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Will Rogers and Soapsuds: A 65 Year Tradition

Lacey Nobles

February 16, 2015

The landmark is one of the most beloved landmarks on the Texas Tech University campus.

It's one of the most beloved and recognizable sights on the Texas Tech University campus. It's a majestic, yet at times spirited, landmark and the backdrop of countless photographs with excited students, families and alumni throughout its 65 years. It's Will Rogers and his faithful horse, Soapsuds.

On February 16, 1950, Will Rogers' longtime friend, Amon G. Carter, dedicated the statue to Texas Technological College saying that it was the ideal addition to the scenery of West Texas.

The statue, created by Electra Waggoner Biggs, weighs 3,200 pounds and stands nine feet, eleven inches tall.

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