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Cowboy Hall of Fame

About the Cowboy Hall of Fame

The Cowboy Hall of Fame honors and recognizes the most outstanding and important figures in the region. Below is a listing of the Cowboys by the year in which they were inducted.

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2013 Inductees Announced

The Kansas Cowboy Hall of Fame and ITC Great Plains are proud to announce the 2013 Inductees.

Entering the Hall of Fame this year are: Bobby Berger-Rodeo Cowboy, Stan Herd-Cowboy Artist/Entertainer, Jim Sherer-Cowboy Historian, Marshal and Kenneth Hoy-Working Cowboy, and Ray Adams-Cattleman/Rancher

All Inductees will be honored…

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Year inducted: 2013

Ernie Love - Rodeo Cowboy

“I lived, breathed, ate and slept to be a cowboy and to rodeo."

Ernie Love was born June 3, 1934, in Hutchinson to Raleigh and Mary Love  and was raised at El Dorado. Love always wanted to be a cowboy and milked cows by hand at nine-years-old to…

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Year inducted: 2012

Willis Ray Negus - Working Cowboy

“I give all the credit for my career to my parents, friends, horses, dogs, my wife Mary and the Good Lord."

On Feb. 26, 1946, Willis "Ray" Negus was born to Willis R. and Annie Ola Negus in Fort Pierce, FL. From childhood, Ray always wanted to be…

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Year inducted: 2012

William F. Ebbutt - Rancher/Cattleman

“My girls can do anything boys can do."

William F. "Bill" Ebbutt was born Feb. 25, 1892 in Geary County, to John and Maria Ebbutt. He went to school at the Ebbutt School on land which his father donated. Though he did not graduate from the eighth grade,…

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Year inducted: 2012

John F. Vallentine - Cowboy Historian

“It was the cattleman rather than the cowboy that was the central character on the ranching frontier."

On August 1, 1931, John Franklin "Frank" Vallentine was born in the Lexington Community of Clark County to John Fillmore and Venna Eletha Irene Vallentine. He was raised on a stock…

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Year inducted: 2012

Geffrey Dawson -  Cowboy Entertainer


"No matter what brand you ride for, give 'em 110 percent."

Geffrey Bert "Geff" Dawson was born Feb. 8, 1961 in Abilene, Kansas to Glen and Joan Dawson. He was raised on the rural outskirts of that famous cattle town of Abilene. In 1979, he graduated…

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Year inducted: 2012

Charlie Norton - Cowboy Artist

"[Horseshoeing] keeps me grounded to the past."

Charlie Norton was born Nov. 25, 1942 in Scott City, KS to Walter and Francis Norton. He spent his early years in Leoti and Wallace County, KS. He went to work for Asher Crowley in the late 1950's and early 1960's.…

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Year inducted: 2011

Joseph McCoy - Cowboy Historian

“Among the earliest vocations spoken of by the sacred historian is that of the producers of livestock...."


On December 21, 1837, Joseph Geiting McCoy was born on a farm in Sangamon County, Illinois to David and Mary (Kirkpatrick) McCoy. He schooled in the local area and…

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Year inducted: 2011

George Herrmann - Rancher/Cattleman

“Little did I know."

George Herrmann was born on April 18, 1924, in Hodgeman County, to John Henry and Mary Elizabeth (Lobmeyer) Herrmann. George grew up on the family farm near Kinsley, Kansas. On October 7, 1948, he married Rita Pauline Vogel at Wright, KS. They lived in…

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Year inducted: 2011

Harold Grinstead - Working Cowboy

“I've been roping since I've been big enough to throw a rope."

On April 6, 1915, Harold Riley Grinstead was born to William and Elsa Grinstead in Deerfield, KS. In 1921, the family moved to Colorado. At 14, he entered his first rodeo. He married Hazel Heckart on…

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Year inducted: 2011

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