February 16, 2015
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.
The Saddle Tramps was organized in the Fall of 1936 by Head Cheerleader Arch Lamb. The group was conceived to help channel the student body's sometimes overly exuberant and unruly nature into more positive and productive activities.
Saddle Tramps attend all mens home football, basketball and baseball games. The primary focus remains to further the spirit and uphold the traditions of Texas Tech University. Some of the traditions that maintain are: Raider Red, wrapping of Will Rogers and Midnight Raiders, Homecoming Bonfire and Parade, bell circles, Victory Bells, shotguns, UT/A&M Watch, Carol of Lights, Bangin Bertha and many more.Twitter