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A Girl’s Dream Horse


On a recent trip to San Antonio, Texas, I took this photo of the bucking horse in Logansport, Louisiana. I used my Nikon D800 and I am embarrassed to say we didn’t stop, I just took it thru the windshield. I was very pleased how clear the photo came out. I did a little tweaking  in photoshop to make it unusual.

As a child, we traveled thru Logansport to visit my grandmother who lived in Center, Texas. The highlight of the trip for me was to see the bucking horse and to get some ice cream from the DQ. Of course my dad very seldom stopped for the ice cream and never to see the horse. So writing this story I decided to see if I could find some information on the horse. I was quite surprised to find a whole page of info. I hope you enjoy the article I found on this website:

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Bucking Horse

If you tell someone you are from Logansport, Louisiana, the likely response is “I know where Logansport is, isn’t that where the Bucking Horse is on that building?” So it is with this in mind that a decision was made to include our famous Bucking Horse in the Historical section of our web pages.

The story is that Coy Pace, owner of Pace’s Hardware, saw a potential opportunity to cash in on the marketing of the molded animals available for distributorship. Because of Logansport’s colorful history as a town of lawlessness and actual gunfights in the streets in the early 1900’s, he purchased the Bucking Horse and gave it the job of riding herd over the Town of Logansport. He had it securely mounted on the upper story of the Pace Hardware building. Now everyone that has a horse has a legend to tell about it. This spirited steed also has a history to tell and brought its master much attention. The sight of the horse hanging outside caught the eye of someone passing through. She stopped to inquire about the horse and eventually she purchased a very large chicken (larger that the horse) to be delivered to her in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana. The story goes that the chicken arrived and shortly was stolen. Friends of the distraught lady “well maybe I should say, very good friends of the lady” separately and unknown to each other contacted Coy Pace and each made arrangement to have another chicken delivered to their good friend. The chickens were ordered and shipped as agreed; in the meantime the original stolen chicken was recovered. Now the lady in St. Tammany parish had a flock of chickens. Obviously, Coy would have been pleased; his investment had paid off and just not in chicken eggs!

Coy Pace is no longer with us, but his unknowing gift to the Town of Logansport has been the notoriety the Bucking Horse has brought to our town and it will continue to delight visitors and those that drive by for generations to come. The reins of ownership of Pace Hardware were eventually passed to his son Mallory Pace, and the horse remained above the entrance to the hardware store.

The building is no longer occupied by Pace Hardware, but is still referred to as the Pace Hardware building if anyone local is giving directions to somewhere near the Historic building. The building is owned by Don Paul, and still retains many of the old hardware store’s features lovingly restored to pristine conditions. Stop by, take a look up at the cowboy, who still hangs on for all its worth. He has continued to watch over our town through all of the changes as years have gone by.

The crowds brought by the Old Spanish Trail Ride and the Frontier days celebration that would fill the Main Street of Logansport, from store front to store front, with residents dressed in western and frontier attire. Mock gunfights with authentically dressed Cowboys and outlaws, thrilling everyone as gunshots were heard throughout the town. Little cowboys and cowgirls would grab their cowboy hats and pistols and head to town to join the celebration. The Frontier Days would bring Governors to our streets, where they would ride their fancy palominos and serenade the parade watchers with “You Are My Sunshine.” Governor Jimmy Davis was a frequent visitor to Logansport, back in the day.

I wonder what that cowboy and his bucking steed think now as they watch our Main Street highway crowds passing by. But the crowd now is in the form of Oil and Gas related vehicles as they rush to and from the many new Gas wells and new well sites throughout DeSoto Parish as they pass through the Town of Logansport. New excitement has come to the Town of Logansport from the discovery of the Haynesville Shale and Logansport hopes the bucking horse, with heels kicked high for all to see, remains as a reminder of Years Gone BY!

2 thoughts on “A Girl’s Dream Horse

  1. Thank you for writing with such love about an object of my childhood and of of my love as well. I grew up in logansport, having moved there when I was 7 with my mother who was originally from there as well. I didn’t appreciate or know as much about then Pace Bucking Horse until I was older, (maybe early twenties) after I left for college. It was always one of my favorite things about my town and always knew if I had fallen asleep on the drive home and woke up to see it through the window that I was back home. Seeing it reminds me of walking around downtown with my friends during the summer possibly to go to the railroad bridge to jump into the river or swim at the boat launch, maybe even attending River City Fest on the riverbanks near the bridge. You have no idea what it means to me to read this article and know that it’s not just one of us trying to preserve our history, but someone who just admired something about our town. Thank you.

    -Matthew Henington
    Denver, CO

  2. I remember the horse. I have always loved it. When I was just a little girl, I knew that I was in Logansport when I saw it. My brother and us 5 sisters use to walk to the frontier’s trail ride. We lived on the Texas side, in Haslem. We loved seeing everyone dressed up. I sure do miss those days.

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