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Cowboys, Ranchers and the Cattle Business: Cross-Border Perspectives on Ranching History

Edited by Simon M. Evans, , Sarah Carter, and , Bill Yeo

$29.95 CAD / $29.95 USD (S)

246 pages, 56 illustrations

6 x 9 inches

Hardback: 155238019X

Paperback: 978-1-55238-019-2

Library PDF: 978-1-55238-319-3


Cowboys, Ranchers and the Cattle Business is an easily accessible and comprehensive collection of contemporary study about the Canadian ranching frontier.

This collection provides an excellent perspective on the historiography of the range, drawing from topics such as Wild West shows, artistic depictions of the cowboy, and the economic and practical aspects of early cattle ranching. Written by academics, ranchers, poets, and cowboys from diverse backgrounds, this collection contains a wide range of perspectives and insights.

Cowboys, Ranchers and the Cattle Business makes an important contribution to the study of the ranching frontier and will continue to be of value to researchers and readers of western history, plains studies, and historical geography.

About the Editors

Simon Evans is a former Professor of Geography at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

Sarah Carter teaches history at the Univerisity of Alberta.

Bill Yeo has retired from his position as Senior Historian and Chief of Historical and Archaeological Research for Parks Canada.

With Contributions By:  Simon M. Evans, Terry G. Jordan-Bychov, Brian W. Dippie, Alan B. McCullough, Joy  Oetelaar, Warren M. Elofson, Henry C. Klassen, Max Foran, Lorain Lounsberry, Richard W. Slatta, Sarah Carter, and Bill Yeo 

Praise for Cowboys, Ranchers, and the Cattle Business: 

Insights that deserve to be read and considered. 

—Paul Voisey, Great Plains Quarterly 

Table of Contents


Simon M. Evans

Does the Border Matter? Cattle Ranching and the 49th Parallel

Terry G. Jordan-Bychov

Charles M. Russell, Cowboy Culture, and the Canadian Connection

Brian W. Dippie

Not an Old Cowhand—Fred Stimson and the Bar U Ranch

Alan B. McCullough

George Lane: From Cowboy to Cattle King

Joy Oetelaar

Tenderfoot to Rider: Learning "Cowboying" on the Canadian Ranching Frontier during the 1880s

Simon M. Evans

The Untaimed Canadian Ranching Frontier, 1874–1914

Warren M. Elofson

A Century of Ranching at the Rocking P and Bar S
Henry C. Klassen

The Impact of the Depression on the Grazing Lease Policy in Alberta

Max Foran

Wild West Shows and the Canadian West

Lorian Lounsberry

The Canadian Cowboy Exhibition

Richard W. Slatta

Postscript: "He Country in Pants" No Longer—Diversifying Ranching History

Sarah Carter

Postscript: Ranching History—Have We Covered the Ground Yet?

Bill Yeo

Selected Bibliography