“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
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Historical Markers in Kootenay Boundary, British Columbia

The Sunset Smelter image, Touch for more information
B.C. Department of Mines via B.C. Archives I-55689 (public domain), circa 1905
The Sunset Smelter
1British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Boundary Falls — Boundary Falls Smelter
Although prospectors like "Jolly Jack” Thorton worked this area during the 1860s, Boundary Falls was not settled until the 1890s, when a new breed of miners flooded the district. Surrounded by mining properties, the Boundary Falls Smelter (also . . . Map (db m187917) HM
2British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Christina Lake — CascadeGateway to the Boundary Country
Cascade came into being during the late-1890s as a bustling railway construction town claiming 17 hotels at its height. Its location along the Canada-U.S. border proved strategic for mining, freighting, and hydro-electricity. The early development . . . Map (db m187915) HM
3British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Eholt — EholtDivisional Point of the Boundary
In 1900, the CPR's Columbia & Western Railway penetrated the formidable mountains between Nelson and Midway, connecting the Boundary district to East Kootenay coalfields and beyond. Eholt, at the summit between Grand Forks and Greenwood, became the . . . Map (db m187908) HM
4British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Grand Forks — The Doukhobors
Doukhobors arrived in the Kootenay Boundary area in 1908. Persecuted in Russia for rejecting church rituals and military service, they were derisively named Doukhobors, or ‘Spirit Wrestlers’. Finding refuge in Canada, these Christian pacifists . . . Map (db m187884) HM
5British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Greenwood — Copper Street
During the prosperous years of the late 1890s, this street was one of the busiest thoroughfares in the province. Little wonder, for in those years copper was king, and Greenwood — incorporated as a city in 1897 — was the capital of the copper-rich . . . Map (db m187914) HM
6British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Greenwood — Greenwood Smelter
In this wilderness of rugged mountains, ore was first found in the late 1880's. Further prospects led to the building of a large smelter by the B.C. Copper Co. From 1901, copper, gold and silver poured from its furnaces. Fed by the great Motherlode . . . Map (db m187998) HM
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7British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Midway — Kettle Valley Railroad
When the Midway to Hope section of the “K.V.” was completed in 1916 and joined with existing short lines, it formed a direct southern railroad from Alberta to the Pacific Coast. An important factor in advancing the economy of southern B.C., it has . . . Map (db m187941) HM
8British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Midway — MidwayRailways and Hotels
Proximity to Boundary Creek mines, and excellent climate, water and soil convinced Midway promoters of a bright future as a "railway and residential town.” The Columbia & Western Railway reached Midway in 1900; five years later, the Vancouver, . . . Map (db m187938) HM
9British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Rossland — The Rossland Mines
You have entered the crater of an ancient volcano rich in minerals. The waste dumps are the remains of famous Rossland mines staked in 1890 by prospectors passing on the near-by Dewdney Trail. From these fabulously rich workings came 6,000,000 tons . . . Map (db m187953) HM
10British Columbia, Kootenay Boundary, Silica — The Dewdney Trail
"A travel route north of the boundary line" was the cry in the 1860's when gold was found in the Kootenays. Edgar Dewdney built such a route — a trail 360 miles long from Coast to Rockies. For over two decades it carried miners, settlers, gold . . . Map (db m187959) HM
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Mar. 29, 2023