"The Rugged Trail" invites you to a moment in history when the agricultural technologies of the early 20th Century threatened the thriving horse industry of the Great Central Plains of North America.
Author Stan Fulham tells the story of the men and women who lived through and struggled to overcome, the spiritual challenges and turmoil of change during this key turning point in the history of the Great Plains.
The captivating story follows protagonist Bronc Coleman, the old Texan cowboy, who captures a herd of wild horses and their great stallion Apollo and brings them from the Alberta foothills for auction to the prairie farmers at Fort Sabre.
Note-The book has full colour gloss laminated cover and contains 11 illustrations and sketches depicting the key events of the novel.
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Stan Fulham was born in western Canada in 1923 when the railway linked the people, materials, and livestock of a young, fast growing nation.
As a child, Fulham watched and listened to a fascinating variety of characters as they paraded through the railway station, French army officers in search of cavalry horses, horse traders from the "Big Smokes", and "card-sharpes" from the east in search of easy poker money. Fulham listened to their lively talks with awe and wonder.
The wealth and diversity of these early experiences stirred his interest in their exciting world. As a teenager he 'rode the rods' (freight trains) to the harvest fields of Saskatchewan and Alberta, where he met and was greatly influenced by the hero of this novel - Bronc Coleman.
On his 18th birthday, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. He served in Bomber Command, was shot down, wounded, and taken prisoner-of-war. He experienced the cold and starving winter of 1944-1945 and a brutal forced march in the final months of the war.
He joined a merchant ship and sailed for two years to the South Pacific Islands, Australia, and South America in search of new challenges. He then returned to the Air Force from which he retired in 1970.
He also worked with aboriginal groups, writing a successful book on aboriginal economic development entitled "In Search of a Future".
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Book Description Amisk Enterprises Ltd., 2000. Book Condition: Very Good. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP65723870
Book Description Amisk Enterprises Ltd. Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Bookseller Inventory # 2539209698