U.S. Cavalry and American Indian Museum

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BLUE RIVER, Ore. -- If you think you knew all about the U.S. Cavalry, think again. There's a brand new museum in Blue River you have to see for yourself.

"People used to come in our house and say, "Oh my God, you're living in a museum,"" joked Ron Miner, half the ownership of the museum.

So, Miner and his wife Coho decided to build a museum.

It's on 12 acres east of Blue River, and covers American Cavalry history from the Civil War to 1943.

It has been a passion of Ron's since he was 7-years-old. 

One of the oldest pieces is an 1859 McClellan saddle.

Coho Miner is of Blackfoot-Cree heritage, and showed KVAL News the Native American version of the McClellan saddle, for women. It's complete with a hook on the front to carry a papoose.

It's a marriage of cultures and histories, co-existing, and when those occasional disagreements arise, Coho chortles and says, "I throw rocks."

The museum is open Thursdays-Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. No admission is charged, but donations are definitely encouraged.

Coho Miner says they moved back to Blue River from Arizona about seven years ago because she grew up in the area and wanted to set up the museum as a homecoming back to the McKenzie Valley.