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Buckaroo Legends of the Great Basin

The Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum was first established in 1988 and then incorporated in 1989 by Carl F. Hammond, in honor of his father, Francis Hammond. It is currently housed in the East Hall of the Convention Center in Winnemucca Nevada. There are 70 some inductees, with photos and memorabilia, in the museum. This museum preserves the Buckaroo Heritage of the Great Basin area of the west; where true legends of this great country will live on.

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The Buckaroo Hall of Fame and Heritage Museum

Legendary Buckaroo inductees are men of character who were known and admired for skills relating to the "Buckaroo" life style; old-style bronc riding, rawhide braiding, horseman skills, (roping and cattle handling), or a cowboss for a big ranching outfit. Nominees must have worked in the Great Basin area as a "Buckaroo" within roughly a 200 mile radius of Winnemucca, Nevada. To avoid conflicts of interest and problems with "politics," nominees are not accepted until 85 years after date of birth. Nominations are accepted by the board from Buckaroo Hall of Fame members only, by July 1st. Board meetings that determine annual honorees are held the 3rd weekend in July.


Great Basin

Depending on which description you go by, the Great Basin is a geographic region roughly encompassing most of Nevada, and parts of California, Oregon, Idaho, Utah and a bit of Wyoming. It was first named the Great Basin by early explorer John Fremont who discovered that no water in this region drains to the sea. Instead, rivers and creeks all end in valleys where the water evaporates. These parts of Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and surrounding states are classified “high desert”. Most of America’s wild horse herds are found in the Great Basin.



What the heck is a "Buckaroo?"

The word "Buckaroo" is descended ("Anglo-Speak!" or, Anglicized pronunciation) that evolved from the Spanish word "Vaquero" which means fine horseman and cowman ("v" is pronounced "b" in Spanish).

C. M. Russell, buckaroo artwork

In 1927 Charles M. Russell, the noted painter and interpreter of the West, commented about buckaroo's penchant for fancy gear: “…usin’ centerfire or single-cinch saddles, with high fork an’ cantle; packed a sixty or sixty-five foot rawhide rope, an’ swung a big loop. These cow people were generally strong on pretty, usin’ plenty of hoss jewelry, silver-mounted spurs, bits, an’ conchas; instead of a quirt, used a romal, or quirt braided to the end of the reins. Their saddles were full stamped, with from 24 to 28 inch eagle-bill tapaderos. Their chaparejos were made of fur or hair, either bear, angora goat, or hair sealskin. These fellows were sure fancy an’ called themselves buccaroos, coming from the Spanish word, vaquero.”

"The Cowboy", Charles Russell, circa 1889 pen & ink

In contrast, Russell noted, the cowboy "originated in Texas and ranged north." Unlike the buckaroo, "he wasn't much for pretty; his saddle was low horn, rimfire, or double-cinch." He identifies another of their salient characteristics and the reason for it: "Their rope was seldom over forty feet, for being a good deal in a brush country, they were forced to swing a small loop. These men generally tied [hard and fast], instead of taking their dallie-welts, or wrapping their rope around the saddle horn. Their chaparejos were made of heavy bullhide, to protect the leg from the brush and thorns." He goes on to note that they protected their feet "with hog-snout tapaderos," those with no flaps. These characteristics are still typical of cowboys, although the tapaderos are found only in brush country. Russell seems to have preferred the flashy buckaroo to the plainer cowboy, or at least he described the California type more fully. His use of "lass-rope" reflects the dialect of the buckaroo. Without doubt, however, he understood the differences he observed. {from book: "Vaqueros, Cowboys, and Buckaroos"}

See more information about Vaqueros / Buckaroos on the Links page.

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Memberships received after August 1st are accepted & rolled over to include the following year. Your membership contribution will support general operating costs of the Buckaroo Hall of Fame & Heritage Museum. Your contribution is tax deductible. Let Carl know if you need a tax deductible receipt.

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Buckaroo Hall of Fame logo drawing (8' x 10" framable print) by cowboy artist Larry Bute.

buckaroo logo by artist Larry Bute




buckaroo drawing by artist Larry Bute

"Three Fingered Jack"
20" x 30"

Art Print for Sale
Signature prints for sale donated by cowboy artist,
Larry Bute. $50.00 (includes shipping and handling)

All proceeds go to benefit the Buckaroo Hall of Fame Museum.
We plan to offer more art work for fund raising in the future.
We gratefully consider offers from respected buckaroo artists.

Buckaroo Legends of the Great Basin book
"Buckaroo Legends of the Great Basin" Volume 1 was introduced at the Buckaroo Hall of Fame ceremony 09-03-11. It is a nice hard cover 8"x10", 240 page book with a dust jacket, containing 82 inductees from 1990 through 2011 with photos and history. We are taking orders for this book: it would make a great gift. Cost is $110 (which includes S&H). NEW: We now have available an additional book, a 40 pg. soft bound with the 2012 and 2013 inductees at $30 ea. $2 for S&H. Email Carl to order.

"A Long Dust On The Desert" is another buckaroo book written by 2011 inductee Ed Hanks & his wife Ella, is available exclusively through the Buckaroo Hall of Fame; it is a soft cover, and is $18 (which includes S&H). It is a very nice book with (true) turn of the 20th Century buckaroo stories from Ed's exciting life as one of the early Nevada buckaroos.



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Buckaroo Hall of Fame & Heritage Museum is an IRS-designated 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible.