At the turn of the 20th century, cattlemen’s associations voiced opposition to steer roping because of injuries to expensive cattle.
Texas, New Mexico and Arizona outlawed the popular sport. In 1907, the arena Cowboy Park was established in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, just beyond the Rio Grande from El Paso, Texas. Cowboy Park promoted steer roping, providing up-and-coming champions a training ground to hone their skills. Covering the 1880s through the 1940s, historian John Baxter couples unknown details of early cowboy tournaments and the first rodeos with borderlands history. This read is a definite for rodeo fans.