Famous I.X.L. Ranch" Wild
West Traveling Show. In 1914, the final year of the I.X.L. Ranch
Wild West, they toured combined with the "Great Harris Shows"
and pictured in this Photograph is the horse drawn ticket Wagon
of "The Famous I.X.L. Ranch Combined With The Great Harris
"Billboard", the I.X.L. Wild
West was organized by Roy Chandler and when it opened in 1909
the Show carried "seventy people, including Indians, cowboys,
rough riders, Cossacks, sixty head of cattle, stage coach, and
caravan trail." In the Native American contingent were Comanche
bow-and-arrow ace Crooked Nose, and Little Big Horn veterans
Charlie-Owns-the-Dog, Standing Cloud, Long Bull, and Oglala
Sioux leader, Flatiron. "The older cowboys with the
organization," wrote the Herald, "assert that it was Flatiron
who harangued the Indians before they went into the Custer
I.X.L. Ranch Wild West from
1914 is an advertisement for performers that appeared in
"Billboard" on March 21 that read: "Wanted immediately, man for
Punch and magic, side show and concert acts, agents,
billposters, musicians, candy butchers, cooks, people in all
lines of circus and wild west business. Concessions for sale.
Address I. X. L. Ranch and Harris Shows Combined, care Atkin
Hotel, Knoxville, Tennessee". The next week's Billboard included
the following "I. X. L. Real Wild West Show. Jack W. King,
proprietor; Bobbie Fountain, manager; R. Lehman, asst. manager;
F. King, treasurer; J. McLean, secretary; Chas. Elliott, general
agent; Tom Shirley, supt. canvas; Chas. Hartley, boss hostler;
J. McLean, supt. commissary dept.; Jack Rhinehart, supt. ring
stock; Blackie Norris, supt. working crew; Kid Howard, supt.
animals; Joe Holmes, checker-up. Show opens at Knoxville,
Tennessee, April 2".
January 9, 1915 and portends
the end of the I.X.L. Ranch and Great Harris Shows Combined - it
reads "On account of inclement weather and bad conditions in the
Southern States, the I. X. L. Ranch Show closed at Dawsonville,
Georgia, December 12, about two weeks earlier than Manager Jack
King had planned, as he promised Christmas dinner on the lot.
The show opened in Knoxvllle, Tennessee, April 1, playing two
days under the auspices of the Elks, and toured Tennessee,
Kentucky, West Virginia, Old Virginia, North Carolina and
Georgia. It is now in winter quarters at Gainesville, Georgia.
Fifty-five horses, seventeen wagons and from forty-five to
seventy people were carried. Manager King expects to enlarge the
show to twenty-four wagons next season, carrying six cages of
wild animals and seventy head of horses. Besides the main show,
there will be a wild animal show, pit show, curio stand,
shooting gallery, palmistry, ball games and refreshments. The
show opens in Gainesville, Georgia, early in March, and will
make one and two-day stands."
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