The Stampede Ranch
I have to say that southern Alberta has some of the most beautiful ranch country seen anywhere, and who's to say otherwise with vistas such as this one.
The Stampede Ranch located beneath Holy Cross mountain in the Highwood valley west of Longview AB, has roots that go all the way back to Guy Weadick, one of the founders of the Calgary Stampede beginning in 1912.
Guy Weadick ran the Calgary Stampede for 20 years in addition to promoting his Wild West shows around the world and went on the become the owner of the Stampede Ranch.
Guy Weadick passed in 1953, but his name lives on at the Calgary Stampede, where the Guy Weadick Award is presented to a deserving cowboy or cowgirl each year.
Just so you know, there actually are more buildings that make up the Stampede Ranch headquarters, however being some of them are modern looking, I chose to frame the photo with the original barn and a few out-buildings to retain the original look of the ranch.
Also, to be clear, although the ranch carries the name "Stampede Ranch", it is not affiliated in any way with the Calgary Stampede.
In fact, The Calgary Stampede does own a ranch where rodeo stock is breed, and that ranch called "The Calgary Stampede Ranch" is located in the Hand Hills up by Hanna AB.
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