Calgary Stampede 2015

July 3-12 2015

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While each ranch is its own entity, they are all connected. Ranchers share concerns, common goals, tales of cattle, horses, and weather challenges and people who seem to move freely between the ranches. One person or family is often linked with many of the ranches and many stories of the valley. The image of the lone cowboy is really nothing but a striking image from the movies. The ranching community is one of connection and shared knowledge. 


Late 1800s

Open range ranching was the way of life in the late 1800s, and cowboys from each of the ranches were needed to participate in roundups. Even as this way of life came to a close, neighbours depended upon one another during weanings, brandings, supplies, in times of sickness and for company!

Our roundups were community affairs. The different ranches in a district sending representatives... Their place became known for the great hospitality of its mistress, and the people from near and far gathered there for entertainments.”


Fred Ings

Image Right: Glenbow Archives NA-54-5 Round-up crew, 1892

In earlier days, people were so welcoming and so happy to have visitors. You are probably welcomed to stop for a meal and to stay overnight at someone's farm or ranch on the way.”


Doug Nelson, Historian

Hope Hunter.. foreman of the Eden Valley Ranch... decided to trail the cows and calves to the mouth of Cataract Creek where they had been summering and cross the Highwood there. He got extra help, among them was Guy Weadick, Frank Gallup, Dave Diebel, the Forest Ranger, Murray Meister and his dog.”


Bert Sheppard

Image Right: Glenbow Archives ND-8-12 Prince of Wales at EP Ranch with group including Big Four of the Calgary Stampede, 1924

Neighbours were most important in these years. We did not have community dances or picnics but we had branding bees.”


Tales and Trails: A History of Longview

Image Right: Branding Crew, 1989

We were all part of the ranch. ...In a look back, all ranches all worked together too as one big family.”


Tom Bews, Y Cross Ranch

You can buy anything there. They carried dry goods, groceries, feeds, salt and hardware.”


Bill Bews, Y Cross Ranch

Image Right: Gayle Gallup

The year Johnny Bews was born my Father's [Jim Rooney] house burned down, and the neighbours held what was known in those days as a ‘BEE,’ hauled lumber, and worked on the house and we were living in it in two weeks time.”


Regina Fraser, Tales and Trails

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