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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927527108
Publisher: Heritage House
Publication date: 04/15/2013
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 526,123
File size: 4 MB

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction 9

Chapter 1 Drovers 18

Chapter 2 Frontiersmen 45

Chapter 3 Mounties 69

Chapter 4 Horsemen 88

Chapter 5 Top Hands 108

Chapter 6 Greenhorns 133

Chapter 7 The Forgotten Cowboys 155

Chapter 8 Ranching Women 173

Chapter 9 The Legacy of the Vaquero and Texas Cowboy 196

Endnotes 203

References 211

Index 215

Acknowledgements 221

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