This moose team belonged to W.R. (Billy/Buffalo Bill) Day. They were found by a Metis near Baptiste Lake in 1910 and were reared by bottle and broken to drive by Mr. Day at Athabasca Landing during the winter of 1910. Mr. Day and the moose team hauled mail and supplies to Wabasca, Edmonton, Pelican Mountains, Calling Lake, Athabasca, Colinton, Rochester, Tawatinaw, Clyde, Legal, Carbondale and St. Albert. Buffalo Bill and his wife also ran a store at Calling Lake.
Photograph J.H. Gano; Mrs. L. Lyons fonds.
When this fun tidbit of info came out to me on my facebook feed, I did some digging an fact checking.. so cool.. some 100 year old Canadian triva for you 🙂
As the price of gas goes up, we may need alternative forms of transport like this again 🙂
lol. I hear you
Look awfully skinny, don’t they? ):
I thought as yearlings they looked pretty good but its winter and a hundred years ago, they didn’t do fat like we do now.. most of their animals in winter in photos were a lot leaner then what ours are in Canada now
Yeah, that’s true hey? Totally forgot about their age.
Thank you for the picture and narrative of my Grandfather. (Mr. Day) He was quite a character. He fought in the Boar War and WW1, settled in Calling Lake and was the Rieve, JP, coroner. and local law representative. He ran a freight wagon to Athabaska with Percheron horses thru a trail that he surveyed himself. He put in a telephone system at the lake and started the first school up there.
A real character.
wow, thanks for more info.. bless you for sharing that..