Wild Horse Jack's
Wild Horse Jack's Grill
Is the place to be if you want to enjoy good food in a welcoming atmosphere. Our family friendly restaurant is a perfect choice for lunches, dinners and all other special occasions. Cowpokes of all ages love our western surroundings. Wild Horse Jack would have approved!
Come and enjoy our daily features or select from our tasty selection of appetizers and entrees, from our freshly made soups, homemade pasta, juicy burgers, and hearty entrees to mention just a few of our favourites! And if you’ve got any room left, our desserts are simply to die for!
Our goal at Wild Horse Jack's is to ensure our food and drink meets the highest standards of quality, freshness and seasonality and combines both modern-creative and traditional western styles of cooking.
Mosey on in and take a load off. During the warmer months enjoy our sunny patio with a nice cold beer or special cocktail.
Reservations: 1-877-987-2999 (403-677-2999) Hours: Wed-Sat 12pm-8pm
Wild Horse Jack
Born Balmoral, Manitoba, 1875 died Gleichen, Alberta, August 9, 1944
Jack Morton became a legend as a giant of a man in looks and in his approach to life. He was known by many nicknames such as Paul Bunyan of the West for his incredible strength, Captain Blood of the Plains for his reckless adventuring, Old Sundown for his habit on taking on large projects late in the day as well as Robin Hood of the Prairies for his great generosity in helping struggling settler families.
His favourite handle would probably be Wild Horse Jack. In his prime Jack stood close to 6 foot 4 inches tall with piercing blue eyes, black hair, huge hands and size 14 feet. His preference was always for unruly horses, the more spirited the better. So what he considered tame when he gave or sold livestock to others was always a matter of opinion.
A fierce competitive spirit and a longing for the freedom of the cowboy life drove him from his Manitoba home and eventually to working for José Sala, a French wine merchant turned rancher. He ended up courting José’s daughter Carmen. Although José was in favour of the marriage, his wife was not so she brought Carmen back to Manitoba and threatened to ship her off to a convent. Her brother Paul sent a telegraph to Jack. Jack caught the first train and Paul supplied the ladder so they could elope.
Jack Morton purchased his first quarter section SE of Rosebud in 1909, by 1919 he had nearly 15,000 acres of crop and grazing land as well as over 7000 horses and a few thousand head of cattle along with two steam engine tractors and a 30-60 Rumley Oil Pull tractor. His ranch holdings covered vast areas of land through Rosebud, Standard, Rockyford and Gleichen.
His nephew Darcy Morton had to come from Manitoba to join him when one night after celebrating the end of seeding, his crew ended up enlisting in the war. There are many stories of his feats of strength and shenanigans at the Calgary Stampede and other rodeos in the area.
For photos and further stories of Wild Horse Jack and his nephew Darcy Morton visit Rosebud Centennial Museum across the street, peruse their copy of Grant MacEwan’s Wildhorse Jack or references in the many local history books.