Born Mary Treadwell, Bonnie McCarroll grew up on an Idaho cattle ranch. At 16 she married Frank McCarroll a world champion steer wrestler. Bonnie won two cowgirl bronc riding championships, one at Cheyenne, Wyoming, and a second at Madison Square Garden. She achieved national fame from the Walter Bowman photo of her fall at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1915. Fourteen years later she was killed at the same rodeo when the bronc she was riding cartwheeled and crushed her. At the time, Bonnie᾽s stirrups were ‟hobbled together,” a technique common with women bronc riders; however, this technique locked her feet in a manner, that when injured, her feet were caught and she rolled under the bronc and was trampled. After this incident, rodeo officials eliminated women’s bronc riding as a competitive sport.
This Bonnie McCarroll History Mug is part of our Rodeo series which includes many unique rodeo stars. Activities involved in the practice of herding cattle were the basis of what became modern day rodeos. Nowadays cowboys and cowgirls compete in steer wrestling, saddle bronc riding, bareback bronc riding, team roping, tie-down roping, bull riding and barrel racing.
The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history. The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton. He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone. The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.
- Mugs are food and microwave safe.
- To preserve photographic quality we recommend hand washing.
- Mugs are usually shipped within 3-5 days.