Taylor in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
(ca. December 1870 - March 25, 1932)
The son of a former slave, Willie M. (Bill) Pickett grew up in Taylor. Working as a cowboy in central Texas, he pioneered the art of “bulldogging,” in which a cowboy jumps from his horse to twist a steer’s horns to force it to the ground. One of the few Black cowboys on the rodeo circuit, Pickett became a sensation, performing in the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Europe. He retired in Oklahoma in 1930 and died two years later from injuries sustained in a riding accident. In 1971 he became the first African American cowboy inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame.
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission and the Woodson-Dickey History Club. (Marker Number 9320.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Entertainment. A significant historical year for this entry is 1930.
Location. 30° 34.277′ N, 97° 24.566′ W. Marker is in Taylor, Texas, in Williamson County. Marker is on North Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 N Main St, Taylor TX 76574, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this markerCity of Taylor (within shouting distance of this marker); Tex Avery (within shouting distance of this marker); Preslar-Hewitt Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Eikel-Prewitt Building (about 300 feet away); Taylor Post Office (about 600 feet away); First Presbyterian Church of Taylor (about 600 feet away); First Christian Church of Taylor (about 700 feet away); Taylor National Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taylor.
Also see . . . Bill Pickett, (a Cowboy). Williamson County Historical Commission (Submitted on March 25, 2018, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
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