Fort Pierre, South Dakota: Rodeo Champion Weather Vane

Captured in mid-buck, life-size Casey Tibbs and his mount Necktie swivel with the prairie wind.
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US Hwy 83, Fort Pierre, SD
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In town, on the west side of US 83, between 3rd and 4th Aves.
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Rodeo champion weather vane. Rodeo Champion Weather Vane

Stopped here on our way to the South Dakota capitol. We checked -- it still swivels, just like a real rodeo champion. Also look for a small buffalo just south along U.S. 83.

[SteveC, 08/31/2009]
Wind rotated statue. Rodeo Champion Rides with the Wind

In Fort Pierre, there is a monument to Champion Rodeo Rider, Casey Tibbs, 1929-1990. It is a life-sized, fiberglass sculpture of a cowboy on a bucking horse.

I got out of my car to snap a picture of this and wondered why they would position it so that it was facing away from the road. As soon as I snapped my picture and got back in my car, I saw it move. It is designed to swivel in the wind like a wind vane. It would be fun to watch with some serious, gale-force winds.

[Nathan Forrider, 10/13/2002]

The statue used to stand outside of a shopping center -- where its swivel had broken -- but it has been restored and moved to a small park. It recreates a photo of Tibbs' most famous rodeo ride, aboard the bronc Necktie. Real horse hair was reportedly used in Necktie's mane and tail. Tibbs died watching the Super Bowl on TV.

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