The Texas Prison Rodeo was one of the biggest events every October in Huntsville, TX. It drew people from all around to see inmates participate in the rodeo as well as national acts like Johnny Cash and Ricky Nelson. With changing views on prisoner treatment and the cost of repairing the stadium, the rodeo was phased out in the late 1980s. Several attempts were made to bring it back, but they have failed so far. As of today, only Angola Prison in Louisiana maintains a prison-based rodeo.
These images come from a set of collectable cards from the Bryd Family Collection that could be purchased at the rodeo we think sometime during the 1950s.
You can view more prison rodeo pictures here.