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Frontier Day, 1910

Standing on the fourth step of the bunting bedecked gazebo-like structure immediately in front of the grandstands is former president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. In 1897 Frontier Day, the world's greatest rodeo, was established as a result of a suggestion by Frederick W. Angier, Traveling Passenger Agent of the Union Pacific Railroad, to the editor of the Cheyenne Daily Sun-Leader. The celebration was inspired by Greeley, Colorado's "Potato Day." By the following year, the town was able to attract an audience of 6,000 to Wm. F. Cody's Wild West Show and Congress of the Rough Riders of the World, which the previous year had played for the Queen's Jubilee. In 1903 the rodeo was attended by the President of the United States, T. Roosevelt. President Roosevelt and his party rode horseback to Cheyenne from Laramie. See picture below. In 1915 the celebration's name was changed to Frontier Days. It hasn't looked back since, outlasting the demise of popular shows such as Pawnee Bill's, Cody's Wild West Show in 1913, and the most popular of all, the Miller Brothers 101 in 1929.