This past weekend the family took me to the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit in the Fort Worth Stockyards. I got to celebrate my 50th Birthday with the Duke! For me this was a dream come true, I'm a HUGE fan of John Wayne. Ever since I was a little kid I've always looked up to the Duke and loved watching all his movies. I spent most of my childhood reenacting all his roles and westerns. He was and will always be my hero. He's a lot more than an actor to me, John Wayne is a moral compass and roll model.

If you're a fan of the Duke you have to make the trip to Ft. Worth and visit the John Wayne: An American Experience exhibit. It was an incredible and unforgettable day getting to see all this up close and personal. The gallery below isn't even close to half of what you'll see there. With 10,000 square feet and several rooms the exhibit has everything from John Wayne's early childhood to his final days.

It was surreal to actually see in person several of the costumes, wardrobe and props that John Wayne used in his films and throughout his career. Along with all the great displays throughout the exhibit there's quotes from the Duke, interactive video and audio sections and most, if not all of the walls are covered in photo murals and picture collages. The entire exhibit is really impressive, I'll definitely go back again.

To top it all off I even got a John Wayne hoodie from the gift shop for my Birthday! Take a look at some of the things you'll see at the John Wayne: An American Experience below. The gallery doesn't include even half of the pictures I took or things you'll see there, just some of my favorites from the exhibit. Check it out!

John Wayne: An American Experience

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