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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 (California) Stake.

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'
Deseret News 14Oct00 P2


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