Monday, September 2, 2013
Beiseker's CPR Station is 100 Years Old!
We'll have live music, refreshments, and activities for everyone there.
We will also have a very special unveiling during the celebration. When you think of ranching in Alberta, your mind automatically goes to towns like Cochrane, Stavely, or Longview. Your picture in your mind the herds of cattle roaming the hills and valleys to the west of Calgary. You might be surprised to learn that some of Alberta's earliest ranches were located near our village, out here on the prairie.
In order to recognise the historical significance of these early ranches the Beiseker Museum Society has commissioned a mural picturing the early ranch days around here.
Some years brought devastating losses to the ranchers as blizzards and bone chilling temperatures destroyed their herds. In the early part of the last century the Canadian government and the CPR opened up the ranchlands around here to settlement and farmers . So ended the ranching days.
The Elliott Ranch was located east of Beiseker and was eventually "closed off" as settlers and homesteaders moved in. The Beiseker Museum Society has had created a mural to celebrate those early ranching days.
The mural historically commemorates life on those early ranches over 110 years ago. It will be unveiled at our CPR station celebrations on 29 September .