He was such a famous horse that there were actually obituaries for him in newspapers when he died.

If you're in Wyoming you've seen the image of the bucking horse and rider. It's even on our license plate.

The horse is named Steamboat and there is an interesting story behind the horse and that moment that has become the Wyoming logo.

Now there is a new book explaining it all.

From High Planes Press, whose logo is also Steamboat, comes a book by that very name.


Candy and Flossie Moulton present the story behind this horse whose likeness is the symbol of Wyoming seen on the state’s license plates and as the University of Wyoming logo.

The book traces the history of the bucking horse from his youth on the Two Bar outfit of the Swan Land and Cattle Company through his rise to the undisputed World Champion Bucking Horse.

Was Steamboat the horse who “wouldn’t be rode?” Which men climbed aboard the horse?

Who is the cowboy atop the horse on the famous logo on the Wyoming license tag?

How is Steamboat connected to Cheyenne Frontier Days, the notorious range detective Tom Horn, and the Irwin Brothers’ Wild West Show?

You’ll find the answers in this new book titled Steamboat.

The horse and that famous pose are from Chugwater, Wyoming. I'm sure the people of that little town are each going to own a copy of this book.

Chugwater was a dying town after the railroad quit stopping there and the interstate bypassed the old highway through town.

But recently Chugwater has experienced a resurgence as a new generation has begun buying up the old buildings and giving folks a reason to stop into the sleepy little town.


Painful To Watch, Chugwater Rodeo Rider Caught Under Hoof

Harding ridding at the 2021 Chugwater Chili Cookoff in Chugwater Wyoming

Chugwater's Hysterical Pie Eating Contest.

One of Wyoming's smallest towns added a new event. A PIE EATING CONTEST.

The rules are simple:

Not hands allowed.

Eat as much as you can before time is up.

The results are hysterical.

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