This Week in History
"It's Good To Be Alberta Bound"
For the week of Monday June 25, 2007
On June 26, 1861, one of Calgary’s prominent citizens, Alfred Ernest Cross, was born in Montréal, Quebec. Cross brought prosperity to the frontier town with the construction of a brewery, the establishment of one of the largest ranches in Western Canada and the founding of the Calgary Stampede.
In 1886, Cross would establish his own ranch, which came to be known as the a7 Ranche, south of Calgary near the town of Nanton, Alberta. Though the ranch kept him occupied, he found time, in 1892, to establish the Calgary Brewing & Malting Company. In 1899, Cross was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the North West Territories, only to resign in 1904 to focus on the expansion of his ranch and his brewery, as both of these operations had become quite successful and profitable.
Cross continued to be involved in day-to-day operations of the a7 Ranche and of the brewery up until his death in 1932. His sons then took over. Though the brewery was later sold, the a7 Ranche still exists today. The Calgary Stampede continues to draw more than a million visitors every year with its warm western hospitality.
Alfred Ernest Cross was designated a National Historic Person in 1971.
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