National Western Statue
Public Art: National Western Statue
Sculptor: © Herb Mignery
Description: A Bronze statue of a (a
life-and-one-quarter-size) cowboy with, gun in holster, lasso over shoulder and stetson on his head gazing
into the distance.
Location: On the corner of Broadway and Tremont St
(Sertoma Square) in a rebuilt rock planter immediately northeast of the Brown Palace Hotel.
Commissioned By: National Western Stock Show Association
History: The statue was
commissioned by the National Western Stock Show Association in celebration of its 100th anniversary and
symbolizes the role it played in Denver's Western heritage. The "not for profit" organization was incorporated on
March 10, 1906. The first show opened on Monday, January 29, 1906 near Denver Stockyards on South Platte River,
with an attendance of 15,000. Stockmen came from Omaha, Kansas City, Chicago and some eastern cities to attend the
Today, the two-week show is held at the National Western Complex and is billed
as the largest livestock exhibition in the world, packed with nonstop shows and demonstrations. The event
attracts well over 600,000 people each year. National Western's Mission Statement is "To preserve the western
lifestyle by providing a showcase for the agricultural industry through its emphasis on education, genetic
development, innovative technology and offering the world's largest agricultural marketing opportunities."