West of the Pecos Rodeo
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West of the Pecos Rodeo

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The story of Pecos dates back to around 1873; the famous Chisholm Trail, Goodnight-Loving Trail, and Butterfield Overland mail route all crossed right here. It wasn't long before Pecos grew into a supply town for the many ranches within a 100-mile range. But when you get a bunch of cowboys together, some fights are bound to happen. Thanks to the “Law West of the Pecos,” things were kept in check, outside of a few gunfights. (You can still see the bullet holes in the West of the Pecos Museum.) Then a more friendly competition sprung up, and on July 4, 1883, Pecos was home to the world’s first rodeo. Excitement filled the dusty air and braggin’ rights were on the line to find out who was the best cowhand in the West. And since it was a holiday, folks came from all over the area to see how their favorite cowboys would fare. Today the annual West of the Pecos Rodeo is one of the PRCA’s top 40 prize-money rodeos and is known as the oldest event in the sport, showcasing the best cowboys and bringing together a tightly knit community for a fun-filled week of Wild West festivities.



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