Scott Gore

Pre-1940s Rodeo

Inducted 2002

Scott Byron Gore was born December 16, 1880, at Deadwood, South Dakota. The son of Bruce ‘R.B.’ and Ella (Ayres) Gore, he came to North Dakota in the 1890s and worked for the Pierre Wibaux W Bar Ranch.

Scott homesteaded along the Little Missouri River, establishing a cattle and horse ranch at the mouth of Beicegel Creek, 20 miles west of Grassy Butte. There he raised huge herds of horses, and his OTO brand was known throughout the country.

Scott became nationally known as a saddle bronc rider, having ridden in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show in Europe. He married Alice Wentworth in 1905, and they had one son, Merrill.

Sometimes known as the ‘champion rider of the world’, Scott rode a dark brown three-year-old horse and put on a show the crowds enjoyed. Considered a ‘real cowboy’s cowboy,’ Scott owned cattle, horses and land and made his living on horseback for more than 65 years. He was inducted into the Range Riders Museum Memorial Hall in Miles City, Montana.

Scott died March 2, 1955, and is buried in Poker Jim Cemetery, about five miles from his home.