Photographer's Note

Picture taken at the Calgary Stampede.

Since the arrival of the railway in 1883, ranchers and farmers have played a large role in the local western economy. Because summer is quiet for them, early July became the perfect time to hold an event, which would both entertain and create new business ventures for Calgary and the West. Back in 1912, an entrepreneurial cowboy named Guy Weadick decided he wanted to develop a Wild West Cowboy Show similar to ones he had seen produced in the United States. He arranged financing from the "Big 4" (Lane, McLean, Burns and Cross) to the tune of $100,000 and in September 1912, the first Calgary Stampede was held - a roaring success.

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