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History: The “Medicine Tree” Range

Reprinted from the April 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The “Medicine Tree” Range: Historical Frontier Locality Near “Spitzie Crossing”
By Guy Weadick, High River, Alta.

‘At this season of the year, when stockmen forgather and discuss the cattle range and its activities, some of them usually get on the subject of the earlier day operations on different ranges and bring to light memories of some of the oldtimers long since gone over the Big Divide.

The recent purchase of the O H or Rio Alta ranch on the Highwood by Mr. C. W. Roenisch of Calgary and High River, who also owns the Round Top T ranch, close to the town of High River, brought into discussion the early history of this ranch, its location and some of those who had operated it from when it was known as the High River Horse Ranch. Earlier settlers called it their ‘headquarters.”’

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