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On the Rodeo Trail with The Rifleman..... 1959 ― 1960's
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The Rifleman - On the rodeo trail

Left ― You see Lucas (Chick Connors) and Mark (Johnny Crawford) greeting the people at a rodeo.

Right ― You see an Indian (Archie Butler) chasing Mark (Johnny Crawford).  Where is Lucas?

The Rifleman - On the rodeo trail

Left ― The Indian (Archie Butler) is getting ready to hit Mark with a tomahawk.  Where is Lucas?

Right ― You can see the Indian (Archie Butler) chasing Mark.  You can see Lucas on the right shooting the Indian off the horse.

Wouldn't this had been neat to see this?

Rodeo Thrills First-Night Crowd

By Don Roberts
Deseret News Staff Writer
The Deseret news - Jul 19, 1960

Salt Lake City rodeo fans were treated to a full fare of entertainment, both exciting and comic, at the Monday night opening of the days of '47 rodeo. A capacity crowd of approximately 9000 fans thrilled to the action at the Utah State Fairgrounds. Everything from dangerous brahmas bull riding to an intermission appearance by TV western star Chuck Connors was presented during the varied and colorful show.

Balmy weather and a large assemblage of youngsters gain the seven day long annual feature attraction of the Pioneer Day celebration just the start it needed. The kids came in droves to see "The Rifleman" -- Chuck Connors and from the reaction in the stands, they liked what they saw. With 181 entrants, the rodeo "stole the show." But there was plenty of added spice by way of top variety acts to keep the most confirmed city-dudes entertained.

Precision Drill
"The Silver Spurs," a posse composed of Salt Lake County women, provided a precision drill exhibition on horseback. The colorful and expensive fittings for their horses and their excellent drilling brought an enthusiastic response from the audience. The Flying White Horses-- a unit of eight girl bareback riders and eight albino white horses highlighted the between events acts. A horse which did about everything but emcee the show, Sir Rodger, also provided a highly entertaining variety act. Trained by Bill Busehbom, the horse pranced through a routine that we have many vaudeville acts reeling with jealousy.

TV Stars Appear
Former baseball star Connors and his TV son Johnny Crawford didn't disappoint the sleepy eyed-youngsters who sat through two hours of show for the appearance of the Brooklyn born cowboy. Connors demonstrated his fast shooting rifle technique, sang a duet with 14-year-old Crawford and ended his performance by rendering the poem "What's a Boy?"

Almost every major rodeo champion in the world was present to compete for the fat $1500 prize money. They will continue to compete through the final day of the rodeo next Monday, with a day off Sunday. Tuesday night dance will be treated to a guest appearance by Gene Fullmer National Boxing Association middleweight champion.

A rodeo wouldn't be complete without the ever-colorful clowns. Buddy Heaton, Kansas, made his appearance in just a little different way though. The highflying sawdust laugh-raiser wrote a buffalo into the arena.

On the Trail of The Rifleman
Johnny sing and Chuck doing his thing

On the trail to Walla Walla, Washington
Walla Walla on April 2, 1960

On the set with Archie Butler

On the set with Joe Benson

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