In 1929, in a hotel lobby in Claremore, Oklahoma, a transplantedArkansas sawmill owner named J.M. Davis decided to put hiscollection of 99 firearms on display. Since then, Claremore's J.M. DavisArms and Historical Museum has become an internationally knowntourist attraction. Thousands of visitors per year marvel at exhibitsfeaturing statuary, knives, swords, saddles, Native American artifacts,political buttons, World War I posters, and many other items--allin addition to the most extensive private collection of guns ondisplay in the world. Through words and pictures, this book tells thebehind-the-scenes story of the museum and John Monroe Davis--theman, his times, and his amazing acquisitions.