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Published in GREAT PLAINS QUARTERLY 26:1 (Winter 2006) Copyright © 2006 Center for Great Plains Studies, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.


Located almost directly south of Calgary, Alberta, the North West Cattle Company, or Bar U, is one of the longest surviving large ranches on the Canadian Prairies, Founded in 1881 during a land rush, it was one of several to acquire large leases on government land, Under the management of Fred Stimson, an experienced farmer from Quebec, the Bar U prospered, partly because of cheap land hut mainly because of solid management and good marketing and transportation strategies,