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Prairie Rose Henderson

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Prairie Rose Henderson made a name for herself during the golden age of rodeo as a champion bronc rider. She became a fierce relay racer, dazzling the crowds not only with her daring feats in the arena but also with her fashion sense and flair for beautiful and inventive performance costumes. 2008 Cowgirl Honoree –...

Esther Hobart Morris

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Hailed as a civil rights leader, Esther made significant headway in the fight for women’s suffrage when her influential efforts made it possible for women to vote in the Wyoming Territory in 1869. Her triumph there set a course for equality that would not be fully realized in the rest of the United States until...

Arlene Kensinger

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Although this cowgirl’s resume reads long and broad, Arlene is commonly known for her work with Cheyenne Frontier Days, where she acted as chief goodwill ambassador. Her interest in rodeo started as a teenager, and she dallied in trick riding and barrel racing. Arlene rode in the 1958 Brussels World Fair before adding trick water...

Elsa Spear Byron

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Born in 1896 into one of Wyoming’s first ranching families, Elsa acquired her first Brownie camera when she was twelve. She began a career that spanned more than eighty years, documenting a vanishing way of life with photographs of the lives of the Crow Indians, ranchers and the everyday life around her. Elsa was an...

Agnes Wright Spring

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Agnes’ childhood memories of her parents’ stage-line stop, combined with her degrees in English and history, led her to author more than twenty books, over 600 feature articles and fiction stories, a play, and countless shorter articles in professional journals about the West. The only person to be the official historian of two states, Colorado...

Margaret Peg Coe

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As chair of the Buffalo Bill Memorial Association Board, Peg engineered and guided the completion the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyoming. She began a lifelong relationship with the Buffalo Bill Museum as a volunteer when her mother was secretary of the association and her father was editor of a weekly newspaper. After she...

Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns

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Rhonda grew up on a Wyoming ranch learning almost every aspect of ranching and rodeo life starting from the time she could first sit on a horse. She began young, winning her first horsemanship award at two, and went on to be a champion barrel racer, a rodeo queen, rodeo organist, published western writer and...