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The new bridge replaces the ferry.

History: Buffalo Bridge

Reprinted from the October 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Buffalo Bridge By Freda Smith Mudiman, Swift Current, Sask.  ‘Streams flowing eastward from the Rocky Mountains from the North and South Branches of the great Saskatchewan River as it swiftly slips down to the sea. Thought the years many bridges have spanned these streams since the day when the first was built across the Sturgeon, […] Read more

History: Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands

Reprinted from the September 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Wild Cattle of the Queen Charlotte Islands By P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Canada has wild cattle. Every beef grower in the western provinces will agree to this without argument. He could, with considerable trouble, produce some of his own as evidence. His hired men could exhibit a few honorable scars as supplementary proof. But […] Read more


History: Death Rode the Blast

Reprinted from the August 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Death Rode the Blast By Robert J. Roder, Nakusp, B.C. ‘When raging blizzards sweep devilish fury across the scantily sheltered plains of east central and southern Alberta, old timers are very apt to pull their chairs to the sides of roaring rosy-cheeked heaters and start recalling the hardships, comedies and tragedies of pioneer days. Among […] Read more

History: Observing for Ourselves

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Observing for Ourselves By Lenore Wilson, Calgary, Alta. ‘Owning a half-arab by the Arabian stallion AHMUR A.R.C. 2061, and having studied all available material pertaining to the Arab horse, led to a desire to become personally acquainted with some of these horses and their owners. We wanted to satisfy ourselves that it was not just […] Read more


History: Weapons that Won the West – The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Harper’s Ferry Arsenal


By D. R. King, High River, Alta. The day Robert Harper stood on the banks at the junction of the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers and picked out the site of his homestead marked the beginning of a long chapter of history for America. The year was about 1747 when Harper built his tiny cabin. In […] Read more

History: The Grahams of Green Lake

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

The Grahams of Green Lake P. W. Luce, Vancouver, B.C. ‘Sam Graham was the brother of Bob Graham. Bob Graham was the brother of Sam Graham. The two were inseparable. They lived most of their adult life on the Green Lake ranch in the Cariboo, and they left a distinct mark on the the history […] Read more


History: Gory Battles on a Canadian Farm

Reprinted from the June 1951
 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Gory Battles on a Canadian Farm By Kerry Wood, Red Deer, Alta. ‘Twenty miles beyond the historic farm of Rocky Mountain House, James M. Pollock has a half-section farm and a hobby. Farming is a comparatively new venture in the Rocky district, first noted for its fur-trading fort founded there in 1779 – the earliest […] Read more

History: Runaways

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

Runaways By Mrs. Anne Speight, Cairns, Alta. ‘Even such inanimate objects as trains, trucks, and cars, if left without brakes set, will go out of control and hurtle their steel might down inclines to wreak havoc on all in their path. Since men first used animals as a way of transportation, there have always been […] Read more


History: Old Walrond Ranche has New Owner

Reprinted from the June 1951 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

By Guy Weadick More than one observer lately has pointed out that ranching properties in Alberta are becoming harder to obtain than ever before. Also their children carry on, or else operate ranches of their own, earlier obtained. When a ranch of any size today is sold to someone from a distance, it is something […] Read more

Members of the Royal Scots Greys cavalry regiment rest their horses by the side of the road in France.

History: Let us remember the horses

From the December 2018 issue of Canadian Cattlemen

A year ago, the Vintage Veterinary Committee embarked on a project to bring stories about veterinarians and the contribution they made to the early days of agriculture to life at Calgary’s Heritage Park. Remembering the Great War and the colossal contribution horses made to the war effort during a time in history when ranching had […] Read more