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History: Our Rocky Mountain Passes

Reprinted from the December 1950
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Our Rocky Mountain Passes
By Marjorie K. Stiles, Didsbury, Alta.

‘It must have been fifty years after La Verendrye sighted the Rocky Mountains, that vast snow-capped ridge of stone, beckoning to him from the horizon, before the fur traders and explorers were successful in penetrating the wilderness between the prairies and mountains. These men followed their Indian guides up unexplored rivers, carrying their outfits over rough portages, working their way through thick underbrush when treacherous rapids made canoe travelling unsafe. It took weeks and months and even years before the three passes of the Rockies were discovered and finally conquered beyond the watershed.’

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