Summarized by Michael Nielsen
Mormon Cowboy Selected for Cowboy Hall of Fame
CALIENTE, CALIFORNIA -- Earl Bascom has become the first Mormon
inducted into the Cowboy Memorial Museum, located in Caliente
California. Paul de Fonville, director of the museum, called Bascom
"one of the great pioneers of rodeo -- a cowboy through and through."
Bascom, who died in 1995 at the age of 89, made important
contributions to the sport of rodeo. In 1924 he invented the first
one-hand bareback rigging, which remains a standard for bareback
bronc riding. He worked on large ranches, including the million-acre
Scorup Ranch in Utah, and the Knight Ranch in Canada. In the LDS
church, he served for many years as patriarch of the Victorville
The Cowboy Memorial Museum is known for honoring legends in the sport
of rodeo, for its unparalleled collection of branding irons, and for
its annual "Cowboy Chuckwagon Dinner."
Hall picks 'Mormon Cowboy'
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