Wild West Shows

In the late 1800’s, Wild West Shows began traveling throughout the eastern United States and did so for about 50 years. Today’s rodeos are an offspring of these early shows that featured great cowboys such as Buffalo Bill Cody and Bill Pickett, who invented bulldogging. The early 1900’s marked the introduction of the Wild West Show overseas, with  performances in England and Africa. Casey Tibbs took a Wild West Show to the World’s Fair in Brussels, Belgium 1958. The cowboys in these shows were paid performers and it wasn’t a contest like modern rodeos.

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