The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage

This home movie contains black-and-white, silent footage of a rodeo in Texas, likely held at E.H. Marks’ ranch, the LH7. The footage highlights the events of the day, beginning with the riders making their entrance onto the rodeo grounds. Several rodeo events are featured, including cattle branding, calf roping, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, and bull riding. Multiple participants also perform tricks for the crowd, from rodeo clowns to special acts. The rodeo grounds of the LH7 Ranch were claimed by the United States Army Corps of Engineers during World War II to create flood reservoirs along Buffalo Bayou in order to protect the war industries of Houston from flooding. Marks abandoned the LH7 rodeo when the land was claimed, indicating that this film was likely shot in the early 1940s, before the rodeo was shut down in 1945.

1 comment on “The Marks Family Films, no. 4 – Rodeo Footage”

  1. Kirby Cannon

    Can I please have a copy of this emailed to me for the Shultz/Marks Family Reunion?

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