Back in the 1950s the University of Houston students would hold a festival called Frontier Fiesta.
They would build a frontier western town on the campus.
Complete with saloons, dance halls, and open air stages.
They would have dances, stage performers, mock bank robberies, and a parade.
|(Does this not remind you of the movie Animal House?)|
They had beard growing contests and beard shaving events.
Thousands of people would show up and the students pretty much took over the city of Houston.
Often celebrities would show up.
Anyone know who this is?
We've been trying to figure it out.
And she brought her little dog!
As with most things, Frontier Fiesta has waxed and waned in popularity over these years. I know that they still have something of a fiesta but it will probably never be the same. The times, they be a changin'.
I have heard that back in the 50s Frontier Fiesta got a little out of hand.
I find it exciting that these students pulled together to put on something of this magnitude. In 1954 they spent $100,000. When you consider that my parents bought their first house in 1962 for a whooping $17,000, what the students raised and spent on Frontier Fiesta was a boatload of money. If it was just money alone that would be a triumph but they coordinated the whole thing right down to riding horses into the city and robbing the bank. They also worked closely with the PBS station on campus to film a bit one year. I'll post some of that later.
There is a little University of Houston history for you. Brought to you by the students from the 1950s and the Digital Services department here at the library. There is more stuff at Frontier Fiesta here.
See! I told you I'd be back to goofy pictures and history today.