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Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide: Early Ranching in BC and Alberta
     

Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide: Early Ranching in BC and Alberta

by Ken Mather
 

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Despite being neighbouring provinces with long ranching histories, British Columbia and Alberta saw their ranching techniques develop quite differently. As most ranching styles were based on one of the two dominant styles in use south of the border, BC ranchers tended to adopt the California style whereas Alberta took its lead from Texas. But the different

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Despite being neighbouring provinces with long ranching histories, British Columbia and Alberta saw their ranching techniques develop quite differently. As most ranching styles were based on one of the two dominant styles in use south of the border, BC ranchers tended to adopt the California style whereas Alberta took its lead from Texas. But the different practices actually go back much further. Cattle cultures in southwestern Spain, sub-Saharan Africa and the British highlands all shaped the basis of North American ranching.

Digging deep into the origins of cowboy culture, Ken Mather tells the stories of men and women on the ranching frontiers of British Columbia and Alberta and reveals little-known details that help us understand the beginnings of ranching in these two provinces.

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"With his tight focus on frontier and early ranching personalities in British Columbia and Alberta, Mather gives the reader a colourful, informative, and entertaining insight into two very different ranching frontiers." —Max Foran, BCStudies

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781927527092
Publisher:
Heritage House Publishing Company, Limited
Publication date:
04/28/2013
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Ken Mather has been involved in researching, writing and interpreting western Canadian heritage for nearly four decades. He started out as a researcher for Fort Edmonton Park in 1973. In 1979, Ken moved to BC to work at Barkerville Historic Park; he became the park’s curator in 1982. From 1984 until 2004 he was the manager/curator of the historic O’Keefe Ranch near Vernon, BC, where he developed his love of early cowboy history. Ken continues as the curator at the O’Keefe Ranch and lives with his wife, Debbie, near Armstrong, BC.

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