Traditions

UW's Logo - Steamboat

Steamboat
"Fanning a Twister"

One of the nation's best, and most distinctive logos, the image on Wyoming's uniforms depicts a cowboy riding a bucking horse. This symbol has been a part of the University of Wyoming Athletics Department since the early 1920's, when UW Equipment Manger Deane Hunton obtained a photograph of a cowboy, Guy Holt, riding the world famous bucking horse Steamboat. Steamboat was born on a ranch between Laramie and Bosler in 1901, and is regarded as one of the greatest bucking horses ever. Hunton traced the photo, and had it made into a logo, that was utilized by UW athletic teams. In later years the symbol more closely resembled the logo on the state's automobile license plates which was a depiction of another horse and rider. That bucking horse also was world famous and was called "Deadman".

While there are differing opinions on exactly which horse and rider is depicted on all of UW's athletic uniforms today, it is the symbol that is important. The bucking horse and rider represents the toughness, and the never-say-die spirit that is Wyoming.

The horse and rider that Hunton traced was of Steamboat with Holt hanging on. The photo was taken at the Albany County Fairgrounds in 1903. The symbol that is currently utilized more closely resembles the bucking horse and rider on the State of Wyoming's automobile license plates. That design was developed by the then Secretary of State, Lester C. Hunt (who later became the Governor of Wyoming, and a U.S. Senator) in 1935. It was his idea to use the bucking horse and rider. The horse and rider he utilized for the license plates differs fom the Steamboat image. For the plates, Hunt used a photo of a rider named "Stub" Farlow, and a horse called "Deadman". Deadman belonged to the Jackson Hole Frontier Association. The bucking horse and rider first appeared on the Wyoming license plate in 1936.

A statue honoring the symbol called 'Fanning a Twister', was erected at the north entrance of UW's athletics facilities in 1991.


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