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Home Of the World's First Rodeo
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As always in West Texas watch out for thorns and bugs! This cache should be an easy park and grab. If possible take a picture in front of our rodeo sign!
Just to think of rodeo time brings excitement to many people. Excitement was in the dusty air of Pecos in 1883 when a few cowboys met to ding out who was the best at riding and roping. From the beginning of time, there has been competition among men. So it was with those horsemen who made a living in the daily chores about the ranch headquarters or trailing a herd of cattle in the wind, dust, and rain storms.
As these men crossed trails and met in places such as Pecos, there always came the question, "who is the best?" Trav Windham had become well known after trail driving cattle from Abilene to the Hashknife land just north and west of Pecos. This ranch had been established as a place for cattle to beef, to feed workers on the T&P Railroad, which was moving west from Sweetwater. Deciding to quit the trail, Windham later became foreman for the Lazy Y outfit. Morg Livingston of the NA ranch had earned a reputation also as a roper. Both men had friends, but telling or bragging could not determine a winner. So it was decided that these two would meet in a contest. Word spread quickly and other cowboys also wanted to compete to prove their abilities.
A place was chosen, on the flat land west of the river. History has it about where the present courthouse and law enforcement buildings are located. The time was chosen....July 4th. That was a holiday, and most people, ranchers, cowboys and townspeople could attend. When that day came, there were horses, there were wagons, there were people walking - coming from all directions to see what was going to happen, and to find out how their favorite cowboy would fair.
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Last Updated: on 7/10/2018 1:49:38 PM Pacific Daylight Time (8:49 PM GMT)
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