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Taylor in Williamson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bill Pickett

(ca. December 1870 - March 25, 1932)

 
 
Bill Pickett Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith Peterson, June 28, 2007
1. Bill Pickett Marker
Inscription. 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 the Texas Historical Commission and the Woodson-Dickey History Club. (Marker Number 9320.)
 
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.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City of Taylor (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);
“The First Bulldogger, Bill Picket” image. Click for full size.
By Michael Stroud, circa November 1998
2. “The First Bulldogger, Bill Picket”
10 foot high 1986 bronze by Lisa Perry is in North Forth Worth, Texas. It depicts Bill Picket wrestling a steer to the ground. The inscription reads “The first bulldogger, W. M. ‘Bill’ Picket (1870–1932) originated the rodeo event of bulldogging, known today as steer wrestling....”
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); Dr. James Lee Dickey (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Taylor.
 
Also see . . .
1. Handbook of Texas - Bill Pickett. (Submitted on September 10, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.)
2. The Bill Pickett incident:. A U.S. stamp repeats—and then corrects—an error in the historical record. (Submitted on May 29, 2009.) 
 
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Bill Pickett Postage Stamp, ca. 1994 image. Click for more information.
3. Bill Pickett Postage Stamp, ca. 1994
the revised stamp that replaced the initial recalled stamp on which Bill Pickett's brother Ben was illustrated.
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The original, incorrect stamp image. Click for full size.
From the Collection of the United States Postal Service
4. The original, incorrect stamp
featuring his brother, Ben Pickett.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas. This page has been viewed 4,414 times since then and 100 times this year. Last updated on November 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1. submitted on September 10, 2007, by Keith Peterson of Cedar Park, Texas.   2. submitted on December 20, 2007, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.   3. submitted on May 29, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on May 29, 2009. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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