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Cowboy: Ranch hand that was skilled in various ranch duties such as bronc busting,
roundup, roping, and riding and possessed a great knowledge of horses. Many Canadian cowboys came to the prairies from the United States while others were from the British upper-middle classes. Most were employed on the southern ranches and took part in the annual round-up. The image of the cowboy has been wildly romanticized by Hollywood in the twentieth century as an independent, rough and tough figure bedecked in chaps, with a six-shooter at his side, cowboy boots and, of course, his cowboy hat. Their myth, as much as their reality, has come to symbolize the western life and spirit.

For more information on the Cowboy life in Alberta, visit Alberta: Home, Home on the Plains!

F.C. Inderwick

F.C. Inderwick