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Tex Austin Scrapbook Collection

Identifier: AC 364-S

Scope and Content

Collection consists of scrapbooks of newspaper clippings from across the United States, photos, and programs regarding the annual Chicago Roundup of Tex Austin, and its participants. Also included are clippings from Austin's England Imerial Rodeo (Wembley, UK) and his New York Rodeo at Madison Square Garden.


  • 1922-1929

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Duplication allowed for research purposes. User responsible for all copyright compliance.

Biographical Information

Tex Austin, "King of the Rodeo" and former owner of the Forked Lightning Ranch in New Mexico, was a famous rodeo promoter. From 1925 to 1929 he was promoter, manager and director of the Chicago Roundup. Prior to that, he had taken his rodeo to Wembley, England, where they performed before the king and queen in 1924. His rodeo also performed in New York's Madison Square Garden and in Hollywood.

Austin considered himself just another cow hand and is said to have punched cattle all over the Southwest, including riding for the famous Mexican cattle king Don Luis Terrazas. In 1936 he retired to his home in Rowe, New Mexico, with his wife Mary Lou McGuire of Albuquerque. They opened a retaurant in Santa Fe called "Tex Austin's Los Rancheros." He died at his home in Santa Fe, 26 October 1938, of monxide poisoning at the age of (ca.) 50.


15 Scrapbooks

Separated Material

Scrapbook 2 of loose photos of cowboys and cowgirls was transferred to the Photo Archives


Contact Information

  1. Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
  2. The Palace of the Governors
  3. P.O. Box 2087
  4. Santa Fe, New Mexico 87504-2087, U.S.A.
  5. Phone: (+)505.476.5090
  6. Fax: (+)505.476.5053
  7. Email:
  8. URL:
Guide to the Tex Austin Scrapbook Collection, 1922-1929
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Repository Details

Part of the Fray Angélico Chávez History Library Repository

Fray Angélico Chávez History Library
New Mexico History Museum
113 Lincoln Ave
Sante Fe NM 87501 USA
(505) 476-5090