Stories from the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros

Tales from the Morgue presents some glimpses from the first Fiesta de Los Vaqueros in 1925.

Tales from the Morgue: The first Fiesta de los Vaqueros

The very first Fiesta de los Vaqueros began Feb. 21, 1925, the brain child of Leighton Kramer and the Arizona Polo association.

Tales from the Morgue: Visitors crowd hotels for opening of rodeo in 1925

Parade prizes for everything from the most typical cowboy to the fattest and skinniest horses and 25-cent taxi rides for those without cars were some of the incentives for the first rodeo parade.

Tales from the Morgue: Rodeo contestants included some of the 'best boys in the game'

Contestants and performers in the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros included many who were considered the best in the business. Among them were an Indian chief, a woman and a clown.

Tales from the Morgue: Bulldogging from an automobile

The rodeo parade heralding the first Fiesta de los Vaqueros, Feb. 21-23, 1925, was a hit, as was the first day of the rodeo itself, attended by approximately 5,000 people.

Tales from the Morgue: Even the British are enthusiastic about the rodeo

"It is not easy to move a stolid race like the British to lyric enthusiasm," but Tex Austin's rodeo exhibition in Wembley, England, did just that.

About this blog

"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com

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