Agriculture & Rural Life
Stories from the Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village
HENRY and MARY BECKER and the BUFFALO RANCH
Although little remains of the Buffalo Range today, the massive spread east of the South Fork and southwest of Pincher City had its glory days immediately before and after the First World War.
THE REDMOND BROTHERS
Alfred and John Redmond were homesteaders who resided in the Summerview District.
EARLY CHRONICLES OF THE PINCHER CREEK RANCHING INDUSTRY
One of the well-established facts from our local history is that the ranching industry in the Pincher Creek area dates back to 1878, a result of the establishment of the North West Mounted Police’s Horse Ranch along the Creek itself.
THE BAR A RANCH
A history of the ranching industry in southwestern Alberta would not be complete without a look at the “Bar A” Ranch, an old-time operation situated northeast of Cowley.
THE RANCHING HERITAGE OF FREDERICK W. GODSAL
For thirty-five years, Frederick W. Godsal. operated one of the largest individual ranches in this area, between the Middle and South Forks of the Oldman River.
THE AGRICULTURAL NATURE OF THE SETTLEMENT OF PINCHER CREEK
Have you ever wondered how Pincher Creek’s landscape looked like a few generations ago and how it developed alongside agriculture?
HISTORY OF THE WALROND RANCHE COMPANY
The Walrond was one of several corporate ranches established on the western reaches of the Canadian Prairies during the 1880s.
THE WARD CABIN: A TYPICAL PRAIRIE CANADIAN LOG DWELLING
The Ward Cabin in Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village represents a typical late nineteenth century hand constructed dwelling and lived in by many homesteaders and small ranchers across the Canadian Prairies.
EARLY RANCHING CHRONICLES FROM SOUTH OF PINCHER CREEK
A fascinating glimpse of ranching conditions in the pre-mechanized era is provided in this chronicle.
FURTHER RANCHING RECOLLECTIONS FROM THE FRONTIER ERA
Let’s look back at some of those 1909 ranching conditions as recorded in the back issues of the Pincher Creek Echo, around 1909.
AGRARIAN PIONEER CHRONICLES FROM THE EARLY DAYS OF BEAVER MINES
There was more to Beaver Mines’ economic well-being than the coal mining industry. Agriculture has been a significant local contributor for well over a century.