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Passing of the Old West

Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, talks about the museum's art show "Passing of the Old West," which is on display till the end of the year.

Dan Davidson, director of the Museum of Northwest Colorado, talks about the museum's art show "Passing of the Old West," which is on display till the end of the year.

The Museum of Northwest Colorado is presenting an exhibit titled "Passing of the Old West" through the end of the year.

The exhibit, according to the museum, "portrays the story of change which came to the Western United States from 1850 to 1950, through the eyes of a number of well-known artists."

"What we're trying to do is sort of recreate that" change, museum director Dan Davidson said.

Featuring paintings, drawings and artifacts to help bring alive the history of the West, the exhibit lines the second floor of the museum.

The exhibit's name is borrowed from an exhibit at the former Cosgriff Hotel that featured works from Gerard Curtis Delano, who also plays a prominent role in the museum's current exhibit.

Other notable figures in the exhibit are Bob Meldrum, whom the museum described as standing "on both sides of the law at various times in his life," and Buffalo Bill.

Davidson described the exhibit as the largest to date for the museum.

Taking six months of work to assemble, the exhibit features 35 paintings and about 40 artifacts, many of which were donated to the museum by eight institutions and 13 individuals.

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