Rodeos and Wild West Shows

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Rodeos and Wild West Shows

This is a BIG subject. I think I have the majority of the historic Wild West Shows
(I always need more dates and names)

Classic Big Rodeos are a priority, as are OLD, surviving, local ones. Let me know. – Doc

Terms like “exposition” or “exhibition” were commonly used to indicate that the spectacles were authentic, ethnographic examples of people from the true Wild West. Many of the performers were real working cowboys and Native Americans who had been involved in legendary battles and historic events before seeing their way of life change dramatically with the settlement of the American frontier. Most of the “Wild West Shows” did not include the word “show” in their name since the term indicated that the performers were simply acting instead of portraying themselves as they really were in their life in the west.

Allen Brothers Wild West (1929-1934)
Charles and Mert H. Allen

Arlington & Beckman’s Oklahoma Ranch Wild West (1913)
Edward Arlington & Fred Beckman

A.S. Lewis Big Shows (1910)Old West Daily Reader Subscribe Today

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