Jim Shoulders monument unveiling approaches

First National Bank & Trust in Henryetta recently donated $1,000 to the Jim Shoulders Monument Fund. Bank President, Keith Estes, is pictured above (left) presenting a check to Henryetta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Roy Madden for the project. An official monument unveiling is planned at Historic Nichols Park at the end of August.

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Henryetta Chamber of Commerce appreciates First National Bank & Trust of Henryetta for donating $1,000.00 to the Jim Shoulders Monument Fund. 

The Chamber has been working with others to secure public and private funding for the largest boulder monument in Oklahoma.  

Donations have been received from the Chamber of Commerce, the City of Henryetta’s Economic Development Authority, Henryetta Rotary Club, Bruce Jones, First Family Federal Credit Union, Doty Construction and Vail Electric. 

So far, the Chamber has secured 70% of the funding required to pay for the monument.

Funds are still needed for the project. If you would like to make a donation, contact the Chamber at 918-652-3331 or email henryettachamber@att.net.

“We can use the public’s help to offset funding costs. Once completed, the monument will be over 8-feet high by 10-feet wide by 14-inches thick. It will weigh over 12,000 pounds and will be located near the entrance at Historic Nichols Park,” Henryetta Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Roy Madden said.

A picture of the monument is a simulation and does not include the landscaping, flagpoles and accent lighting that will be in place once completed.  

Henryetta Chamber of Commerce, the City of Henryetta and others felt it was appropriate to construct a lasting monument dedicated to a Henryettan that was and is internationally known for his accomplishments. 

An official unveiling of the monument will occur on Saturday, August 25 at 11 a.m. at Historic Nichols Park.

“The monument will serve as tribute to the legendary 16-time World Champion cowboy, Jim Shoulders,” Madden said.

“I think in future generations Jim Shoulders will probably be the biggest rodeo cowboy hero that we have ever known, and we’ve had some great ones!” “If Shoulders was a tree, he’d be the biggest tree in the rodeo forest, period,” the late Clem McSpadden, a renowned rodeo announcer and former Oklahoma congressman, said.

Shoulders, a legendary 1957 Henryettan of the Year was not only a 16-time World Champion cowboy, he was also a 10-time Reserve World Champion. He won the Calgary Stampede Rodeo an unbelievable seven times and has been inducted to multiple hall of fames and was a recipient of the Tad Lucas Award.  

Just a few of the hall of fame recognitions include:  Oklahoma Hall of Fame, Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame, Madison Square Hall of Fame, Bull Riding Hall of Fame, Calgary Hall of Fame, Cheyanne Hall of Fame and Claremore Hall of Fame. Shoulders will also be inducted into another hall of fame in 2019.   

“As we look toward to the future, Jim Shoulders will be just one of the Henryettans we plan on honoring with a permanent structure,” Madden said.

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