Reliving America's frontier days has been a trying task ever since Hollywood Westerns fell out of vogue and horses learned to use the Internet. Saddle up and head west with this Groupon.
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Guests sift through the rich history of rodeo and the American West as they wander among permanent exhibits such as the Hall of Champions—artifacts and equipment that document the careers of notable riders, announcers, and rodeo clowns. Rotating exhibits include the current showcase honoring Chris LeDoux, telling the story of this singer, songwriter, and bronc rider with photographs, artwork, and records. Children 5 and younger receive free admission.
ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy
To some, the West was a wasteland. To others, including legendary showman and cowboy Buffalo Bill Cody, it held a poetic, almost esoteric power with its "strong characters, its stern battles, and its tremendous stretches of loneliness." Although the face of the West has changed tremendously since the great westward sprawl, the legend of the cowboy lives on in the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy. Among its halls, the story of this cultural mainstay explodes, relaying the dangers of the rodeo and its lasting impact on Western American culture through exhibits that teem with history and rare artifacts.
The expansive Hall of Champions honors rodeo's famous cowboys, clowns, and announcers, including funnyman Jon "Chipmunk" Taylor and Frank Schneider, an award-winning rider who set a world record in 1932 for steer decorating. Among the attire and equipment of these respected individuals, sculptures of harrowing rodeo events explore the sport's history. The Heritage Hall, meanwhile, tells a different tale. Here, an exploration of design changes in saddles, hats, chaps, and other equipment across the decades documents the sport's evolution. In honor of those who made the ProRodeo Hall of Fame possible, the memorial Founders Hall swells with cast-iron busts decked out in high-crowned cowboy hats, crisp collars, and hopelessly stiff ropes, introducing guests to the notable individuals and organizations who helped bring this museum to fruition.
Yet the ProRodeo Hall of Fame and Museum of the American Cowboy does more than tell the story of events past. During warmer months, guests can wander to the outdoor garden exhibit's Priefert Arena to take part in team roping events, Wild West shows, and convention rodeos. The gift shop helps guests live their cowboy dreams and look their best when meeting a rival under the high-noon sun by offering rodeo souvenirs and Western clothing.