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1803

President Jefferson purchased Louisiana Territory
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1805

The Lewis and Clark Expedition reached the Pacific Ocean
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1810-1840

Fur trade reaches its peak
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1812

Congress declared war on Great Britain
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1819-1820

Expeditionary artists travel to the Rocky Mountains
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1821

The Mexican Revolution opens trade between the US and Mexico
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1823-1841

James Fennimore Cooper published The Leatherstocking Tales
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1830

Congress passed the Indian Removal Act
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1832

George Catlin traveled west by steamship
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1835-1848

Texas declared Independence from Mexico
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1836

First wagon train along the Oregon Trail
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1844

Samuel Morse sent the first long-distance telegraph message
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1845

The term Manifest Destiny is coined
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1848

The California Gold Rush begins
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1850s

The US government built wagon roads
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1849-1869

The Pacific Railroad Company builds west
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c. 1850

William Tylee Ranney travels west
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1851

The Laramie Treaty was signed
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1852

Harriet Beecher Stowe published Uncle Tom’s Cabin
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1858

Colorado Gold Rush begins
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1860

Pony Express Mail Service
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1861-1865

American Civil War
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1862

The Homestead Act
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1864

The Sand Creek Massacre
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1865

Abraham Lincoln shot at Ford’s Theater
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1865-1876

The Sioux Wars
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1866-1890

The Open Range Cattle Industry and the Era of the Cowboy
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1866

William Jacob Hays painted The Gathering of the Herds
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1867

US purchases Alaska
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1870

15th Amendment granted right to vote to African American men
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1871

First National Park established
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1872

Innovations in photography impact painting
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1876-1877

Bell’s First Telephone
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1879

The relocation of the Southern Utes
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1880

The Navarre Building Constructed in Denver
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1881

Remington begins illustrating the West
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1889

Oklahoma Land Rush
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1890

Massacre at Wounded Knee
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1893

Western markets crashed
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1898

Blumenschein and Phillips travel to Taos, New Mexico
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1898

The Spanish American War
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1903

First narrative film
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1913

The Armory Show
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1913

Henry Ford established the assembly line
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1915

The Taos Society of Artists was founded
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1915

N.C. Wyeth painted The Lady Wins
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1917-1918

The United States participated in World War I
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1920

19th Amendment granted right to vote to women
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1924

Indian Citizen Act signed into law
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1926

US Highway System
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1929

Black Tuesday
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1933 - 1935

Federal Art Projects
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1935

Georgia O’Keeffe painted Red Hills, Grey Sky
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1941-1945

World War II
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1944

G.I. Bill signed
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1952

Emil Bisttram created The Mirror
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1967

Ralph Brownell McGrew painted Going on a Visit
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1969

Thomas Hart Benton painted Wheat Threshing on the High Plains
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1976

Helen Frankenthaler visits the West
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1979

Fritz Scholder painted An American Portrait
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1981

Harold Joe Waldrum painted Church at Arroyo Hondo
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1991

New Appreciation for Western American Art
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1997

Kim Wiggins painted Merging of Cultures
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2009

Ed Mell painted Flashing Storm
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2010

AMWA founded
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