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History: The First Public Picnic and Stampede to Be Held on the Milk River in Alberta

Reprinted from the September 1950 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The First Public Picnic and Stampede to Be Held on the Milk River in Alberta
By Harry C. Smith, Milk River, Alta.

‘It was while doing homestead duties in the latter part of May of 1910, in the Writing-on-Stone district, that Dean Smith, Fred Miller and I were talking one evening in the shack on the homestead. We had heard a rumour that there was to be a picnic and stampede put on somewhere in the district. We decided to investigate the next day. So we started out on foot (we had no other means of travelling) and after walking several miles we found the parties who had intended to put the show on, but they had gotten cold feet or decided not to go through with it, after having advertised such an affair quite extensively. The date was set for June 3rd, that being the King’s birthday at that time.’

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