06/05/2015 04:22 EDT | Updated 07/09/2017 08:01 EDT

Old Calgary Stampede Photos Show Just How Far It's Come Over Time

Can you believe how much the Stampede has changed?

For more than 100 years, the city has opened its doors to competitors and visitors around the world, putting its best cowboy boot forward to bring "The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth."

We spent some time digging through the Calgary Public Library's "Postcards From The Past" digital archive, coming up with some of the best examples that illustrate the rich history of the Calgary Stampede, and just how much the exhibition has grown and changed over the years.

Rodeo events have be added or removed, infrastructure that stood more than 100 years ago is, for the most part, a memory, and the fashion — well, let's just say daisy dukes and Shady Brady hats are a rather recent development.

Many of these photographs and postcards have been donated from the private collections of Calgarians and Albertans interested in preserving the history of Alberta's largest city.

We've made sure to keep the library's original descriptions and dates, where available.

Can you believe how much the Stampede has changed?

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