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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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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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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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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