51 Amazing Vintage Photos of American Cowgirls

Mildred Douglas, world champion lady bronco buster, 1918
Cowgirls on Horseback
A shot captured in 1912 shows Florence LaDue and her fancy lasso skills.
Ethelyn Dectreaux, a rodeo rider, in 1935.
Actress and rodeo champ Betty Miles poses for an epic pic. 1945
Mildred Douglas Chrisman, an early cowgirl and stunt woman, rides a bull in 1930.
Famed rodeo horsewoman Mabel Strickland in 1925.
1930s rodeo gals.
1920s Hollywood gave the American cowgirl a slightly more glam look as seen on actress Dale Evans.
Cowgirl Kathleen Hudson, a member of the Junior Riding and Roping Club of Tulsa Mounted Troops, rounding up Herefords on the Oklahoma range in 1948.
A woman and her horse hurdle a convertible at a California rodeo, 1934.
In 1949, actors Wayne Burson and Wendy Waldron pose on set.
Judy Garland embodying a cowgirl
Fox Hastings, a cowgirl and trick rider, being thrown by Undertow, one of the meanest horses at the first annual Los Angeles Rodeo, 1920s.
“Ladies in Chaps”, 1920.
An 1890 publicity photo for one of America’s greatest cowgirls, Annie Oakley.
Woman’s best friend in 1940.
Kitty Canutt, “champion lady rider of the world on Winnemucca,” on a bucking bronco, in 1919.
Mildred Douglas riding wild steer, Cheyenne, Wyoming, 1917.
Anna Perry-Fiske, Hawaii’s First Lady of Ranching was a real cowgirl, 1940s.
Queeda Mantle on her way to the “Ride and Tie” rodeo in Craig, Colorado, in 1949.
World champion female bronc rider Fannie Sperry Steele (1887-1983) at the 1913 Winnipeg Stampede.
Bonnie McCarroll thrown from Silver, Pendleton, Oregon, September 1915.
Miss Mamie Francis & Napoleon, 1910s.
Margie Greenough On Bronc – 1943
Alice Greenough on bronco, 1938
Cowgirl, Prairie Rose Henderson, 1880-1939, champion bronc rider and fierce relay racer.
Cowgirls on display in Washington, DC, 1923.
Lucille Mullhall at 101 Ranch, Oklahoma, in 1909.
‘A True Girl of the West’, Del Rio, Texas, 1906.
Calamity Jane at the Pan-American Exposition in Buffalo, New York, circa 1901.
Sadie Austin in Cherry County, Nebraska, in 1900.
Harriet, Elizabeth, Lucie, and Ruth Chrisman at their sod house in Custer County, Nebraska, 1886.
Look, ma! No hands.
Buffalo Bill Wild West Show, 1907.
Cowgirl at Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Alberta, 1912
Miss Lucille Mulhall at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Alberta, 1912
Daisy Parsons at Calgary Exhibition and Stampede, Alberta, 1919
Flores La Due performing fancy rope trick at the Calgary Exhibition and Stampede. 1912
Vera Mcginnis was one of the first female riders to appear in trousers rather than a split skirt.
“The Belle of the Ranch”, 1909

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