Bill Linderman


Each year we'd find a way to go
to the Red Lodge Rodeo.
To Red Lodge with its hundred bars;
with streets jam-packed with fan-packed cars.
Better than the country fair;
long lost friends, you'd find 'em there.
The Lindermann and Greenough clans
would be there thrilling all us fans;
and every time those men would ride,
the stands would rock with home-town pride.
We watched each conquer and succeed;
and cheered as each man took the lead.

And part of us made every ride...
I guess you'd call it home-town pride.
When they'd win then we'd win too,
for they were hometown boys we knew...
they were us and we were them,
and for a time, we too would win....
Places, faces we all knew...
were those our home-town riders knew.
Our cheers were loud and riotous,
but were they not, in part, for us?
Bette Wolf Duncan 2001

         Statue of Bill Linderman that stands in front of the rodeo gallery,
National Cowboy Museum in Oklahoma City, OK.


Red Lodge is called "Home of Champions.''   Every year,  one of the more anticipated events was the Red Lodge Rodeo.  This rodeo had outstanding contestants including Bill and Bud Linderman and Turk, Alice, Marge and Deb Greenough. Bill Smith is listed in record books as being from Cody , Wyoming; but folks around Red lodge know that Red Lodge is where he hails from.

Here is a list of some of their credits: 

BILL LINDERMAN....Tabbed the original "King'' of professional rodeo by his peers. Won seven world titles during his career in three different events. All-around world champion in 1950 and 1953. In 1950, Linderman accomplished something no cowboy has done since. He won world titles at both ends of the arena,  in steer wrestling and saddle bronc riding.  World champion bareback rider in 1943 and 1945.

BUD LINDERMAN      Saddle Back Champion   1945, 1950  Bare Back Champion 1951
TURK GREENOUGH   Saddle Back Champion  1933, 1934, 1936
ALICE GREENOUGH  World Bronc Riding Championship titles in 1933, 1935, 1936 and 1941.  Alice Greenough was the first cowgirl
inducted into the  Cowgirl Hall of Fame in Hereford, Texas, in 1975.                      
DEB GREENOUGH      World Bareback Championship 1993. (Deb Greenough qualified for the National Finals Rodeo 13 times.)
MARGE GREENOUGH  Inducted into the Cowgirl Hall of Fame in 1978.     
BILL SMITH  World Saddle Bronc titles in 1969, 1971 and 1973.                                           
          All are in the Cowboy or Cowgirl Hall Of Fame.