History: Homesteading in the Hand Hills

Reprinted from the August 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Homesteading in the Hand Hills
By Harvey Hanson, Balzac, Alta.

‘In a previous article in the “Canadian Cattlemen” I told how a portion of the Palliser Triangle in Alberta at one time had people on nearly every quarter section and how you can now drive for miles and not see a soul. It is that part of Alberta that the Dominion and Provincial governments hope to rehabilitate by the use of irrigation water from the Red Deer River. How this exodus came about can probably be told with my own experience thirty eight years ago.’

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