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History of the National Western Stock Show

Our History

National Western Stock Show in 1908

Learn more about the the colorful history of the National Western Stock Show, Rodeo and Horse Show, which will celebrate its 107th birthday in 2013!
Begin by reading The First 25 Years at the National Western

Historic Badges

See our Historic Badges from 1944 to 2006.
See historic NWSS badges

Historical Photo Gallery

View our Historical Photo Gallery
National Western Historical Photo Gallery

Timeline

See how the National Western Stock Show has changed over the years by browsing our timeline from 1899 to 2010. Here are some excerpts:
1906
First show opened on Monday January 29 and ran for six days. Attendance was estimated at 15,000 and the Grand Champion steer sold for 33 cents a pound, 23 cents over the market price!
1931
The 25th National Western presented the first Rodeo in conjunction with the Livestock and Horse Show.
1954
The Westernaires made their first appearance at the Rodeo.
1981
The show increased to 12 days and included 21 Rodeo performances. A still-standing record of $301,000 was paid at auction for a Hereford bull.
2006
National Western celebrates its 100th anniversary! The show’s attendance reached 726,972 for the 16-day show and the grand champion steer sold for $75,000 or $58 per pound!

Citizen of the West

Citizen of the West

The Citizen of the West, selected by a committee of community leaders, is an annual award given to individuals who embody the spirit and determination of the western pioneer, and who are committed to perpetuating the West’s agricultural heritage and ideals.

Frederic C. Hamilton is our 2014 Citizen of the West!



Halloween Stories

2013 - Stadium Arena Ghost Story

Riding High Book

Riding High Riding High
Colorado Ranches and 100 Years of the National Western Stock Show


Contact Audrey Hall to get your copy today at 303-299-5556