For nearly a half-century, Las Vegas, New Mexico, held "Wild West" adventures rivaling Cheyenne's Frontier Days, the Calgary Stampede, and Oregon's Pendleton Round Up. The San Miguel County seat annually hosted full-dress cowpunchers, Native Americans, ranchers, dance bands, artists and writers, moviemakers, and rodeo performers. The Las Vegas Cowboys' Reunion became legendary in western lore, drawing such ten-gallon names as Tom Mix, Jim Shoulders, Montana Belle, Prairie Rose Henderson, and Roosevelt's Rough Riders. Dick Bills and his nephew, Glen Campbell, played at the "Big Balls," and the reunions drew famous western artists, such as Randall Davey. Join author Pat Romero for these reunion tales based on Git Fer Vegas, Cowboy!, the exhibit she curated at the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection.
About the Author
Edwina P. Romero, writing as Pat Romero, earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from California State University Dominguez Hills, her Master of Arts degree in English from New Mexico Highlands University, and her PhD in English from the University of New Mexico. She has published personal and scholarly essays, short fiction, and historical articles. After retiring from academia, Romero turned to research and museum work. Currently, she is affiliated with the City of Las Vegas Museum and Rough Rider Memorial Collection in Las Vegas, New Mexico. This story of the Las Vegas Cowboys' Reunion is based on the exhibit she curated, Git Fer Vegas, Cowboy! This is her second book.