Year Inducted: 1977
Home State: OK
Called "the world's first cowgirl" by Will Rogers, Lucille was the best known western
performer of her era. Learning to ride and rope on the family's Oklahoma ranch, she began her career performing in her father's
Wild West show and became one of the earliest, and most accomplished riding and roping champions. Competing with, and frequently
beating, male competitors in steer roping events, Lucille helped make women an integral part of rodeo.
Lucille Mulhall (October 21, 1885–December 21, 1940) was a well known cowgirl and Wild West performer. She was raised on her family's Mulhall Ranch in Oklahoma Territory, near what is now Mulhall, Oklahoma. Known as Rodeo Queen, Queen of
the Western Prairie, and Queen of the Saddle (among many other appellations),
she performed in many rodeo and Wild West shows throughout her career. According to Will Rogers, the term "cowgirl" was not used until it was used to describe her. She died, in an automobile accident less than a mile
from the Mulhall Ranch.