Sunday, November 23, 2008

Bill Pickett Invitational Rodeo, Las Vegas, NV - Nov. 21-23, 2008

Bill Pickett

December 5, 1870 - April 2, 1932

William (Bill) Pickett was a legendary African American cowboy from Texas.

From 1905 to 1931, the Miller brothers' 101 Ranch Wild West Show was one of the great shows in the tradition started by William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody in 1883. The 101 Ranch Show introduced bulldogging invented by Bill Pickett, one of the show's stars.

He died in 1932 as a result of injuries received from working horses at the 101 Ranch. His grave is on what is left of the 101 Ranch property near Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Bill Pickett was inducted into the National Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1972.

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