Earl W. Bascom

Earl W. Bascom

     Earl Bascom was born in a log cabin in Utah in 1906 and raised on a ranch in Canada, son of a Deputy Sheriff and grandson of a Mormon pioneer, cousin to artists Frederic Remington and Charles Russell. He had a wide range of western experience as a saddle maker, professional bronc buster, cowpuncher, trail driver, blacksmith, freighter, stagecoach driver, miner, trapper, wolf hunter, wild horse chaser, rodeo champion, cattle rancher, dude wrangler and Hollywood movie actor with Roy Rogers.

     A talented all-around rodeo champion inducted into four Halls of Fame, Earl Bascom rodeoed for twenty-five years from 1916 to 1940, gaining international acclaim, winning second place in the North American Championship, setting a new world record, and placing third in the Championship of the World.

         Earl is known in rodeo history as the inventor and maker of the first hornless rodeo saddle in 1922 and the first one-handed bareback rigging in 1924, both of which are now used world-wide in all professional rodeos. Earl and his brothers, known as the "Bronc Bustin' Bascom Boys" were rodeo pioneers who designed and constructed history's first side-delivery rodeo chute in 1916, produced Mississippi's first rodeo in 1935, which was history's first outdoor, night rodeo, held under electric lights.

     Earl is an internationally known artist and sculptor Roy Rogers, TV and movie star, said of Earl in 1968, "Earl Bascom is a walking history book. His knowledge of the Old West was acquired the old-fashioned way - he was born and raised in it."