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San Ramon Valley museum presents 'Cowboys and Cattlemen' exhibit

The Museum of the San Ramon Valley opened a new exhibit last week focusing on the historical impact of cattle ranching in the region.

The three-month showing, entitled "Cowboys and Cattlemen, Ranching in the San Ramon Valley," features ranching-equipment displays, art works depicting landscapes and ranch life, and weekly presentations from ranchers.

The cattle industry has deep ties in the San Ramon Valley, with some of the area's first American settlers establishing ranches across the hills and valley. Local cattle ranches included Blackhawk, Elworthy, Rasmussen and Wiedemann.

The downtown Danville museum will give people a glimpse into the local cattle-ranching history with artifacts such as maps, branding irons, barbed wire and saddles -- along with descriptions of each saddle's owner.

Ranchers are set to speak about their occupation at the museum on Saturdays. Other planned events include a presentation from members of the cattlewomen's association, a branding demonstration and chances for attendees to use a lasso, according to museum officials.

The museum, located at the corner of Railroad and Prospect avenues, is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1-4 p.m., Saturdays 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Sundays 12-3 p.m. The exhibit runs through May 4.

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