A Pierre man who lived in Trail City was inducted into the rodeo hall of fame of the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City on Sept. 22.
Bill McMacken was a five-event cowboy who dominated bronc riding and steer wrestling in the state of Washington in the 1930s and 1940s. He set the steer wrestling world record in 1935 and his arena record run of 9.8 seconds in Pendleton, Ore., in 1941 stood for a decade.
Bill was only 14 when he hit the rodeo road with his older brothers Joe, Fritz, and Bud McMacken. He was a founding member of the Cowboy Turtles (a predecessor to the RCA and PRCA) and was on the 1939 American Rodeo Team that toured Australia.
He died in 1967 at 52 after a plane he was a passenger in crashed in the Canadian wilderness.
Long-time Brookings Register sports editor and now publisher Billy McMacken is related to the honoree. His grandfather is Bill's brother Bud McMacken.