The 2009 Rodeo marked the 50th running of the rodeo
honoring what historians have described as the birthplace of rodeo — the
once mighty 101 Ranch.
The fabulous 101 Ranch, with a 50-year history both rich and tragic,
influenced Oklahoma and agriculture like no other ranching operation in
The 101 Ranch, established by Col. George W. Miller in 1879 on the banks
of the Salt Fork River southwest of what is now Ponca City, began with
thousands of acres of land which Miller both leased and purchased from
his friends — the Ponca, Tonkawa and Osage tribes.
The Colonel, who died in 1903 at the age of 61, and the ranch, which was
already successful came into the capable hands of his sons, George, Joe
‘Round-Up’ Was First Rodeo
It was 1905 when the Millers offered to perform what they called a
“round-up” or “buffalo chase” as an entertainment incentive for a
National Editorial Association convention. Visitors were said to come to
the ranch in 30 regular and special trains, and the crowd estimated at
nearly 60,000 was thrilled to the exhibition of cowboys recreating real
life ranch work from bronc riding and roping to Tom Mix’s debut as a
roper and rider.
After years of success as the “101 Ranch Real Wild West and Great Far
East Show” things at the ranch began to crumble in the late 1920s, due
to the deaths of Joe in 1927 and George in 1929.
But the rodeo returned to the Ponca City scene.....In late 1959, Allan
W. Muchmore, president of the chamber of commerce envisioned the plan of a rodeo
as a part of the Cherokee Strip Celebration and appointed Scott Hancock as
president of the Ponca City Rodeo Foundation, a subsidiary of the Chamber of
Commerce formed for the purpose of promoting and sponsoring rodeo here in Ponca
City. The rodeo returned during the Cherokee Strip Celebration in September
1960. By 1962 the financial success of the Cherokee Strip Rodeo proved that
people wanted the return of a show similar to the 101 Ranch Real Wild West Show
and the history now continues on.
101 wild west rodeo history By year
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