Plenty of Denver residents are offended if you refer to the Mile High City as a cowtown. But the National Western Stock Show, a 114-year-old Colorado tradition, makes the city just that: the biggest and best cowtown in the United States.
On Thursday, January 9, the National Western Stock Show
will return for another year of prize-winning animals, cowboy antics, mutton bustin' and Stetson hats. Here's a dive into the Westword
archives, with some of our favorite images from Stock Shows of the past.