Ruth Scantlin Roach Salmon (1896-1986) Collection

About Ruth Scantlin Roach Salmon

World champion rodeo performer Ruth Salmon's 24-year career began in 1914 and ended in 1938 when she retired from the rodeo and started a ranching business in Nocona with her husband, Fred Salmon. She is an inductee into the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and traveled the world with the Buffalo Bill Wild West Show and The 101 Real Wild West Show.

Bronco riding was her favorite event, although she performed and won championship titles in other areas (as Ruth Roach). During her career, she won the titles of World's Champion All Around Cowgirl, World's Champion Trick Rider, and World's Champion Girl Bronc Rider. These 73 photographs are a sample from the collection of papers and photographs that she donated to the University of North Texas Archives in 1985.



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