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There’s gold in Rossland’s hills

Rossland Museum is holding a gold and silver raffle - first prize is one ounce of Gold from the Canadian Mint.

Rossland’s history is rich with gold and now you can have a chance at getting your own piece of the luxury metal. First prize in the raffle is one ounce of gold from the Canadian Mint and second and third place winners will go home with two or one silver coins, respectively.

The Rossland Museum is holding a gold and silver raffle and Joyce Austin, manager of the museum, says the raffle will go right back to the museum.

“Stake your claim to an ounce of gold and reconnect with Rossland’s golden history,” she said. “The [money raised] will go towards funding the museum.”

Tickets for the raffle cost $10 each and there are only 400 being printed. Austin says the chances of winning are pretty good.

“The odds of winning are very attractive,” she said in a press release. “Tickets can be purchased from the museum members and the Golden City Days Committee.”

There are also tickets for sale at the Alpine Drug Mart in Rossland.

The final draw for the top prize will be held during Rossland’s annual Golden City Days weekend on Saturday September 6 and 4 p.m.

Rossland’s history was built on gold mining and Austin says the mining industry there is inextricably linked to Trail’s history and the smelter, making the gold and silver raffle relevant to the area the minerals helped build..

“The mines in Rossland were very important in the founding of the smelter in Trail,” she said. “In the early days, the steamboats would come up the Columbia River and drop the workers off at Trail Creek Landing before the headed up to Rossland and started working in the mine. Our communities are very connected.”

The Rossland Museum also invites visitors to come and check out their exhibits and displays this summer, including a history of mountain biking in the Rossland area.

To find out more information about the raffle or the history of Rossland, call Austin at the Rossland Museum at 362-7722.

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