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About This Site

Cavalry from Fort D. A. Russell, Frontier Day Parade, 1910.

The troops from Fort D. A. Russell have participated in Frontier Days from the very beginning. The parade has, as indicated by the following photos, been an important feature of the celebration from the beginning.

1st Cavalry from Fort D. A. Russell, Frontier Day Parade, Capital Avenue, approx. 1910.

76th Field Artillery from Fort F.E. Warren, Memorial Day Parade, 17th Street, 1937 Photo by A. E. Gordon.

The 76th Field Artillery when battery "A" fired off the cannon to signal the start of the first show.

76th Field Artillery Frontier Park, 1939. Photo by A. E. Gordon.

American Legion, Frontier Day Parade, 17th Street, 1937 Photo by A. E. Gordon.

Cowgirls in Frontier Day Parade, stereograph by Ed Tangen, 1907.

For discussion of Ed Tangen, see previous page.

Harry Tipton on Gin Fiz, 1908, photo by J. E. Stimson.

Gin Fiz was one of C. B. Irwin's horses. In many instances, the horses were a bigger attraction than the riders. Thus, in the caption for the Harry Tipton postcard above, Stinson writes only of Gin Fiz and nothing of Tipton:


This is an exceptionally bad actor, and is considered one of the best performers. He is known as a high bucker from start to finish, usually landing his rider before exhausting his different stunts.
Each "OutLaw" has some peculiar un-taught action; all its own forming an interesting study and an exiting exhibition.

The Official Program (as published by a local restaurant) for the third day of the 1908 Frontier Days celebration listed the events and prizes. Events were designed to appeal to all tastes. It was not necessarily politically correct, discriminating in the prizes given to Native Americans and featuring such events as a "Squaw Race" and "Wolf Roping":

Event No. 1 - Spectacular Galloping Parade of 1000 Cowboys and Cowgirls.

Event No. 2 - Cow Pony Race. One-half Mile. 1st, $40; 2nd $25; 3rd $10.

Event No. 3 - Indian Pony Race. One-half mile: 1st $10, 2nd $7, 3rd $3.

Event No. 4 - Exhibition of Fancy Shooting by Capt. [A. H.] Hardy, champion of the world.

Event No. 5 - One Mile 1st: $120,; 2nd $60; 3rd $20. Free for All

Event No. 6 - Steer Roping.

Event No. 7 - Attack and Burning of Fontier Cabin By Indians, repulse cowboys.

Event No. 8 - Ladies Cowpony Race, 1st $45; 2nd $20; 3rd $10.

Event No. 9 - Exhibition Drill by U.S. troops from Camp Crawford.

Event No. 10 - Indian War Dance.

Event No. 11 - Exhibition of Hitching and Driving a Wild Horse. 1st, $40; 2nd $25; 3rd $10.

Event No. 12 - Squaw Race, One-Half Mile, 1st $10; 2nd $7; 3rd $3.

Event No. 13 - Denver Post Ladies' Race. Purse, $300 and $200 cup. 1st $150 and cup; 2nd, $100; 3rd $50. Event No. 14 - Steer Roping Contest, 1st $240; 2nd $90; 3rd, $50; 4th, $20.

Event No. 15 - Bucking Contest.

For World's Championship. 1st, $75 and $250 saddle; 2nd, $75; 3rd, $70; 4th, $60; 5th, $50; 6th, $40. To owner of worst horse, $25.

Event No. 16 - Wolf Roping. Free for All.

Event No. 17 - Wild Horse Race. Half-mile Dash. 1st $75; 2nd $25; 3rd, $15; 4th, $10.

Event No. 18 - Supper at KABIS' CAFE.

Opppsite the U.P Depot.

Next page: Frontier Days continued, Midnight the Bucking Horse, Pete Knight, Wilf Carter.