Riding into the Sunset, 1947
Electra Waggoner Biggs
One of the most well-known landmarks on campus is the statue of Will Rogers and his horse, Soapsuds. This memorial was dedicated on February 16, 1950 by Amon G. Carter, a longtime friend of Rogers, who believed Texas Tech was the perfect setting for the statue. On the base of the statue, the inscription reads, “Lovable Old Will Rogers on his favorite horse, ‘Soapsuds,’ riding into the Western sunset.” Today, Texas Tech tradition and legend surrounds the statue. According to one legend, the plan to position Rogers to ride off into the sunset would cause Soapsuds’ rear to be facing downtown; to solve this problem, the sculpture was turned 23 degrees to the east so the horse’s posterior would face in the direction of College Station and Texas A&M.