Pictured: George Lane (March 6, 1856 –  September 24, 1925)
Pictured: George Lane (March 6, 1856 – September 24, 1925)

George Lane was a successful rancher in southern Alberta around the turn of the 20th century. He was also one of the “Big Four” ranchers who bankrolled Guy Weadick in 1912 to create the first Stampede, The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth! For all of his successes, he will be inducted into the Hall of Great Westerners at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City at a ceremony held April 15 – 16, 2016.

CES1912 tn stpLane was born south of the border in 1856, but moved to Canada in his twenties to take over as foreman at the Bar U Ranch, now a Canadian National Historic Site.

Pictured: George Lane and HRH Edward, Prince of Wales.
Pictured: George Lane and HRH Edward, Prince of Wales.

That’s right, Lane was a ranahan – a cowboy’s cowboy!  He purchased the Bar U in 1905 and lived on to became a trailblazer in ranching and farming, and was particularly known for establishing the top Percheron breeding herd in North America. He was also a proud Albertan; he ran for MLA and was the president of the Alberta Stock Growers’ Association. Lane was truly deserving of the honour of being inducted into the Hall of Fame.

Pictured: a souvenir program from 1912.
Pictured: a souvenir program from 1912.

The excellent news will be shared with Stampede fans during night four of the GMC Rangeland Derby on Monday, July 6, 2015. Members of Lane’s family and representatives of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, the Bar U Ranch and others will mark the honour in front of the Grandstand audience. Lane’s spirit lives on through his family and his Stampede legacy.

The Hall of Great Westerners at the museum is filled with historic and significant people. Lane will be joining the likes of Gene Autry, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt, Will Rogers, Zane Gray and another special friend of the Stampede, Dr. Temple Grandin.