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George Lane: Cowboy to Cattle King

George Lane’s life reads more like the romanticized life of a character in a Louis L’Amour novel. A friend to king and cowboy, his exploits were immortalized on canvas by Charlie Russell and his famed ranch, the Bar U, is now a National Historic Site. Born March 6, 1856 in Boonville, Iowa, at age 16 …

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Finding Bill Greathouse

Someone, somewhere must still remember Bill Greathouse. He was an old-time, range-tempered horseman, who finally succumbed during one particularly cold November under circumstances that today, might seem odd. Bill was still a diehard horseman in the 1930s at a time when tractors were beginning to replace horses on ranches and farms. He’d had a horse …

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Sonia Cornwall: Cariboo Artist

Cariboo artist Sonia Cornwall (1919 – 2006) is one of the few women inducted into the B.C. Cowboy Hall of Fame. Over the years, she herded cattle, drove tractors and bulldozers, mended fences, helped with haying, and did other agricultural jobs. Working the ranch was unusual for a female of her day, but Sonia had …

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Louis Boucher: Canadian Guide of the Grand Canyon

The most famous guide in the Grand Canyon was a Canadian named Louis Boucher. He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec around 1840 but his self-proclaimed restless spirit took him throughout the West. He was a prospector by trade, and like thousands of others, he passed through Victoria in the early 1860s heading to the Fraser and Cariboo gold rushes. It was …