ROARING SPRINGS REUNION
The Plains Trail Region community of Roaring Springs, located in Motely County, harbors a long and unique history. Established around a group of active springs fed by runoff from the western High Plains, the site has served as gathering place for explorers, settlers, and ranchers possibly beginning with the expedition of Coronado in 1541. Native Americans inhabited the springs area even earlier. By the late-1800s, Roaring Springs provided respite for picnickers and an ideal location for camp meetings where the sound of rushing water (thus, its name) and a canopy of trees created a soothing, shady environment. The springs were a favored location for the area’s ranching interests as well, serving as line camp for the historic Matador Ranch.
Today, the springs and surrounding area are property of the Roaring Springs Ranch Club. The club, a private enterprise, maintains a golf course, RV camping, and a spring-fed swimming pool. Although the springs are now private, their history is everyone’s to enjoy, especially during Roaring Springs’ three-day long Old Settlers Reunion and Ranch Rodeo. Held since in 1923 for one weekend every August, this cowboy reunion and rodeo features barrel racing, team roping, bronc riding, and team branding. The festivities highlight two nights of dancing, including a Friday night dance geared specifically, according to the Motley County Chamber website, for the “old folks.”