Bronco Buster sculpture

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Bronco Buster & On the War Trail


In the early 1920s, Denver sculptor Alexander Phimister Proctor was commissioned to create two bronze sculptures for Civic Center Park: Bronco Buster and On the War Trail. The works depict a cowboy and a Native American warrior, both paying homage to Colorado's Wild West roots. Fun fact: Proctor’s model for the cowboy, Bill 'Slim' Ridings, was arrested for cattle rustling before the statue was done. Proctor bailed Ridings out so he could complete the statue.

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