Award-winning Cattle Kingdom provides readers with all the colourful tales of raffish characters, fortunes made and lost, and the harsh realities of prairie winters in the era of cattle ranching.
One of the most colourful chapters in the history of North American settlement began in the 1880s when the rich Alberta grasslands spreading east from the foothills of the Rockies became the magnet for cattle ranching.
Nowhere is the story of ranching more rich and varied than in Alberta. Cattle Kingdom: Early Ranching in Alberta explores the assortment of high rollers, big-money men from the east, English lords and remittance men, along with refugees from the American west and ordinary folk who sought a homestead and a new dream. The cast of characters included John Ware; the brave and foolhardy Major-General Thomas Bland Strange, who had plans for a ranch for retired British army types; and the scrappy Pat Burns, who parlayed a small slaughterhouse in Calgary into a giant meat-packing and cattle empire.