Santa Clara Heritage
Stories from our past, connecting our future.
The Ole Rodeo Grounds were up on the hill somewhere west of the Santa Clara Heights Archie Gubler Park Every Thanksgiving Day our town held a rodeo. The profits went towards the LDS Ward budgets. This gave all the kids an opportunity to be a real cowboy or cowgirl. It was not uncommon for two of three kids to ride out on the chutes on the back of a steer, Landon Frei was the rodeo announcer, He always had great stories to tell concerning the local cowboys. Many of the young men in the Shivwit band of the Southern paiute tribe participated in the rodeo.
The younger contestants looked forward to the chicken chase. Many young people took home chickens to our own coops as a reward for our efforts.
As the Santa Clara Heights housing area developed, the rodeo arena was moved downtown to Boot Johnson’s nice new rodeo grounds on the rocks. It continued to be held there for many years. Local cowboys from all over the country came to compete for prizes.
This one of our cherished hometown traditions from the past.