On the news of the passing of Dan Russell we have this to share.
In the history of the nation’s cattle industry, the Russell name goes all the way back to the period just after the Civil War. A Union Cavalry General by the name of D.A. Russell came from Illinois to the area in California now known as Folsom. At that time it was wide open gold country; and it took everything a man had to make something of it. General Russell built a ranch there, and when he died was buried at what is now Folsom Lake. Before the lake was filled, he was moved to his final resting place at Mormon Island.
General Russell had two sons, D.A. and Jack Russell. Long before rodeos were held in arenas, D.A. was a bucking horse rider. Jack was the one who handled the bets. As the two got older, each went their separate ways.
The bucking horse rider, D.A. went into the meat business in Colfax, California. He also supplied the “gold country” with meat. D.A. had a son, Melvin, who developed what is now called the “Home Ranch” located just off Scott Road in Folsom.
In the early years, Melvin raised Durhams, and later went into Hereford cattle. He developed land from the “Home Ranch” all the way to what is now Highway 50, toward Placerville, California. They loaded about 30 big cows to a boxcar. The only thing in Rocklin at the time were the corrals.
Melvin passed away in 1954, but his son, Daniel Henry Russell went on to expand the Russell Ranch into one of the largest family owned and operated cattle outfits in the United States today. Dan H., wanting to create a first class rodeo in Folsom, went into the rodeo business back in the 1960’s, and designed what is now known as the Daniel Russell Arena. Western Rodeo’s, Inc. developed from this idea and is, in essence, Russell Ranches. There are three girls and one boy in Dan H..’s family; Gail, Diane, Linda and Dan M. Russell. Dan H. has eight grandchildren.
Western Rodeos, Inc. is a modern, progressive company operating from Russell’s vast ranches in California, Nevada and Wyoming. Dan M. Russell, Owner, President and Manager of western Rodeos, Inc., supplies the finest in rodeo stock available for top rodeos each year from the Dan Russell Arena in Folsom, California, to the National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas, Nevada. Western Rodeos, Inc. also offers the sport of rodeo the best in trucking and promotional services.
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