The Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame & the Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum invite you, your family, friends, and neighbors to the Utah Cowboy Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. This will be the kick-off event for Ogden Pioneer Days will take place at 7:00 pm on July 8th at the Union Station, 2501 Wall Avenue. It will be hosted by Angie Burton, a former Miss Rodeo Ogden and Miss Rodeo Utah.
The Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum honors men and women whose lives exemplify the independence and resilience of the people who settled Utah, and includes artists, champions, entertainers, musicians, ranchers, writers, and those persons, past and present, who have promoted the Western way of life.
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
The Utah Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum is proud to announce the following 2016 inductees to their Hall of Fame:
- Marvin Dunbar (deceased): Marvin was a charter member of the Cowboy Turtle Association that evolved into the PRCA, being the all-around champion cowboy for Utah for 7 years running. He was proficient in all eight-rodeo events in addition to performing as a trick rider, trick roper, rodeo clown and judge.
- Don Kennington (deceased): Don was and extraordinary horse shoer who taught the skill at Weber State College for 16 years. He was a well-known, award winning cowboy poet who performed throughout the west.
- Mary Shaw-Drake: Mary won the Utah High School Rodeo Queen title in 1994. She won many queen titles throughout the state and won Miss Rodeo Utah and was crowned Miss Rodeo America in December 1997. She traveled more than 100,000 miles during 1998 promoting the sport of rodeo. Mary currently resides in Ogden, Utah.
- Norman “Shorty” Thompson (deceased): Shorty owned and operated a cattle ranch in Pleasant View for sixty years. He not only hosted the first Utah High School Rodeo but promoted rodeo and western style of life. His team of horses and wagon was present at parades throughout Utah.
- Kenneth Woolstenhulme: Ken won eighteen championships in bareback, bull riding, and all-around categories in the Rocky Mountain Rodeo Association between 1956 and 1972. He then became a pick-up man starting at the amateur level and moving up to the PRCA. He currently resides in Oakley, Utah.
- Cody Wright: Cody is a two time World Champion Saddle Bronc Rider and resides in Milford, Utah.
It has been five years since the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame was established to honor those individuals who had contributed to the Western life style within Utah. The committee became aware that there were many individuals who have made significant contributions to the Western way of life, many of whom have been deceased for years. It was determined to have an Emeritus category where some of these individuals could be honored for their impact on the West.
Those honored this year are:
- The Bascom Family: Though their western influence was most prominent in Canada, the family started out in Utah, moving to Canada when they were young. They did much to promote the cowboy culture not only in Canada, but in Utah and other states as well. The rodeo family consisted of their father, John W. Bascom, born in 1869 in Utah. He lived in Uintah County, Utah as a young man where he became a rancher and a lawman, serving as a deputy Sheriff who chased members of the Wild Bunch. He took his family to Canada in 1949.
- J. Raymond “Tommy” Bascom, born in 1901. Rodeo champion in all competitive categories; member of the rodeo historical society; movie actor; and inductee of the Sports Hall of Fame.
- Melvin “High Pockekts” Bascom. Born 1903. International rodeo contestant in all facets of rodeo; rodeo committeeman; rodeo producer; stock contractor; rancher; western movie actor; rodeo historical society member; Sports Hall of Fame Inductee.
- F. Weldon “Preacher” Bascom, born 1912. Rodeo champion who participated in all competitive categories; champion; rodeo producer; stock contractor; rodeo announcer; rodeo newspaper reporter; and inductee to the Sports Hall of Fame.
- Earl W. Bascom: born 1906, was also a member of this family. He was a champion, inventor, artist; published writer and rodeo historian. He has been inducted into the Utah Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum Hall of Fame. He has also been inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
- Charles Redd: Operated large ranching operations in Southeastern Utah. Expanded his herds into Western Colorado. Helped organize and then presided over the National Wool Marketing Association, and served three terms in the Utah Legislature. He Established the Lemuel H. Reed Chair in Western History, and the Charles Reed Center for Western Studied at Brigham Young University.
- Albert Scorup: A pioneer Utah rancher who ran one of the largest cattle operation in the nation, with livestock ranging over much of Southern Utah. He was elected to the Oklahoma Cowboy Hall of Fame where his memory is honored by the cattle industry.
Come help us welcome these deserving inductees July 8, 2016 at Ogden’s beautiful Union Station. The event is open to the public and there is no fee to attend.
We look forward to honoring this years luminaries who have promoted the Western way of life.