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Semiahmoo in Greater Vancouver Regional District, British Columbia — The Canadian Pacific
 

Peace Arch

The Signing of the Columbia River Treaty

 
 
Peace Arch Marker image. Click for full size.
By Leo Chen, August 11, 2007
1. Peace Arch Marker
Inscription. Upper marker:
This unfortified boundary line between the
Dominion of Canada
and the
United States of America
should quicken the remembrance of the more than century old friendship between these countries
A lesson of peace to all nations.

Lower marker:
In commemoration of
One hundred and fifty years of peace, 1814 - 1864, between Canada and the United States of America.
The signing of the Columbia River Treaty on September 16th, 1964, at this international peace arch park by the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, and the Prime Minister of Canada, the Right Honorable Lester B. Pearson, P. C.
Erected and dedicated to continued peace and good will of the peoples of Canada and the United States by Kiwanis International on November 28, 1965,
 
Erected 1936 by Kiwanis International.
 
Location. 49° 0.126′ N, 122° 45.374′ W. Marker is in Semiahmoo, British Columbia, in Greater Vancouver Regional District. Marker is on Interstate 5, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. This is the West Coast United States/Canada Peace Arch on the National Border. Marker is at or near this postal address: 16800 Peace Park Drive, Semiahmoo, British Columbia V4B, Canada.
 
Other nearby markers.
Peace Arch image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2006
2. Peace Arch
The Canada/U.S. West Coast Peace Arch. The marker is just out of site to the right in this photograph. The lintel on the American side is inscribed, "Children of a Common Mother." The opposite side (not shown) is inscribed: "Brethren dwelling together in unity."
At least 8 other markers are within 26 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic Elgin (approx. 8.9 kilometers away); The Semiahmoo Trail (approx. 9 kilometers away); Historic Port Elgin (approx. 9 kilometers away); Farming History (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); Historic Stewart Farmhouse (approx. 9.4 kilometers away); Historic McMillan Expediton (approx. 11.3 kilometers away); The Great Fire (approx. 25 kilometers away); The New Westminster Court House and Land Registry Office (approx. 25 kilometers away).
 
More about this marker. There is a complex of Peace Arch related properties here, including gardens, a golf course and a British Columbia Regional Park.
 
Regarding Peace Arch.

The Peace Arch stands on the international boundary between Blaine, Washington, and Douglas, British Columbia. The Arch was constructed to commemorate the centennial (1814-1914) of the signing of the Treaty of Ghent on December 24, 1814. The Treaty of Ghent ended the war of 1812 between the United States and Great Britain, a conflict that was waged in North America and involved Canadians, as well as Americans and British.

In 1914, the international fund-raising efforts for the Arch were spearheaded by Samuel Hill, famed Washington State lawyer, financier, road builder
United States - Canada Peace Arch Inside Left Column image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2006
3. United States - Canada Peace Arch Inside Left Column
Inscription: 1814-1914 - Open 100 Years
and humanitarian, who later dedicated it on September 6, 1921. The Arch's design was donated by H.W. Corbett of London, England, an internationally known architect. Automobile clubs in Washington State and British Columbia contributed time and money. Construction began under an international force of volunteers in 1920.

Standing 67 feet high, the Peace Arch is made of concrete and reinforced steel. Its foundation consists of 76 fourteen inch pilings driven 25-30 feet into the earth. The Arch was said to be one of the first structures in North America constructed to be earthquake proof.

The Arch contains metal caskets in which pieces of the Pilgrim Ship Mayflower and the Canadian Steam Vessel Beaver. Hence there are pictures of each on opposites sides of the Arch.
 
Also see . . .  Peace Arch Park Web Page. Lots of detail about all the features of the Peace Arch Park. (Submitted on February 13, 2010, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 
 
Additional keywords. British Columbia, Washington State, Douglas B.C., Blaine WA, White Rock B.C.
 
Categories. Charity & Public WorkGovernmentMan-Made FeaturesNotable PersonsPeaceRoads & VehiclesSettlements & SettlersWar of 1812
 
United States - Canada Peace Arch Inside Right Column image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2006
4. United States - Canada Peace Arch Inside Right Column
Inscription: "May These Gates Never be Closed"
Mayflower Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2010
5. Mayflower Plaque
Mounted in right column (from South) of the Peace Arch

The Mayflower was the ship that transported the English Separatists, better known as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England, to Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States (which would become the capital of Plymouth Colony), in 1620.
Steam Ship Beaver Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2010
6. Steam Ship Beaver Plaque
Mounted in Left Column (from South) of the Peace Arch.

Beaver was the first steamship to operate in the Pacific Northwest of North America. She made remote parts of the west coast of Canada accessible for fur trading and was chartered by the Royal Navy for surveying the coastline of British Columbia.
Nearby Commemoration to the Life and Works of Samuel Hill image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2006
7. Nearby Commemoration to the Life and Works of Samuel Hill
In Commemoration of the Life and Works of Samuel Hill 1857 - 1931
Eminent road builder - A true Quaker - foremost in peace - always promoting world-wide unity and good will - who ever sought to build up but never tear down

This tablet erected by Washington Good Roads Association, 1936
Landscaping Around the Peace Arch image. Click for full size.
By Thomas Chris English, April 26, 2010
8. Landscaping Around the Peace Arch
 
 
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