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Bill McCarty, Medora, N.D.
Bill McCarty, Medora, N.D.
TitleBill McCarty, Medora, N.D.
Date of Original1948
CreatorRoberts, Harry
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionBill McCarty stands in a Medora street with DeMores Park visible behind him.
Ordering Information
General SubjectPeople
Parks and forests
Subject (LCTGM)Parks
Portrait photographs
Cowboy hats
Personal NameMcCarty, Bill
LocationMedora (N.D.)
Item Number2003-P-10-0040C
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Transcription"Bill McCarty 1948 Roberts"--Handwritten on back of photograph.
Biography/HistoryBill McCarty was born in Des Moines Iowa. During childhood, he moved around the West, working as a cowboy for many ranchers. In 1900, he moved to Hettinger, N.D. then soon moved to Alexander. Later, he moved near the Little Missouri River, and would later purchase the Custer Trail Ranch south of Medora. McCarty became known as Badlands Bill McCarty, and was known as a cowboy, rancher, and horse trader. Briefly, he worked with George Gardner in Buffalo Bill's Wild West show. After leaving show business, he performed in local rodeos, and owned a herd of buffalo. He sold the Custer Trail Ranch in 1944 and moved to Medora to continue horse trading. He died in Beach, N.D. in 1958. Bill McCarty was inducted into the North Dakota Cowboy Hall of Fame in 2004.
Bibliographic ReferenceEchoing trails : Billings County history, p. 540.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionRoberta R. Kennedy Photograph Collection 2003-P-10
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota (2003-P-10-0040C)
Rights ManagementCopyright transferred to the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Digital IDsh2003P100040C
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