Frontier Cowboys and the Great Divide

Author: Ken Mather

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN: 1927527090

Category: History

Page: 226

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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.

Ranching under the Arch

Author: D. Larraine Andrews

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN: 1772032735

Category: History

Page: 320

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A visually rich, historically epic tale of cattle ranching in southern Alberta, focusing on multi-generational family-owned ranches that are still in existence today. In the 1880s, a group of fledgling cattle ranchers descended on the plains of southern Alberta. They were drawn by the promise of the West, where the grass seemed endless and they could ranch under the arch of the Chinook-the warm Pacific wind that swooped down the eastern slopes of the Rockies to melt the snow and clear the land for year-round grazing. They came with wild optimism, but their ambition was soon tempered by the brutal reality of a frontier land. Ranching under the Arch is a tale of survival, perseverance, and prosperity in the face of struggle, loss, and loneliness. Following over a dozen ranches still in operation that have roots dating to the late nineteenth century, historian D. Larraine Andrews recounts the culture that developed around this unique vocation. These ranches have endured as vibrant enterprises, sometimes into the fifth generation of the same family, sometimes with new faces and dreams to change the focus of the narrative. Drawing from historical archives, diaries, and personal accounts, and illustrated by informative maps, fascinating archival imagery, and stunning contemporary photography, Ranching under the Arch is an epic portrait of the "Cattle Kingdom" and its place in Alberta history.

The Black Prairie Archives

Author: Karina Vernon

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1771123753

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 580

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The Black Prairie Archives: An Anthology recovers a new regional archive of “black prairie” literature, and includes writing that ranges from work by nineteenth-century black fur traders and pioneers, all of it published here for the first time, to contemporary writing of the twenty-first century. This anthology establishes a new black prairie literary tradition and transforms inherited understandings of what prairie literature looks and sounds like. It collects varied and unique work by writers who were both conscious and unconscious of themselves as black writers or as “prairie” people. Their letters, recipes, oral literature, autobiographies, rap, and poetry- provide vivid glimpses into the reality of their lived experiences and give meaning to them. The book includes introductory notes for each writer in non-specialist language, and notes to assist readers in their engagement with the literature. This archive and its supporting text offer new scholarly and pedagogical possibilities by expanding the nation’s and the region’s archives. They enrich our understanding of black Canada by bringing to light the prairies' black histories, cultures, and presences.

Early-Twentieth-Century Frontier Dramas on Broadway

Author: R. Wattenberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 023011914X

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 267

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Frontier dramas were among the most popular and successful of early-twentieth-century Broadway type plays. The long runs of contemporary dramas not only indicate the popularity of these plays but also tell us that these plays offered views about the frontier that original audiences could and did embrace.

Across the Great Divide

Author: Matthew Basso,Laura McCall,Dee Garceau

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1136689001

Category: History

Page: 318

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In Across the Great Divide, some of our leading historians look to both the history of masculinity in the West and to the ways that this experience has been represented in movies, popular music, dimestore novels, and folklore.

Beyond the Great Divide

Author: Cotton Mather,Pradyumna Prasad Karan,George F. Thompson

Publisher: N.A


Category: Travel

Page: 184

View: 721

Who's Who In Hollywood!

Author: Terry Rowan


ISBN: 1329074491

Category: Motion picture actors and actresses

Page: 408

View: 8627

A comprehensive film guide featuring Hollywood films, directors, actors and actresses.

Corral Dust from Across the Big Divide

Author: Richard Bird Baker

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 1450291082

Category: Fiction

Page: 404

View: 2119

Will Rogers wrote, CHARLIE RUSSELL is the only western artist a true cowboy cant find fault with. Rogers also considered Charlie Americas best storyteller, cowboy humorist, and sagebrush philosopher. Though Charlie was under-schooled and semi-literate, his salty Rawhide Rawlins yarns still delight readers eight decades after he crossed the big divide. Richard Bird Baker has long striven to bring Russells wit, humor, cynicism, and horse sense back to life. In this collection of western yarns, Mr. Baker utilizes Charlie Russell as his early-twentieth-century-styled narrator. He depicts Russell telling yarns in Charlies personal style, utilizing ample dry humor expressed in colorful cowboy lingo. These yarns convey many facets of late-nineteenth-century cowboy life, the good times and the hardships, the joys and sorrows, and above all, the humor and good nature of the western folk icon, the American cowboy. This book is a must for fans of cowboy humor, salty western metaphors, and sagebrush philosophy.

Buckaroos and Mud Pups

Author: Ken Mather

Publisher: Heritage House Publishing Co

ISBN: 1894974093

Category: History

Page: 226

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Remarkable cattle drives, famous ranches and legendary characters are at the heart of Ken Mather's account of the early days of ranching in British Columbia. These are stories about drovers, ranchers, cowboys and "mud pups" (the remittance men of the ranching industry). You'll meet such people as the flamboyant Harper brothers, drovers who went on to become the biggest landowners in BC, with interests in the Harper, Perry, Hat Creek and famous Gang ranches Johnny Wilson, one of the most successful ranchers in the industry, who became known as the "BC Cattle King" Jim Madden—nicknamed "Big Kid" for his exuberant personality and childish innocence and whose simple lifestyle and colourful adventures made him famous in the Nicola and surrounding valleys Coutts Marjoribanks, a mud pup whose skills as a cowboy—and his exploits, such as riding his horse up the steep steps and into the Kalamalka Hotel bar—far outshone his talents as the ranch manager his rich family forced him to be. The story begins at the time of BC's first gold rush, and the start of a decade that would see more than 22,000 head of cattle brought into the colony. The author takes readers through to 1914, by which time ranching in the BC Interior had become big business. Complete with informative tidbits about the cowboy's tools of the trade, Buckaroos and Mud Pups is an entertaining look at fascinating times and the men who made them so.

Ranch Tales

Author: Ken Mather

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781772031881

Category: History

Page: 192

View: 9043

An entertaining, fast-paced look at early ranching in British Columbia. Frontier historian Ken Mather is known for his fascinating, in-depth profiles of the men and women who established a distinctive ranching culture in Western Canada over a hundred years ago. Now, in this concise collection of stories—based on Mather’s column in the Vernon Morning Star—readers will meet even more colourful characters, gain insightful tidbits on cowboy culture, and read about little-known cattle drives that stagger the imagination. Ranch Tales highlights the achievements, hardships, and exploits of Newman “King of the Range” Squires, “lady rancher” Elizabeth Greenbow, cow boss Joe Coutlee, the gold-seeking Jeffries brothers who came all the way from Alabama, and many more. This delightful book is a perfect companion to Mather’s other ranching histories and will appeal to anyone interested in the early days of the BC frontier.