Days of ’76 Rodeo – Series 1

The Cowgirls

The Cowgirls of the Days ’76 Rodeo

The 92nd, Days of ’76 celebration in Deadwood, South Dakota hosted two parades and their award winning rodeo in July and we attended the Saturday afternoon PRCA (Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association) event. As with the South Dakota High School Rodeo Finals (follow this link to see the first post in that series),I will also present these events and rides as a series.

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The Beginning of the End

The Beginning of the End

Head Over Heels

Head Over Heels

Not to worry, this cowboy brushed himself off and walked off into the sunset.

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Please visit the other posts in this series:

Series 2 – Bareback Rides

Series 3 – Steer Wrestling/Bulldogging

Series 4 – Saddle Broncs

Series 5 – Saddle Broncs

Series 6 – Flying Cowboy Rodeo Show

Series 6 – Finale

14 thoughts on “Days of ’76 Rodeo – Series 1

  1. Deadwood and the general neighborhood I remember as being fun, wandered through there in the mid 80’s, stayed a few days on the edge of the Badlands rubbing up against the bison, or rather watching them rub against telephone poles and RVs in the campground.
    Leaning more towards Indians than cowboys, I combed the gleaming wind polished piles of jasper atop the grassland hills looking for usable stone to make tools with.
    Deadwood was fun, there are still mental images of some of the Black Hills Sioux inspired art in my head.

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    • I’m guessing that Deadwood has changed quite a bit from when you visited in the ’80’s. Downtown is filled with small casinos and, from what I understand, is in definite need of diversification. I hope they find it, I’m pretty fond of this little town with a big history.
      Your story reminded me of a time I spent camping at Theodore Roosevelt National Park and had taken a stroll to do some birdwatching. I headed back to my camper and a HUGE bison was right next to my camper, rolling in the dirt and bellowing. I got the sense he was flirting and I slowly moved away, so as not to interrupt. Luckily, unrequited love sent the big boy packing, which made me, and the two cats inside feel a great sense of relief!
      I hope to spend more time down in The Badlands, hopefully on a stormy day with great lighting so as to catch some of the magnificent colors of that magical place.

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      • It’s an amazing landscape, I can only imagine what it might be like in wilder weather than I saw. I believe I stayed at Sage Creek campground in Badlands NP, and woke one morning to a brief loud ‘whooshing ‘ sound, opened my eyes and there was the looming shadow of a bison on the tent wall. You were fortunate, I watched one use an RV as a scratching post, it set the rather large rig rocking pretty good!

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