Bill Pickett, steer wrestling pioneer

April 21, 2016

picket-film-cardIn my book Cowboy Up! Ride the Navajo Rodeo, I salute Bill Pickett, the fearless cowboy of Cherokee and African American descent.

Pickett practically invented steer wrestling. The rodeo star, who died in 1932, is honored on a U.S. postage stamp. For a three-dimensional tribute, check out his action statue in the Fort Worth stockyards.

Here, the “History Detectives” share what they learned when they investigated Bill Pickett’s saddle. Was it his?

You can even watch film footage of Mr. Pickett roping a steer in the movie “The Bull-dogger,” made in 1921.

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...