"Welcome to the McCain Ranch"
On the Rodeo Trail with The Rifleman.....
1959 ― 1960's
2 of 6 pages
Left ― You see Lucas (Chick Connors) and Mark
(Johnny Crawford) greeting the people at a rodeo.
Right ― You see an Indian (Archie Butler) chasing
Mark (Johnny Crawford). Where is Lucas?
Left ― The Indian (Archie Butler) is getting ready
to hit Mark with a tomahawk. Where is Lucas?
Right ― You can see the Indian (Archie Butler)
chasing Mark. You can see Lucas on the right shooting the
Indian off the horse.
Wouldn't this had been neat to see this?
Rodeo Thrills First-Night Crowd
By Don Roberts
Deseret News Staff Writer
The Deseret news - Jul 19, 1960
Salt Lake City rodeo fans were treated to a full fare of
entertainment, both exciting and comic, at the Monday night
opening of the days of '47 rodeo. A capacity crowd of
approximately 9000 fans thrilled to the action at the Utah State
Fairgrounds. Everything from dangerous brahmas bull riding to an
intermission appearance by TV western star Chuck Connors was
presented during the varied and colorful show.
Balmy weather and a large assemblage of youngsters gain the
seven day long annual feature attraction of the Pioneer Day
celebration just the start it needed. The kids came in droves to
see "The Rifleman" -- Chuck Connors and from the reaction in the
stands, they liked what they saw. With 181 entrants, the rodeo
"stole the show." But there was plenty of added spice by way of
top variety acts to keep the most confirmed city-dudes
"The Silver Spurs," a posse composed of Salt Lake County women,
provided a precision drill exhibition on horseback. The colorful
and expensive fittings for their horses and their excellent
drilling brought an enthusiastic response from the audience. The
Flying White Horses-- a unit of eight girl bareback riders and
eight albino white horses highlighted the between events acts. A
horse which did about everything but emcee the show, Sir Rodger,
also provided a highly entertaining variety act. Trained by Bill
Busehbom, the horse pranced through a routine that we have many
vaudeville acts reeling with jealousy.
TV Stars Appear
Former baseball star Connors and his TV son Johnny Crawford
didn't disappoint the sleepy eyed-youngsters who sat through two
hours of show for the appearance of the Brooklyn born cowboy.
Connors demonstrated his fast shooting rifle technique, sang a
duet with 14-year-old Crawford and ended his performance by
rendering the poem "What's a Boy?"
Almost every major rodeo champion in the world was present to
compete for the fat $1500 prize money. They will continue to
compete through the final day of the rodeo next Monday, with a
day off Sunday. Tuesday night dance will be treated to a guest
appearance by Gene Fullmer National Boxing Association
A rodeo wouldn't be complete without the ever-colorful clowns.
Buddy Heaton, Kansas, made his appearance in just a little
different way though. The highflying sawdust laugh-raiser wrote
a buffalo into the arena.
Character Actors Index
Have you ever been watching TV or a movie and wondered who is that guy?
Chit Chat & things worth mentioning
around The McCain Ranch