John Wayne’s Custom Station Wagon on Display at the ‘American Experience’ Exhibit

by Keeli Parkey

If you’re a fan of legendary Hollywood star John Wayne, a new exhibit is the place you need to be. It is the “John Wayne: An American Experience.”

It is located in at the stockyards in Fort Worth, Texas, at 2501 Rodeo Plaza. The exhibit includes 10,000 square feet of memorabilia and information about the Duke.

One of the largest items on display is a vehicle he owned during his life. This vehicle, according to a tweet by the actor’s official Twitter account, is a custom station wagon. You can check out a photo of John Wayne’s station wagon as it appears in the exhibit.

The purpose of this very unique exhibit is “to give you an intimate tour of the life of John Wayne,” according to the website. It takes visitors through his early years and into his iconic acting career. One highlight of the exhibit is titled, “Life on Screen.” This section of the exhibit includes some of the best-known of his costumes, as well as props he used in his films.

Another section of this special exhibit details John Wayne’s American patriotism. This section is titled, “America, Why I Love Her.” In this area, Wayne is heard reading poems written about the United States.

Visitors will also have the chance to view photos of the Duke’s family that few have ever seen. They will also have the opportunity to view writings produced by John Wayne. These pieces were reportedly chosen so that fans can have a better understanding of who he was as a person, both personally and professionally.

You Can Learn More About John Wayne Through Social Media

Also, if you’re a fan of the Duke, you should follow the social media accounts dedicated to him and managed by his estate. The accounts frequently post old photos of the Hollywood icon, as well as information about his life.

For instance, on Sunday, July 18, the Instagram account, “johnwayneofficial,” shared a terrific photo of the Duke. This image was not taken from one of his many successful movies. It was captured while Wayne was relaxing on a sunny day. He’s dressed differently than you typically see him on screen and he is lounging in a hammock with a drink in his hand. He’s all smiles. It’s an image that makes you wish you could be sitting in a hammock next to him, sharing a drink, and asking him questions.

In another throwback post, John Wayne’s estate showed him pouring a drink. It’s a black-and-white image of a well-dressed Duke getting ready to relax. “If it’s Thursday, and you’re feeling thirsty then go ahead and pour up some @dukespirits,” the caption with this photo read. Duke Spirits is a brand of bourbon whiskey inspired by John Wayne.