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The Rocky Mountain Rangers of 1885

The Rocky Mountain Ranger

A traditional cowboy hat design from The Last Best West

Rocky Mountain Ranger Hat

With this design we attempted to fashion a crown shape reminiscent of a ridge in the Alberta Rocky Mountains. We feel this back crease beautifully compliments the 3 pinch creasing we’ve worked into the front of the crown.

The original Rocky Mountain Rangers

In 1885 the Riel Rebellion inflamed the Canadian West – and in response militia units were formed throughout the Northwest Territories (in 1885 it included Alberta and Saskatchewan) of Canada. In 1885 one unit was organized and commanded by a former Cavalry Captain, John Stewart.

Stewart called the group the Rocky Mountain Rangers, and the unit was made up of 3 troops of 40 men each. Many Rangers were former Mounties, but most Troopers were American cowboys working ranches in the Medicine Hat area.

The Rocky Mountain Rangers of 1885 lasted only 3 months, and never saw any action. Called the “Tough Men” by the towns folk of Medicine Hat, the troop spent their time on long patrols. And amused themselves by getting drunk and annoying the regular army troops, in the Halifax Provisional Battalion that were stationed nearby.

When the Riel Rebellion ended the volunteer unit was disbanded, however the name: Rocky Mountain Rangers was resurrected in 1900 and to this day remains the name of a prestigious Canadian Infantry Regiment.

The original Rocky Mountain Rangers became The South Alberta Horse, and now the South Alberta Light Horse, and are the direct descendants of the 1885 Rocky Mountain Trooper. And today they continue to carry the Battle honor on their Battle Flag, Northwest Canada 1885.

our thanks to Jim Ogston; Historian for the South Alberta Light Horse, for adding to our understanding.

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