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History: Pictographs of the Alberta Foothills

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Pictographs of the Alberta Foothills
By Roy Fowler, Aldersyde, Alta.

‘Early fur traders must have seen pictures and symbols painted on the rocks along the foothills but they make no mention of it.

Major Fred Bagley in his story ” The ’74 Mounties” tells of seeing Indian pictographs painted on the rocks and caves near their camp in the Sweet Grass Hills. This was probably at the place later know as Writing-on-Stone, opposite the mouth of what is now called Police Creek. He states that one group of paintings represented a battle and another told of a buffalo hunt.’

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