Meet Bill “The Bull-Dogger”, Georgetown Pioneer

Bill Picket "The Bull-Dogger"

In his quest to become the best Georgetown moving company Sir Austin first had to survey the scene and knowing the landscape of an area can help you prepare a move. However sometimes you just have to blaze a new trail, and that’s exactly what Georgetown Texas native Bill Pickett did in the rodeo industry. Born into slavery, Bill Pickett defied all odds by becoming one of the most prolific rodeo performers the world over. Pickett became famous for a type of cowboy bull taming called bull-dogging and even went on to make a Hollywood film by the same name titled Bill “The Bull-Dogger”.

The Bull-Dogger Movie Poster

The Bull-Dogger Movie Poster

Bill Pickett was born to former slaves and was the second of 13 children. Although Pickett only completed a 5th grade education he had a plan, and that plan was to be a cowboy. After becoming famous for inventing Bull-Dogging, Bill became a constant on the rodeo scene, touring and performing at rodeos across the country. Bill invented the art of “Bull-Dogging” after he witnessed herding dogs taking control of cattle after biting their upper lips. Upon being noticed by talent scouts, Bill took his act on the road by performing as the “Dusky Deamon”, tamer of cattle. Because Pickett was an African American, many circuits wouldn’t let him compete and he was forced to claim that he was partial native american to bypass this problem. It really does show you how far we’ve come!

Bill Picket Historical Marker Bill Picket Historical Marker in Georgetown

Bill Pickett was only 16 years old when he discovered the art of bulldogging. Pickett noticed that when the steers would run into the brush he could catch and hold them with his teeth. In a later conversation a friend by the name of Bill Brown told Pickett to try it again and he was able to subdue 3 steers to the ground upon command. Soon after that Pickett moved to Nashville, Tennessee and started performing his bulldogging act for massive crowds.

Bill Pickett Rodeo Show Poster Bill Pickett Rodeo Show Poster

Pickett continued traveling and performing for a number of years and eventually retired to a ranch in Oklahoma that he owned. Bill Pickett was accepted into the National Rodeo’s Hall of Fame as a certified American Cowboy and he also acheived a number of other awards including a few lifetime acheivement awards and a number of different rodeo trophies. Bill Pickett is just one of the many African Americans that have helped to make great strides in racial integegration. We want to fire off a 21 gun solute for the original Georgetown Cowboy. Bang, Bang, Bang …

Bill Pickett: The Bull-Dogger

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