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The Northern Nevada Museum in Elko, Nevada is home to an extensive permanent exhibit of Will James artwork and books donated by Don Frazier of Arizona. Elko is also home to the Western Folklife Center that hosts Cowboy Poetry each January. A short hop down I-80 and you arrive at the new California Trail Center with extensive exhibits and programs about the pioneer migration across Nevada. Information can be found at: or or

The Yellowstone Art Museum in Billings, Montana houses the Virginia Snook collection, the largest Will James art display in the world. To see more about the museum, follow this link:

The University of Nevada Reno has in their special collections section an extensive photo collection about Will James, as well as volumes of materials from Will James early years when he lived and worked in Nevada. While primarily a research source, re: Will James,the library does conduct tours and provide information about the use of their facility.

The Big Horn County Historical Museum in Hardin, Montana is home to Will James’ log studio and two cabins that were moved in 2009 from what was James’ Rockin’ R Ranch. It is an ongoing project. The present website has nothing regarding the buildings or Will James, but a call to (406) 665-1671 may get you updated information. To see more about the museum, follow this link:

The Will James Roundup is a working ranch style rodeo that is held in July at the Big Horn County Fairgrounds in Hardin, Montana. The proceeds from the event go to the Will James Project at the museum. For current scheduling and more information go here:

Reno, Nevada and the surrounding area has many landmarks that are important in Will James history. Some of the structures still exist, some have been overcome by growth in the area. Many are privately owned and are accessible only by invitation. The 2013 Gather schedule includes visits to several locations. The cabin that was built by Alice’s father and two of her brothers after Will and Alice were married and purchased property near Franktown has been maintained in good condition and will be visited. Smoky was written on that site. Also planned is a day trip to University of Nevada Reno history department.

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