Nostalgia on Hazel Morgan Cuffling

In the latter half of the 1970’s the Golden Star ran a really interesting series called Nostalgia. Sometimes the stories ran several weeks in a row in order to get the information and they covered the history of the early settler families in the Columbia Valley. The following story was based on the life of…

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A Deck of Dog Eared Cards

This area. That we love and have come to call home wasn’t always the wondrous place that it is today. There was a time, 130 or so years ago when there were no roads., trails coming through the area were used mostly by the Aboriginal people, primarily the Ktunaxa and the Secempwec, and buy a…

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GOLDEN NEAR EXTINCTION

Friday, April 24, 1931 – The Golden Star Fire Destroys Considerable Portion of Business Section; Whole Town Endangered WednesdayThe origin of the fire has not been determined, but the blaze was first observed on the roof of the picture theatre, about 5 p.m. In a very short time the whole buildings, which consists of a…

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Scarves and Hats and Mittens from Dog Fur

From time to time I share with you some of our more unusual museum items. Things like tramp art, a 17th century Japanese soldier’s mask, a letter from King William III, dated and signed on June 6, 1696. We have a python skin, a sawfish, and a small piece of metal from the Empress of…

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Big Bend Gold Rush

Mining in the area that we know as Big Bend Country was underway as early as 1864 but the chief activities took place between 1865-66. The following report from the Daily Province, Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, February 18, 1922, covers some of the mining activity and who was involved as well as the history of…

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APPALLING DISASTER IN PALLISER TUNNEL

The Golden Star – Oct 15, 1921 Double-Header Freight Crashed Into Cave-In Fourteen Miles East of Golden SEVEN ARE DEAD AS RESULT OF ACCIDENT Traffic Detoured over Kootenay Central Route Till Road Built Around Wreck The dead: Palmer Dean, Revelstoke, survived by a wife and three children. George H. Goodwin, Revelstoke, survived by wife and…

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Recreation in Golden, BC

From the book titled “Kinbasket Country” the story of Golden and the Columbia Valley, comes a look at some of the old-time recreation that took place in the valley.  Since the early days, Golden has been a great place for recreation of all kinds. When the C.P.R. began its transcontinental passenger service, entertainers of many…

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JAMES MEAGHER CARROLL AND THE DONNOLLY MURDERS

It’s like Christmas when the Golden Museum received a large lot of old legal documents that pertain to some of the homesteads in the area. The names on the paperwork are really the who’s who of early Golden and the packages begin with the original application for homestead. One of the larger packages was assigned…

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Murder at Field, BC

As is evidenced by the excavation and assessment carried out on the bodies removed by Simon Frazer University from the Golden Pioneer Cemetery, violence played a big role in the early history of this area. Five of the eight bodies removed from the cemetery showed signs of violence. One of these had a fractured skull…

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce in Golden, BC

Have you ever thought about the number of times in a month you go to the bank? With cash machines all over the place, banking by phone and my personal favorite, by computer we seldom have to actually face a teller anymore. But it is still an option that we have that they didn’t have…

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