Ross Creek and the Lost River Ranch and the Story of a Celebrated Pioneer Family from Southern Alberta-A Historical Vignette

Ross Creek is a name very familiar to those who live in Medicine Hat. It is named after a well-known pioneer family whose patriarch was Walter Inkerman Ross, who established a huge ranch south of the Cypress Hills and west towards Lethbridge which in time, through three generations of ranchers, developed a rather unusual name given its location. It was called the “Lost River Ranch” and its story and the story of the Ross family and their unique connection to Medicine Hat is a story worth telling.


Travel Insurance, the Global Pandemic and the “Pre-Existing Condition” Enigma: “Be Sure To Read the Fine Print”

Many “Snowbirds” are anxiously preparing for their extended trip down south, while others are contemplating an extended holiday to Europe or elsewhere this fall or in the Spring. The emergence of the Global Pandemic and the spread of COVID-19 has caused many to re-evaluate their travel plans and assess the “risk” of leaving the country. Here is an revised and updated version of an earlier article which was written and posted on my blog in 2018, which was part of the series of articles on the Canadian Visitor to The United States. I hope you find it informative and of interest. READ ON:

“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor”: The Life and Times of A Famous Medicine Hat Remittance Man-Horatio Hamilton Ross

The history of Medicine Hat is full of interesting characters but none were as colourful and had more “swashbuckling” adventures than that of Captain Horatio Hamilton Ross, who graced his presence in Medicine Hat at the turn of the century. 

For anyone interested in the history of Medicine Hat, his story and his unique connection to Medicine Hat is a story, which for many reasons, ought to be told.  READ ON

The “Sin Bin”-A Nostalgic Look Back at the History of the Assiniboia Hotel (Medicine Hat)

For anyone who grew up in Medicine Hat in the 60’s and 70’s, there was no more iconic symbol of the “Hat”, than the large neon sign that advertised the location of the Assiniboia Inn located at the corner of 3rd Street and South Railway.

No examination of the history of Medicine Hat would be complete without exploring  the history of the Assiniboia Hotel, and those who had the foresight and imagination to build this “classic” hotel, and create an enduring sign or symbol of prosperity which became in its time a recognizable landmark and a symbol of success for the place I still call home… Medicine Hat.  READ ON


The Keys to Successful Aging

As a historian and amateur genealogist, I have written extensively on various topics including articles relating to the history of the “Medicine Hat” and some of its more interesting characters and historical events. In addition to my passion for local history, I also enjoy the researching and writing from time to time about other topics which I find of interest. One such topic is “aging” and more specifically “retirement”. For those who are contemplating or who are in the early stages of this important aspect of life, here is a brief article, which is a slight departure from my usual “historical” offerings, which some may find of interest.

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