One of the most versatile cowboys of the Old West was born on this date in 1906 in Utah. In his 89 years, Earl Bascom won just about every award a cowboy could win and invented the side delivery rodeo chute, the first hornless bronc saddle, and the first one-handed bareback rigging. He also produced the first rodeo performed at night under electric lights. After his active riding career, Bascom became an internationally known western artist and sculptor. In the U.S., rodeos are attended by close to 3 million people each year. About 14 percent go to these performances on a regular basis. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau online at <www.census.gov>.
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