Willie M. "Bill" Pickett was a cowboy, rodeo, and Wild West show performer. Pickett was born in the Jenks-Branch community of Travis County, Texas in 1870. The family's ancestry was African-American and Cherokee. Pickett left school in the 5th grade to become a ranch hand; he soon began to ride horses and watch the longhorn steers of his native Texas.
He invented the technique of bulldogging, the skill of grabbing cattle by the horns and wrestling them to the ground. Pickett soon became known for his tricks and stunts at local country fairs. With his 4 brothers, he established The Pickett Brothers Bronco Busters and Rough Riders Association. In 1905, Pickett joined the 101 Ranch Wild West Show that featured the likes of Buffalo Bill, Cowboy Bill Watts, Will Rogers, Tom Mix, Bee Ho Gray, and Zach and Lucille Mulhall. .