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 …

You Can’t Keep An Old Cowhand Down

oldcowhdA cowpoke since the age of 14, Art Biddlecomb says that what distinguishes a real cowboy is simply that “the others don’t know diddlysquat.” Worse, in increasing numbers, they are driving “quads” (a motorcycle with four wheels) or pickup trucks. “A cow,” he explains, “feels more relaxed and does a lot better if she regularly sees a cowboy on horseback poking through the herd; better than if she doesn’t see a cowboy or if she sees a pickup truck roaring at her.”

Art continuously explains what his animals are thinking. “If you get mad at a cow, you never want to show it,” he advises. “That cow’ll pick it …