The Inspiration
Montie Montana, the father of Montie Jr., saw the original show in the early 1900's with his father who was a Whip Crack Artist, horse trader and a "Sky Pilot," the term used then for horse-back preachers.  Montie Sr., born in 1910, would herd his Dad's horses, and to pass the time picked up trick roping.  He got his first job in Miles City, Montana in 1925, and performed in rodeos for 72 years through 1997 when he appeared at the Pendleton Roundup and others to standing ovations.  Montie Sr. is remembered for his 60 years of riding in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses, and performing for over 8 million school children.  Montie Sr. died May 20th, 1998 and over 500 attended his Cowboy Funeral in Chatsworth, California.  Montie Jr. had performed with his Dad at Rodeos, drove stagecoach for his Dad's shows, and heard many stories from the old timers about the Buffalo Bill and 101 Ranch Wild West Shows.  In 1958, while stationed at Fort Carson, Colorado, Montie Jr. was asked to re-enact a wagon train attack for the Pike's Peak Centennial.  The show was so well received, that Montie Jr. was sold on producing a Wild West Show, and taking it on tour.

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