Skip to comments.Cabela’s Inc. Announces Passing of Richard N. Cabela, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus
Posted on 02/17/2014 3:24:50 PM PST by Red in Blue PA
Cabela's Incorporated (CAB) announced that Richard N. Cabela, Co-Founder and Chairman Emeritus, passed away today at his home in Sidney. He was 77.
Dick, along with his wife, Mary, and brother, Jim, founded Cabelas somewhat inadvertently in 1961 when he purchased $45 worth of hand-tied fishing flies while in Chicago on a furniture and housewares buying trip with his father for the familys Chappell, Neb., furniture store. With the flies not moving off the store shelf, Dick came upon the idea of selling them through the mail. His first ad, in a Casper, Wyo., newspaper, produced one sale. Rethinking his situation, Dick placed an ad in Sports Afield magazine: FREE introductory offer!!! 5 popular Grade A hand-tied flies. Send 25c for postage and handling Orders started coming in and Mary typed the names and addresses of each customer on recipe cards and placed them in a shoebox. Realizing the potential for mail-order sales, Dick purchased more fishing gear and he and Mary produced a three-page mimeographed catalog which was mailed with each order.
Today, Cabelas is a $3.6 billion company with a worldwide catalog and Internet business and 50 stores in the United States and Canada.
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Beau and I have whiled away many an hour on-line and in their stores. We’re getting a new one 15 miles from us; so excited!
You done good, Mr. Cabela! Love your products.
But do you think PA could be red if voter fraud were eliminated?
Or is it too far gone already?
He DID build that!
I bought my last 2 firearms from Cabelas in Illinois.
I’ve gotten to the age where 77 seems still too young to die. Do wish comfort for his family.
When I lived in Kansas in the 80s, I used to order from them a lot. I did not know they even had a store.
A couple of years ago, I got one of their catalogs and thought they had gotten a lot more expensive.
Sun Prairie, WI is getting one! Wa-Hoo!
PA is red with the exception of Philly and Pittsburgh. Eliminating voter fraud would be huge.....if any political powers were serious about it.
I totally enjoy the Gun Libraries.
He and his family didn’t build that....
My grandfather was a gunsmith over 50 years in West Port, NY, and died last year at the ripe age of 94. Cabela’s bought his entire gun collection from his estate.
A new Cabela’s is being constructed 10 minutes away in Garner, NC. Can’t wait.
Around here they’re eating everybody’s lunch on ammo availability, and at non0inflated prices.
Everything but .22LR. That stuff’s rare as an honest democrat*, even in Cabela’s.
*You can sometimes find it, but it gets bought too quick.
Used to go to the original store in Sidney back in the 70s. Great folks, great company. American exceptionalism at work, and if you don’t like it Putin, that’s just tough.
In keeping with my working philosophy of the time, I bought as much ammo in dollar value as I paid for the gun.
I should have plenty of .22LR.
Besides, both 12 ga and .22LR have the most choices of ammo so there is plenty of need to try various offerings.
Love going to the Hamburg, PA store.
Some little known facts about the Hamburg, PA store. It is the largest Cabela’s store both in terms of sq ft and sales and is the largest gun store in the world.
Also passed the $1 Billion sales mark not too long ago after opening in 2003.
What’s even more amazing is that Cabelas didn’t open its 2nd store until 1987, and then it was in Kearney NE, just 150 miles down I-80. All the growth to #1 ranking in the industry has come during the past 25 years, from a company that started on a kitchen table.
You can still get Eley Tenex Biathlon .22 LR... guaranteed reliable and accurate down to -20.
Only $24.00 for a box of 50.
A new Cabelas will be opening in northern Delaware in the next few months.
Those of us behind the Iron Curtain in Maryland can’t wait.
No sales tax in DE. 6% in MD.
We’ll be shopping early and often, and the fact that we can stick it to commissar O’Malley will just be icing on the cake.
RIP as I sit here in my “Roughneck” carpenter pants.
Romney won 55 of 67 PA counties but not a single electoral college vote because of the number of voters in the Philadelphia area. Conservatives mainly win in areas where the population density is less than 800 people per square mile. A side effect of continuing farm automation is voters needing jobs must move to higher density communal living, and eventually become communists. Unless a plague or rogue polar submarine takes out some big cities it's not looking good for conservatives. One tactic that might help is to empower big cities to raise taxes on a simple majority vote and pass all the anti-business regulation and government hiring they want. They will all quickly turn into bankrupt wastelands like Detroit. This tactic should be called economic nuking because it looks surprisingly like the real thing.
I have several thousand rounds of .22, but never use it, because I’m afraid I won’t be able to easily replace it. I shoot 5.56 without any such concerns.
It’s totally bass ackwards....
When I am back east (living in NW PA now) I make a trip to the Hamburg store. I can spend all day there like a trip to a museum... and at the end of the day maybe I leave with some beef jerky...though most of the time I save for Dietrich’s Meats.
If I don’t waste the day away in the Deer hall, aquarium, gun library, or shooting gallery... I could probably fit in Deitrich’s, Kempton Hotel, Wanamaker Kempton & Southern, and Roadside America.
Not far from Cabela’s (5 minutes) is the Pinnacle hike on Blue Mountain, a popular hiking destination and part of the AT. I often will do a 10 mile hike and then stop at Cabela’s for lunch/shopping.
“Last time there was an Ammo shortage, .22LR and 12 ga were the only rounds available.”
Just an honest question from someone who doesn’t know, when was that ammo shortage? And another follow-up, do you know what caused it?
0bama’s first immaculation; 0bama.
RIP to a man who made a great store. I love, love, love the coat hubby got me from there. I call it my Sarah Palin coat. It’s gorgeous and warm as anything!
Oh OK, I guess I missed that or wasn’t paying attention.
More than a great store, Cabela’s is an ardent supporter of the 2nd Amendment. That is the reason they forever have my loyalty.
I don’t remember it lasting as long.
OK, I was just asking, thought I had missed something.
Have a good evening!
Cabela’s, clothier to gentlemen.
Sorry to hear this. But I love hearing stories of accidental enterepreneurs.
He didn’t build that. /s
I started with the Herter’s catalog which was the best there ever was.
Herein Washington state we have had a Cabela’s 50 miles south and one on the east side of the mountains for many years. Just in the last couple years we got one 20 miles to the north.
If it were not for Seattle, we would have a lot of good conservatives in this state.
Looks like its from the Hawk Mountain preserve. I used to hunt turkey about 3 miles from there in the state game lands. You can park on top and leisurely bike or walk in. there is a lovely spot just past the fire tower on the road up from Port Clinton. it faces north toward Frackville. sgl 106 i belive. nice country
We in CA keep sending our liberals to you. They ruined our state now they want yours.
Cabela's and Dietrich's meats in Krumsville is my idea of a perfect day.
Also count in Steel City, Pittsburgh as well. Otherwise PA would be red if it was not for the two PA ciites.