Edelweiss Swiss Village

Shortly after the first trains of the C.P.R. crossed the mountains on their long haul to the Pacific Coast, reports of jagged peaks and unclimbed summits began to bring mountaineers to this vast new challenging area. Since trails were non-existent and accommodation meagre it was not log before hotels were constricted at Lake Louise, Field…

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Working on the Big Bend

From the Golden Star – August 28, 1936 When Canadian Pacific engineers faced the frowning heights from the junction of the Kicking Horse and Columbia rivers they had a choice of two paths. They could have sighted their transits north and followed the natural path which the Columbia had been carving through the range for uncounted millions of years, a path roughly 200 miles between the points that were to become Golden and Revelstoke.…

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Countess of Dufferin

Museums are a way of preserving articles so that future generations have the opportunity to see “the real thing.” It’s an opportunity for people to see things as they once were, see them in operation and watch as they evolve through the years.  Some things though, can never be improved upon because they were the best tools for the job. The Countess of Dufferin was one of those tools. A…

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Golden Legion Branch #122

An organizational meeting to form the Golden Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was held on Thursday, April 16th in the dining room of the Russell Hotel. The Golden Branch would prove to be the sixteenth branch to be formed in the province of BC. They received their Charter on May 28, 1931. Just one…

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A WRONG RIGHTED AT REUNION

A Wrong Righted at Reunion The Golden Star – May 22, 1985 by Brenda Shook A happy little girl ran into the kitchen yelling, “Mother, mother, I’m getting the honor roll.” She dragged her mother away from her work and trudged over to the Lady Grey School. “We waited in the back,” recalls Myra Ing,…

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QUEEN’S HOTEL IN GOLDEN, BC

ITS HUMBLE BEGINNINGS The Queen’s Hotel started out as a small roughly built log building that boasted five rooms and a bathroom. Built by William Archer in 1883, the hotel with its tent roof, served as a stopping place for miners, railroaders, salesmen and settlers. William and his wife, Mary, eventually bought a farm to…

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BUILDING BRIDGES AND TRESTLES FOR THE CPR

Introduction When the Steel Went Through by P Turner Bone, relates the stories of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway, from a first-hand perspective. On the 4th of January 1877, at the age of 17 years, Bone began his five-year apprenticeship with the firm of Kyle, Dennison, and Few, Civil Engineers and Land Surveyors.…

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CPR Station Scene of 1942 Murder

A great tragedy struck the community of Golden on Dec 19, 1942, when between the hours of four and four thirty in the morning, Philomena Carano was pronounced dead by Dr. D.J. Barclay, in the Ladies Waiting Room of the Golden C.P.R. Station. Her husband Thomas Carano, was taken into custody and charged with her…

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Plan Your Visit

Your safety and that of our staff is our highest priority. To ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit please be aware that we are following the Provincial Health guidelines. Face coverings are required and the Golden Museum requires proof of vaccine on entry. Please be considerate of others – especially as the gallery…

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Horse Creek School – Gone But Not Forgotten

The air is crisp and the mornings foggy which means that school in School District #6 is back in session. Here is some information for one of the almost forgotten schools in the district near Golden, BC. Horse Creek School Horse Creek School was at Nicholson, BC. Classes at Nicholson were originally held in a…

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