In 1891, a 25-year-old Harry Longabaugh was a horse breaker at the Bar U Ranch in southern Alberta. At 160,000 acres it was one of the largest commercial ranches of the time. Longabaugh is better know today as ‘ The Sundance Kid ’ and known for the company he kept: he became a member of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch. In the early 1900’s the Bar U Ranch was the largest Percheron breeding operation in the world. A number of colourful characters are linked to it. Edward Prince of Wales and Wallace Simpson visited and liked it so much that the Prince purchased a neighbouring ranch which he called EP. Now owned by Parks Canada, visitors can tour the Bar U Ranch National Historic Site on foot on a self-guided tour, or on a wagon tour. Today it’s a ‘working ranch’ with more than 30 heritage buildings, historical interpreters and visitor services.
Where: The Bar U is located in the foothills of the Rockies, at Longview, 90 minutes southwest of Calgary. It’s a key location on the Cowboy Trail.
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Bar U Ranch, Township Road 171A, Longview, Alberta