14. Rodeo’s Roots
Bucking’ Broncs are just the beginning.
Modern-day rodeo has its roots on the plains, these tradition live on today, during the Laramie Jubilee Days Rodeo, each July. See some of the Wild West’s bravest ropers, riders and racers from days gone by. Riding. Roping. Racing. Modern day rodeo lives on each July in Laramie.
History: The Laramie Jubilee Days celebration of Laramie, Wyoming had its beginning in 1940. It was initiated to commemorate the Golden Anniversary of Wyoming Statehood on July 10. The first ‘Equality Days’ included a fiddlers’ contest, chariot races and a giant parade. The next year the event turned into a three-day celebration and became known as Laramie Jubilee Days. Through the years, the number of days of the festivities has varied, as have the scheduled events, ranging from horse racing and horse shows to steer roping and rodeo.
B. C. Buffum took a photograph of Holt on Steamboat during that ride in Laramie, which was later used to create the symbol for the University of Wyoming Cowboys. The Buffum image also may have been one of many photographs artist Alan True used for inspiration for the original piece of art he drew that became the Wyoming license plate and ultimately the cowboy bucking horse symbol for Wyoming.
More information about Laramie Jubilee Days: http://laramiejubileedays.net/index.html