24 Photos Show Canadian Cowboys from 1883 to 1926

By | January 20, 2017

Southern Alberta was, and remains, a ranching country, with a number of acres of grasslands supplying pasture for hungry cattle. Several ranches were set up in the province starting in the 1880s, and cowboys were employed to tend to the cattle, horses, and other livestock.

In the spring, the animals were branded. Then huge round-ups happen in the fall. The cowboys took shelter in bunk-houses and tents, ate chuckwagon grub, were adept horsemen (a few even joined the rodeo circuit), and spent most of their lives in the saddle.

Delight in this few cowboy photographs, from the late 19th to early 20th centuries.

Calgary Cowboys, Alberta, 1883
Candian Cowboy 1

Group at Medicine Hat, Alberta, 1885
Candian Cowboy 2

A lad in his cowboy outfit, 1888
Candian Cowboy 3

Branding at the OH Ranch corrals, near High River, Alberta, 1892
Candian Cowboy 4

'Bachelor's Hall', interior view of a bunkhouse on a Southern Alberta ranch, 1894
Candian Cowboy 5

Roping a heifer for spaying on ranch, Maple Creek area, Saskatchewan, 1897
Candian Cowboy 6

Bruce and Jim Hunter in homestead shack, Dog Pound area, Alberta, 1897
Candian Cowboy 7

Cowboys stretching a steer at round-up, Maple Creek area, Saskatchewan, 1897
Candian Cowboy 8

Bar U Ranch cowboys, general round-up, southern Alberta, May 31, 1901.
Candian Cowboy 9

Bar U Ranch cowboys, general round-up, southern Alberta, May 31, 1901
Candian Cowboy 10

Cowboy riding a bucking bronco on Billy Cochrane's CC Ranch, Mosquito Creek, Alberta, 1901
Candian Cowboy 11

Riders of southern Alberta round-up, 1901
Candian Cowboy 12

Branding at Brown Ranch, Queenstown, Alberta, 1900-03
Candian Cowboy 13

Bar U Ranch group on round-up, Pekisko, Alberta, 1900-05
Candian Cowboy 14

Last Bow River Ranche cattle round-up, near Cochrane, Alberta, 1905-06
Candian Cowboy 15

Cowboy Clem Gardner wearing chaps, Pirmez Creek, Alberta, 1906
Candian Cowboy 16

Man doing laundry outside cabin, Longview, Alberta, 1907
Candian Cowboy 17

Sarcee boys in hats, Calgary, Alberta, 1912
Candian Cowboy 18

Tom Three Persons, blood cowboy, September 1912
Candian Cowboy 19

Cowboy with horse and dog on top of Burgess Pass, British Columbia, 1914
Candian Cowboy 20

Cowboys on Fred Andrews bunk, bunkhouse, Bar U ranch, Pekisko, Alberta, 1917
Candian Cowboy 21

Wild horse round-up, Hussar, Alberta, 1919
Candian Cowboy 22

Group on street at Gleichen, Alberta, 1920-21
Candian Cowboy 23

Cowboy having meal during cattle round-up drive, 1926
Candian Cowboy 24

H/T Glenbow Museum