July 15th 2008

Summer reading. Grass Beyond The Mountains. Richmond P. Hobson

Summer reading. Grass Beyond The Mountains. Discovering the last great cattle frontier on the North American continent. Richmond P. Hobson. 1951. ISBN 0771041705.  I first read this book while at University after spending  a summer of helicopter mining exploration in the regions that Hobson talks about,  the Batanuni  Range and the Blackwater River . If you take the Anaheim trail from Quesnel through to  Bella Coola you will see this incredible and huge country. I was lucky to meet some of the characters in the book, Panhandle Philips and his wife Adelia at their ranch.  This book details the finding of the 5 million acre ranch and the toughness shown by these pioneers in just getting there.  Hobson’s second book , Nothing Too Good For  A Cowboy, details the building of the ranch and the trials and tribulations they went through. (It became a TV drama)  This is real horses and men stuff, unvarnished and simple – but a great read at anytime, especially since its all about opening up BC in the 30s.

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