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John Shaw

Cattle Across the Great Divide Strange as it may seem, the first cattle to arrive in Calgary, at one time the centre of ranching in Canada and home of the Stampede, came from British Columbia! This was in the 1870s, a time when the ranching community in British Columbia struggled to find markets. After the …

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Ray Bagley

A Cowboy’s Poet When I opened the package on my desk I found a small book. It had been wrapped in plain brown paper and white string and tucked inside was a typed note that stated, “Thought you might enjoy reading this.” There was no senders name or return address. The book’s blue linen cover …

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Jim Boyle

A Cowboy’s Life Jim Boyle wanted to be a cowboy from the time he was five years old. Born in Crossfield, Alta., in 1910, his father Russell Boyle, a South Africa War veteran, was a horse rancher raising remounts for the army and RNWMP. Lieutenant Colonel Russell Boyle went overseas in 1915 commanding the 10th …

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Dog Child and the Samurai Sword

Photographer Norman Caple checked his equipment for one last photo at Gleichen, Alberta on a cold spring day in 1894. His resulting picture left us with something of a mystery. Caple photographed the Blackfoot extensively in the late 1800s and was partnered with Vancouver photographer R. H. Trueman. He was a stickler for authenticity and …