When I was a small child I lived in the long house on the right. At that time it was a cattle ranch raising Hereford and Shorthorn cross cattle. In 1975 the bison were added by my parents.
When the Log House was finished we moved to the Whitemud, as its called and my Grandparents moved into the new log house at the camp. It’s called the camp because my grandfather had a shack there. It was actually very nice and cozy. I would crawl out of the kid fence my parents had at the long house and go to Poppy’s shack. He always lifted me up on a stool to have lunch with him. He stayed in the cabin while he built the log house, barn and shop.
The Long House was moved down from the Ranger Station in the West Block of Cypress Hills Interprovincial Park.
Later the long house became his leather and woodworking shop. He made my first bareback pad (for riding horses bareback it kept your pants dry and cleaner). He also made my first western saddle using the tree from my Grandmother’s old saddle. He made my headstall and a halter for me.
Home Sweet Home! By Wendy Nuttall
I then moved into this house on the Whitemud. Photo Credit Everett Baker.
The house I moved into was the Wood & Anderson house from the Ranch of Fort Walsh. When my Grandparents sold Fort Walsh to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as their remount station. The beginning of the Musical Ride as it’s roots at Fort Walsh.
My grandfather moved the house from the site of Fort Walsh.
This Wood and Anderson or the house in the Whitemud burned down in April 1984.
A new house was built on the same spot as the Whitemud House from Wood and Anderson Ranch.
The bison and cattle continue to roam the Cypress Hills.