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 Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett

Birth
Williamson County, Texas, USA
Death 2 Apr 1932 (aged 61)
Marland, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
Burial Marland, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 811 · View Source
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Western Rodeo Figure. Born of black and Indian descent at the Jenks-Branch community on the Travis County line, Texas, he was a legendary old west cowboy. Known as the "The Dusky Demon", he gave exhibitions in Texas and throughout the West. His performance at the Cheyenne Frontier Days in 1904, America's best known rodeo at the time, was considered extraordinary and spectacular. In 1905, he joined the Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch Wild West Show and was a top bulldogging steer wrestler exciting rodeo attraction. He later performed throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, South America and England and became the first black cowboy movie star. While roping horses in a rodeo near Ponca City, Oklahoma, he was kicked in the head by a stallion and died eleven days later. He is the first African American cowboy to be inducted into the National Cowboy and Rodeo Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City. He also was inducted into the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame, Prorodeo Hall of Fame and was honored with his face on a U.S. postage stamp in 1994.

Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 1 Jan 2001
  • Find A Grave Memorial 811
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Bill Pickett (5 Dec 1870–2 Apr 1932), Find A Grave Memorial no. 811, citing White Eagle Monument, Marland, Noble County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .