Cowboy Statue Rejected!

cowboysrGeorge Lane was reportedly tall enough to hook his spurs under the belly of a horse. Born in Iowa in 1856, he came to Alberta in 1887 to run the Bar U for Fred Stimson, manager of the North West Land and Cattle Company. In 1905, Mr. Lane and some backers bought the ranch–1,800 acres, 5,000 head of cattle and 1,000 horses–for $220,000. Mr. Lane kept it until his death in 1925, and meat-packing magnate Pat Burns took over in 1927.

Mr. Lane was one of the top 10 operators in the history of Canadian ranching, says Hugh Dempsey, retired curator of Calgary’s Glenbow Museum. A shrewd businessman, Mr. Lane …