- Spanish Roots: Rodeos began in Spain, and the tradition migrated to the United States with Spanish explorers by way of Mexico. The first documented American rodeo occurred in Arizona in 1864.
- Female Riders: Though initially rodeo riders were strictly men, in 1890 women riders started infiltrating the scene.
- Rodeo Vaudevillians: Before the World War I era, many rodeo performers could not live on rodeo earnings exclusively. Many supplemented their rodeo income by becoming vaudevillian performs, one of America’s earliest forms of comedic performance.
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