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A Brief History of the Stock Show

From 1896 to 2012

By Justin Hinton
|  Monday, Jan 9, 2012  |  Updated 12:06 PM CDT
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A Brief History of the Stock Show

Fort Worth Stock Show

A team of horses carry a wagon -- and driver -- during an event at the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. (Courtesy of Fort Worth Stock Show)

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Over the years, the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo has changed in size and scope. It's undergone several name changes and has added events to accommodate the new space. As it continues to expand, who knows what records it will break and who else will receive inspiration from this special event.

Here is a list of some of the most notable dates in Stock Show history:

1896: The first Stock Show takes place in March in North Fort Worth.
-- The second show, held October 12-13 to coincide with the National Livestock Exchange
-- Convention meeting featured the first parade

1901: Officially adopts the name Texas Fat Stock Show

1907: Admission charged for the first time: 25 cents

1910: First automobile exhibit debuts at the Stock Show

1911: Former president, Theodore Roosevelt is the guest of honor

1916: Miller Brothers 101 Ranch Wild West Show featured "the first cowgirl" as deemed by Will Rogers

1918: Stock Show adopts Southwestern Exposition and Fat Stock Show as official name

1927: Bareback Bronco riding added to rodeo events

1932: First live radio broadcast of a rodeo [NBC through Amon Carter's Fort Worth affiliate WBAP       (We Bring A Program)]

1943: Stock Show canceled due to World War II

1944: Stock Show moves to Will Rogers Memorial Center
-- Gene Autry becomes first entertainer to appear at a rodeo

1946: 50th Anniversary of the Stock Show

1958: Fort Worth Rodeo is the first to receive complete live national television coverage

1984: Amon G. Carter Jr. Exhibits hall opens

1987: The Stock Show adopts Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show as official name

1996: Stock Show celebrates its centennial

2002: Stock Show expands to 23 days with record-breaking 951,000 visitors

2008: Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo inducted into Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame

2011: 25th Anniversary of Fort Worth Calf Scramble

For a full history, click here.

Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo:
For the latest on the 116th Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo click here to see our special section. View videos, photos, and stories about the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo which runs from Jan. 13 to Feb. 4, 2012.

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