J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum (50th Anniversary Edition)

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In 1929, a transplanted Arkansas sawmill owner named J.M. Davis decided to put his collection of 99 firearms on display in the lobby of his Claremore, Oklahoma, hotel. Some 40 years later, on Davis’s 82nd birthday, the artifacts found a permanent home at the Claremore’s J.M. David Arms and Historical Museum, an internationally known tourist attraction celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019. Today, thousands of visitors a year marvel at exhibits featuring statuary, knives, swords, saddles, American Indian artifacts, political buttons, World War I posters, and many other items—all in addition to the most extensive private collection of guns on the face of the earth. With words and pictures, this book tells the behind-the-scenes story of the museum and John Monroe Davis—the man, his times, and his amazing acquisitions.
ISBN: 9781467104043
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Oklahoma
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Larry Larkin is a columnist for the Claremore Progress newspaper and a nationally published writer on historical and nostalgic topics. He also serves as vice president of the Friends of J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum. Wayne McCombs, the executive director of J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum, has authored or contributed to five books on Oklahoma baseball history. John Wooley, whose 40 books include Shot in Oklahoma and Right Down the Middle: The Ralph Terry Story, is an award-winning writer recently inducted into the Oklahoma Historians Hall of Fame.
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