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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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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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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Celebrating 20 Years of the Kicking Horse River Pedestrian Bridge

Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge – Golden, BC After several years of discussion, a design proposal for the timber frame Kicking Horse Pedestrian Bridge was brought to council in January 2000. The bridge would enhance the visual appearance of the downtown area, create a destination piece and extend the existing trail system. With drawings in hand,…

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Horse Races Were Big In Golden, BC

Horse Racing in Golden, BC

Competitions Attracted Spectators in Golden, BC The people of Golden, BC were always up to a challenge. Be it foot races or fall fair events everyone took part. It makes sense then that local horse owners used deserted town streets to challenge each other to a race. Horse racing grew and soon competitors came from…

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Caroline Bergenham – Art by Correspondence

Caroline Bergenham was born in Jamtland, Sweden on April 24, 1888, the only daughter of John and Brita. She came to Canada as a child with the rest of her family in 1893 settling in Golden, BC. The family moved to Moberly, BC when John found work as a section hand. Here they squatted on…

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Love in Golden, BC

“George Love has been a resident of Golden since 1889 when his father came out to this province. They lived on the farm now owned by Tommy King (present day Kings Trailer Park area) and Mr. Love spent all this life here except for eight years. He also went to school with Maggie Gould, the…

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Phantom Lake

Reflection Lake aka Phantom Lake 1960's

In 1911 work began on the Kootenay Central Railway that ran from the Canadian Pacific Railway in Golden, BC, south towards Cranbrook, BC. The railway would open on this section in 1913 and change trade and travel throughout the area. The railroad, ran across its own railway bridge, from the north side of Golden to…

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