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Cattle Drive

Because cattle were often purchased from the sprawling ranches in Montana or even further away, huge herds would need to be driven across miles of mountains and prairie before reaching southern Alberta. Generally, the Cattle Drivewould follow the same route as had the early traders and explorers. Eventually called the Macleod Trail, the lower part of the Great North Trail went from Ft. Benton in Montana north and west, crossing the border near Coutts, past Lethbridge and on to Ft. Macleod.