Columbia Valley Co-Operative Creamery Association

The people of the valley were looking at ways to use some of the resources they already had to create financial opportunities. The realized that unless they all worked together, much as we all did when it appeared that the mill was going to close in 1996, they wouldn’t be successful. Those interested held a…

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Tom Wilson, Trail Blazer and Trail Rider

“Tom Wilson, last of the Kicking Horse Pass trailblazers of 1881, cross the final Great Divide on Wednesday.”  So read the opening of a telegraphic dispatch appearing in the Canadian newspapers pf September 22nd, and though the news was not altogether unexpected, it caused widespread sorrow among his many friends and deep sympathy for his…

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Kootenay District

It’s fascinating to look back at old manuscripts, manuals and booklets, that describe life in and around Golden in the time before we were all born. This excerpt comes from the British Columbia Directory for 1887. “The timber in the Upper Kootenay Valley is remarkably fine, particularly the tamarack (larch), and yellow pine species. Both…

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The CPR Big Hill and Field, BC

The Big Hill By H.T. Coleman – February 1945 CPR Bulletin The statement that the world has no more spectacular piece of railroad than that which lies between Banff, Alberta, and the far western slope of the Rockies is not news. It has been Canada’s self-justified boast for over 50 years, and throughout that time…

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