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History: Everybody’s there

Aspen Historical Society
Special to the Sun

Aspen Historical Society

While the Snowmass Rodeo celebrates 40 years of bronco busting, its roots go a little farther back in history. An article from the Aspen Democrat on Friday, July 20, 1906, advertises “Bronco Busting” at J.R. Williams Ranch, which was located up the old Snowmass area just on the other side of the divide.

“There will be something doing at Williams’ ranch next Sunday. An extensive program of bronco busting, calf roping and other feats that cowboys delight in has been arranged. The ten-mile bridge has been repaired and the road will be in good shape for all kinds of vehicles. There will no doubt be a large gathering at the ranch as a number of Aspen citizens have signified their intention of going and it is a sure thing that everybody living in the vicinity of the ranch will be there.”

This image was taken circa early 1900s during one of the many years they hosted such events on the ranch.

Editor’s note: This page is a partnership between the Snowmass Sun and the Aspen Historical Society with two primary goals in mind: to improve the knowledge of Snowmass history in the region and to collect historical photographs of the Snowmass region for the society. If you have pieces of history to donate, please send them to archives@aspenhistory.org or call 970-925-3721.


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