The History of the Desert Caballeros Trail Ride
Wickenburg, “dude ranch capital of the world,” was at its gayest on the afternoon of Wednesday. March 26, 1947.
Everyone—natives and winter visitors—were crowded on picturesque Frontier Street, dressed in their Western best and eagerly watching the ceremonies in which 75 horsemen were participating
Leo Carillo, the movie actor was there, and a number of the nation’s top industrialists, all garbed in typical cowboy costume, boots, chaps and all. A priest said a prayer, a flag ceremony was held, and then, with Carillo and President Rush C. Smith leading the way, the Desert Caballeros started on their first ride.