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The Last Brownsville Ranch

November 19, 2015

These two cows, resting on hillside pasture within a couple of miles of the city centre, may be the last remnants of what was once a thriving agricultural district.farm at South Westminster

Ebenezer Brown was one of the first to graze cows here, and they sometimes strayed into the garden of Sam Herring, who started the first commercial dairy, supplying the city of New Westminster with fresh milk daily.
After the Telegraph Road was put through to Yale in 1865, Interior ranchers drove their cattle down to Brown’s Landing, especially in winter when ice put a halt to steamboat traffic on the Fraser River and the muddy trail firmed up. From 1875 onward the trunk road was used.

January, 1875:

“Mr Allison got down to Brown’s Landing yesterday with 50 head of splendid cattle. Messrs. Lowe & Haynes band is at Langley and will be down in a day or two.”

Allsion Pass on the Hope-Princeton Highway is named after Similkameen pioneer and roadbuilder John Fall Allison.

January 1880:

“Cattle. – A band of beef cattle for Mr. Roper arrived at Brown’s Landing on Monday, by the road.”

WJ Roper brand anchor - Cherry Creek BCWJ Roper of Cherry Creek on the Thompson River was one the province’s best known cattle men, even in 1884 when the itinerant Morley Roberts called at his ranch looking for work. Robert’s found employment, lodging and friendship at the neighboring ranch of JLS Hughes.

Each ranch had a distinctive brand for their cattle and horses.

A gallery of livestock brands follows in a separate post.

 

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