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The eleventh annual Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated April 15-21, 2012.

Page 2 of Cowboy Poetry Week information lists more recent news, ideas for getting involved, and more. 

Find earlier 2012 news below.

Find the description of Cowboy Poetry Week and more on Page 1.

   

 


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We're honored to have the work of noted Western artist R.S. Riddick and his painting, "Heads or Tails," featured as the eleventh annual Cowboy Poetry Week poster. "Heads or Tails" was painted at Colorado's Diamond Tail Ranch. The pictured cowboy is bringing in horses the traditional way, with one halter lead. The lead rope of one horse is tied to the tail of the horse in front of it, thus the painting's title, "Heads or Tails." Read more about the art and artist here.

Posters are not sold. They are offered to libraries in our Rural Library Program and to supporters of the Center for Western and Cowboy Poetry, which sponsors CowboyPoetry.com, Cowboy Poetry Week, the Rural Library Program, and all of our programs.

 


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  Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events

News will be posted below as Cowboy Poetry Week activities are planned.

Below:

Cowboy Poetry Week News and Events

Find more recent news and events on the previous page.

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See the main Cowboy Poetry Week page here.

 


Cowboy Poetry Week News

Find more recent news and events on the previous page.

  Texas writer and poet Linda Kirkpatrick has requested a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Texas Governor Rick Perry.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/9


  Montana poet and songwriter DW Groethe has requested a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/9


   Reciter Jerry Brooks is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 2/9


  Colorado poet and songwriter Susie Knight performs her original cowboy poetry and Western songs in a special Cowboy Poetry Week program at the Florissant Library:

April 14, 2012
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Florissant Library, Florissant, Colorado ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
2:00 p.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Posted 2/13



  The
4th annual Songs of the Cowboys in Cody, Wyoming, celebrates
Cowboy Poetry Week at their event, April 20-22, 2012. Additional details are forthcoming.

April 20-22, 2012
4th Annual Songs of the Cowboys Cody, Wyoming ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

Posted 2/13
 


  Francie Ganje, broadcaster and producer and host of the Heritage of the American West Performance Series in Spearfish, South Dakota, is a prime mover in Cowboy Poetry Week activities in her region. She was the first person, in 2006, to obtain her governor's proclamation. She also obtained a proclamation from the Spearfish mayor, and has done so each year.

Francie Ganje has organized library programs and in addition to her special Cowboy Poetry Week show, and does much to promote Cowboy Poetry Week on the radio and in the area communities, including Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota.

This year's Cowboy Poetry Week show takes place Thursday, April 19 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, with Yvonne Hollenbeck:

April 19, 2012
Heritage of the American West Performance Series Spearfish, South Dakota ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

Posted 2/13


  South Dakota poet Slim McNaught, working with Francie Ganje of the Heritage of the American West Performance series (see above item) coordinates and collects proclamations from governors in Wyoming, North Dakota, Montana, Nebraska, and South Dakota. Those proclamations are displayed at the Heritage of the American West Cowboy Poetry Week show.

He is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.

[photo by Jen Dobrowski Rogers]

Posted 2/13


   Popular duo Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue (Bruce and Susan Matley, www.nevadaslim.com), poets, songwriters, and entertainers, are enthusiastic and tireless participants in Cowboy Poetry Week activities. They organize events and have engaged their Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association in the celebration. Other Columbia Chapter members are also planners and advisors.

These activities are planned, to date; information from Susan Matley:

  Poet Van Criddle is requesting a proclamation from Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber.

Singer, songwriter, poet and entertainer Lynn Kopelke, Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association President, is requesting a proclamation from Washington Governor Christine Gregoire.

Tuesday, April 17th
Dayton, Washington
Dayton Community Library, 3 PM kids cowboy poetry writing and recitation session (Bruce & Susan Matley)

Tuesday, April 17th
Prescott, Washington
Fifth annual Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Prescott Library-Prescott Rural Library's fifth annual community cowboy poetry event, 7 PM, Lions Hall, featuring local cowboy musicians and poets, poetry contest and more (Bruce & Susan Matley)

Wednesday, April 18th
Woodinville, Washington
Regional Poetic Bash sponsored by PoetsWest at Creekside (Clark Crouch is featured poet; Lynn Kopelke is also featured).

Thursday, April 19th
Dayton, Washington
Dayton Community Library, 6:30-8:00 PM, cowboy poetry reading for adults (Bruce & Susan Matley)
 

Posted 2/13


  Poet and writer Hal Swift is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

Posted 2/15


     Songwriter, singer, and poet Doc Stovall of the Booth Western Art Museum, organizer of the Annual Southeastern Cowboy Gathering is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Georgia Governor Nathan Deal.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here]

Posted 2/15


   Poet and reciter Dick Morton and poet and writer Jane Morton are pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

Posted 2/15


  Colorado poet and songwriter Susie Knight is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

Posted 2/15


   Idaho poet Bobbie Hunter  is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Idaho Governor Butch Otter.

Posted 2/15


  Arkansas poet and songwriter Paul Harris is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe.

Posted 2/15


  Radio host Totsie Slover will pursue a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez.

Posted 2/15


    Poet and storyteller Marci Broyhill (www.marcibroyhill.com) is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman.

Posted 2/15


   Poet and songwriter Jay Snider is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

Posted 2/16


  North Carolina poet and reciter Keith Ward is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

Posted 2/16


   Utah poet Stan Tixier is another hard-working organizer of Cowboy Poetry Week events at area libraries each year. For 2012, he has set up these events:
 

April 16, 2012
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County Main Library  Ogden, Utah  ~
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Monday, April 16, 7 PM, Main Library, 2464 Jefferson Ave., Ogden, UT, 84401

Coyotee Moon (Lisa Stubblefield, Steve Lewis, Terry Lewis), music; Steve Spencer, cowboy poetry.
 

April 17, 2012
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Ogden Valley Branch Library  Huntsville, Utah  ~
Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Tuesday, April 17, 7 PM, Ogden Valley Branch, 131 S, 7400 E Huntsville, UT 84317

The Drifter and Miss Judy (Judy and Jan Erickson), music; Sam DeLeeuw, cowboy poetry.
 

April 18, 2012
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County North Branch Library  North Ogden, Utah  ~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

Wednesday, April 18, 7 PM, North Ogden Branch, 475 E, 2600 N, North Ogden, UT, 84404

Dave Anderson, music; Stan Tixier, cowboy poetry.
 

April 19, 2011
Cowboy Poetry Week at the Weber County Southwest Branch Library  Roy, Utah 
~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

Thursday, April 19, 7 PM, Southwest Branch, 1950 W, 4800 S, Roy, UT, 84067

Brian Arnold, music; Bob Christensen, cowboy poetry.

Posted 2/20


   Radio broadcaster Jarle Kvale of KEYA Public Radio is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple.

Posted 2/22


  Dianetribitt2007.jpg (18039 bytes)  Poet and songwriter Diane Tribitt is pursuing recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton.

Posted 2/22


    Poet and songwriter Robert C. Atkin is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

Posted 2/22


   Poet and humorist Jerry Schleicher is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Missouri Governor Jay Nixon.

Posted 2/23


  Colorado poet and songwriter Susie Knight received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 2/23


   Popular, multi-award winning cowboy poet Yvonne Hollenbeck will appear at the special Cowboy Poetry Week show Heritage of the American West Performance Series in Spearfish, South Dakota, Thursday, April 19 at the High Plains Western Heritage Center in Spearfish, South Dakota.

April 19, 2012
Heritage of the American West Performance Series Spearfish, South Dakota ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

Posted 2/27


  Poet and writer Hal Swift received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval.

See the proclamation here.

Hal Swift reports that he is presenting Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval's Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation to Julie Machado, Manager of the Spanish Springs Library, Washoe County Library System. She, in turn, will distribute copies of the proclamation to all interested Washoe County branches.

Posted 2/27


Singer, songwriter, poet and entertainer Lynn Kopelke, Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association President, has received a proclamation from Washington Governor Christine Gregoire.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 2/27


 Oregon poet, songwriter and singer Lonnie Shurtleff will present a cowboy poetry workshop at the La Grande City Library,  April 19, 2011

April 19, 2012
Cowboy Poetry Workshop at the La Grande City Library La Grande, Oregon  ~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

From Lonnie Shurtleff:

Grande Ronde Cowboy Poetry Workshop

The La Grande City Library is offering an informal and informative workshop for everyone interested in participating in Cowboy Poetry Week (April 15-21, 2012). This event will take place Thursday, April 19, starting at 1:00 PM.

This fun and exciting workshop will cover:

What is Cowboy Poetry?
The history of Cowboy Poetry
Creating and performing Cowboy Poetry
Cowboy Poetry resources available at the library?

This workshop will include entertainment by Lonnie Shurtleff (The Eclectic Cowboy), and will conclude with a mini-show featuring local cowboy entertainers.

Cowboy Poetry Week is celebrated each year during April (National Poetry Month in the United States and Canada). 2012 marks the eleventh year of this celebration, which was initiated by CowboyPoetry.com in 2002. In 2003 the United States Senate passed a resolution, with unanimous approval, recognizing the cowboy Poetry Week celebration.

We invite all local schools and libraries to participate in Cowboy Poetry Week. For more information, contact Lonnie Shurtleff at lonnietheeclecticcowboy@yahoo.com.
 

Posted 3/1


   Totsie Slover's Real West from the Old West weekly radio program will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week on its April 18th program. The program regularly airs Western Swing, Western Music, and cowboy poetry, including tracks from The BAR-D Roundup.

Shows are available live and on-demand for one week.

See our feature about Real West from the Old West here and visit www.realwestoldwest.com and Totsie Slover's blog, realwestoldwest.wordpress.com.

Posted 3/5


  Jim and Andy Nelson's Clear Out West (C.O.W.) weekly syndicated radio program will celebrate Cowboy Poetry Week on its program for the week of April 16. The program is broadcast to a number of stations during the week.

On their show each year for Cowboy Poetry Week, the C.O.W. boys include many cowboy poetry tracks (this year from The BAR-D Roundup: Volume Seven) and songs that were once poems.

The following week, April 23, the program will be available at the C.O.W. web site and remain available in the show's archives.

See our feature about Clear Out West (C.O.W.) here and visit clearoutwest.com.

Posted 3/5


  North Carolina poet and reciter Keith Ward received Cowboy Poetry Week recognition from North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue.

She writes, in part:

Cowboy poetry celebrates our country's heritage and the pioneering spirit that built our great nation. It represents the rich rural life of many diverse cultures and celebrates the stories that came from life on the frontier. Cowboy poetry helps preserve this unique part of our past for future generations.

See the letter here.

Posted 3/12


   Poet and songwriter Jay Snider received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 3/12


    Jarle Kvale, host of Back at the Ranch at North Dakota's KEYA Public Radio will be celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week on his April 21 show, with extra poetry tracks.

Find more about the show, which is available on demand in podcasts, here.

Posted 3/12


  Tommy Tucker's Western Heritage live radio show from Lewiston, Idaho, celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week on his program April 13, with an interview with CowboyPoetry.com.

Find more about the show here.

Posted 3/12


Find more about the show here.

Posted 3/12


  California DJ Marvin O'Dell's Around the Campfire show, available on the internet, celebrates Cowboy Week on the show for the week of April 16. He will "...alternate each song played with a poem. I will air 3 hours during the week. So with 16-18 spots for playing selections per hour, that means about 25-26 different poems will air..."

Wyoming poet Rhonda Sedgwick Stearns is pursuing a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Wyoming Governor Matt Mead.

Posted 3/14


  Wyoming poet, humorist, emcee, and radio host Andy Nelson will appear at the Sublette County Library for a Cowboy Poetry Week program:

April 19, 2012
Cowboy Poetry at the Sublette County Library  Pinedale, Wyoming

From Andy Nelson:

Andy Nelson will be celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week and National Poetry Month with a family performance at the Sublette County Library in Pinedale, Thursday April 19, at 6:30 PM. We’ll be hitting the folks hard with cowboy poetry, humor, and tales of cowboy lore. BYOR (Bring Your Own Rope).

Posted 3/14


    Waynetta Ausmus' Storytime  show on KJIM, 1500 AM, out of Sherman/Denison, Texas, celebrates Cowboy Week on the show for the week of April 15, with The BAR-D Roundup on the playlist.

Find more about the show here.

Posted 3/15


  Montana poet and songwriter DW Groethe received a letter of recognition for Cowboy Poetry Week from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer.

The letter reads, in part:

Cowboy poetry has a rich history in Montana and is an integral part of our cultural legacy. I am proud of our numerous well-respected contemporary cowboy poets and look forward to the next generation of storytellers from Big Sky County.

See the letter here.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 3/16


  South Dakota poet Slim McNaught, received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard.

The proclamation highlights the work of the High Plains Heritage Center and the Heritage of the American West performance series.

See the proclamation here.

[photo by Jen Dobrowski Rogers]

Posted 3/19


Singer, songwriter, poet and entertainer Lynn Kopelke, Columbia Chapter of the Western Music Association President, sends a report on the chapter's Cowboy Poetry Week activities:

Oregon and Washington are gonna' be a rockin' to the poems of the West the third week in April.

Governor Christine Gregoire has issued a proclamation making April 15-21, 2012 Cowboy Poetry Week.

Getting things started early, cowboy poet Ned Bodie will be the featured artist at the Golden Art Gallery in Goldendale, Washington on Thursday April, 12th, at 5:30 PM.

Sunday April 15th finds some of the best local musicians and award winning cowboy poet Michael Whitaker kicking off the week at The City Hall Saloon and Eatery, outside Enumclaw, Washington, at 4:00 PM, with other performers to be announced

Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue will be spreading the word starting the 17th at the Dayton Memorial Library at 3pm with an event for the kids and at 7pm the whole family can come out for an evening of genuine western entertainment at the Prescott Rural Library for the Fifth Annual Prescott Library Cowboy Poetry Celebration.

South of the border (by that I mean Oregon) Duane Nelson will be performing at the Wasco County Library, April 18 at 7:00 PM.

On the 18th, Poets West will sponsor the Regional Poetic Bash at the Creekside in Woodinville, featuring the "Poet Lariat" himself Mr. Clark Crouch. Get there early. You never know who else might show up.

On the 19th Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue will be back in action at the Dayton Community Library from 6:30-8:00pm.

Coyote Joe Sartin will join Duane Nelson April 20-21 at Rowdy Barry's Charity Ride and Branding.

The La Grande City Library will host a Cowboy Poetry Workshop starting at 1:00 PM and featuring none other than Lonnie "The Eclectric Cowboy" Shurtleff.

Come on out and join the fun!


Thursday, April 12th
Goldendale, Washington
Golden Art Gallery, with cowboy poet Ned Bodie at 5:30 PM

Sunday, April 15th
near Enumclaw, Washington
The City Hall Saloon and Eatery, some of the best local musicians and award winning cowboy poet Michael Whitaker at 4:00 PM, with other performers to be announced

Tuesday, April 17th
Dayton, Washington
Dayton Community Library, 3 PM kids cowboy poetry writing and recitation session with
Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue

Tuesday, April 17th
Prescott, Washington
Fifth annual Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Prescott Library-Prescott Rural Library's fifth annual community cowboy poetry event, 7 PM, Lions Hall, featuring local cowboy musicians and poets, poetry contest and more with Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue

Wednesday, April 18th
The Dalles, Oregon
Dalles-Wasco County Library cowboy poet Duane Nelson, 7:00 PM

Wednesday, April 18th
Woodinville, Washington
Regional Poetic Bash sponsored by PoetsWest at Creekside (
Clark Crouch is featured poet; Lynn Kopelke is also featured).

Thursday, April 19th
Dayton, Washington
Dayton Community Library, 6:30-8:00 PM, cowboy poetry reading for adults with
Nevada Slim and Cimarron Sue

Thursday, April 19th
La Grande, Oregon
La Grande City Library a Cowboy Poetry Workshop starting at 1:00 PM and featuring Lonnie  Shurtleff.

Friday and Saturday, April 20th and 21st
Kennewick, Washington
Rowdy Barry's Charity Ride and Branding. with Coyote Joe Sartin and Duane Nelson

Updated 4/5


  Poet David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, is working with Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam on a Cabinet resolution for Cowboy Poetry Week.

Posted 3/22


   Oklahoma poet and songwriter Jay Snider performs at the Andarko Community Library on April 19, 2012 at 6:30 PM, in a celebration of Cowboy Poetry Week.
 

April 19, 2012
Cowboy Poetry  at the Andarko Community Library  Andarko, Oklahoma  ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 

Jay Snider received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin. See the proclamation here.

Posted 3/26


  Musician, singer, songwriter, and reciter Rex Rideout (www.timetravelmusic.com) is a regular organizer and participant in Cowboy Poetry Week activities. In 2012, those include:
 

April 19, 2012
Cowboy Poetry  and Music at the Park County Library  Cody, Wyoming  ~ Celebrating
Cowboy Poetry Week

April 20-22, 2012
4th Annual Songs of the Cowboys Cody, Wyoming ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week


April 25, 2012
Cowboy Poetry and Music at the Gunnison Public Library  Gunnison, Colorado ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
(with
John Nelson)

Posted 3/26


  The Western Music Association recognizes Cowboy Poetry Week on their web site: www.westernmusic.com.

Posted 3/26


  The Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week:

April 27-28, 2012
14th Annual Missouri Cowboy Poetry Festival  Mountain View, Missouri ~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week

From Jennie Cummings:

Date: April 27 -28, 2012. Mountain View, Missouri, Community Center
24 Cowboy Poets - Presented by the Mountain View, Mo. Arts Council with a grant from the Missouri Arts Council.

Friday- April 27, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday - April 28, 2012 at 9:00 am - 10:00 p.m.

Mountain View, MO is 100 miles east of Springfield, MO and 100 miles west of Poplar Bluff, Missouri.

Director: Jennie Cummings 417-934-2213
Linda Lewis at Chamber of Commerce 417-934-2794
Jerry Schleicher 816-741-2773

Posted 3/26


  Poet David L. Carlton, seventh-generation Floridian raised in the cattle industry, obtained a cabinet resolution for Cowboy Poetry Week from Florida Governor Rick Scott, with the help of Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam and Director of Cabinet Affairs Jim Boxold.

Florida's ranching history dates back five centuries.

This is the first successful request for recognition from the State of Florida, and this resolution brings the number of states' governors who have issued Cowboy Poetry Week proclamations to twenty three.

See the proclamation here.

Posted 3/29
 


   Poet and reciter Dick Morton and poet and writer Jane Morton  have received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Arizona Governor Jan Brewer.

The proclamation is forthcoming.

Posted 4/2


   Reciter Jerry Brooks has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert.

The proclamation is forthcoming.

[photo by Jeri L. Dobrowski; see her gallery of western performers and others here.]

Posted 4/2


  Hooker, Oklahoma's Olive Warner Memorial Library celebrates Cowboy Poetry Week with its fifth annual event, April 21, 2012.

From their announcement:

    Poet and songwriter Robert C. Atkin has received a Cowboy Poetry Week proclamation from Kansas Governor Sam Brownback.

The proclamation is forthcoming.

Posted 4/2


Find more recent news and events on the previous page.

 

Cowboy Poetry Contest has room for others! That's the announcement of the Olive Warner Librarian in Hooker, Oklahoma. Past cowboy poetry contests and cool prizes have caused some murmuring amongst the NON cowboy types. Since "THEY" want a contest too, this year the Library is running the poetry contest for entries in Cowboy and Other—that is, Traditional type poetry such as "roses are red, violets are blue" or the epic "Lady of the Lake." Such was the advice given by the old
cowboy who snorted and said, "Well, then just name it: Cowboy Poetry and OTHER!"

With short poems, Longfellows (hehheh), cowboy or traditional, folks are lining up to drop their entries into the mail to Olive Warner Memorial Library. And we know the library is ready for them since Guymon, Oklahoma's Tractor Supply has donated prizes for the event, just to prove they have what we need out here.

The winners of the contest will be announced in an open mic session at the library on April 21, Saturday at 2:30 pm at the library in "downtown" Hooker, Oklahoma where you can also borrow a great book of cowboy poetry to enjoy, check out past performers on The BAR-D Roundup CDs, or enjoy a classic Baxter Black or Janet Eggleston poem.

While we have posted one version of how Hooker, Oklahoma may have gotten its name, we also offer this alternate version, from documentation of a member of the Hooker family: Mrs. J. K. Reynolds of Morris says she got this story from her cousin, Arthur L. Hooker, concerning his grandfather Thomas Oscar Hooker. When T.O. Hooker was 16, he hunted buffalo in the Oklahoma Panhandle, Colorado and Kansas in the late 1800s. The buffalo tongues were salted down in wooden boxes and sent back east to be sold as a delicacy. Indians would sneak into camp at night and steal the salted tongues. One night T.O. Hooker hid and when a stealthy figure approached and opened the first box, he jumped up and slammed the lid down on an Indian who was attempting to steal the tongues. The screams woke the whole camp. Indians ceased to bother the buffalo hunters and 16-year-old Hooker was acclaimed a hero. Henceforth they referred to the camp as Hooker Camp.

Well, however the town got the name, we know its 1728 residents really love their cowboy and "non" poetry.

April 21, 2012
Fifth Annual Olive Warner Memorial Library Cowboy Poetry Week Celebration Hooker, Oklahoma
                                                                                                    
~ Celebrating Cowboy Poetry Week
 



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