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A couple of adventurous Trail boys playing in flood of ‘48. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Making the best of it circa 1948

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

 

Lawn bowling at Gyro Park circa the 1940s. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Keep your eye on the bowl

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

 

Old company photo of the block plant crew - featuring from left, Florence Ferraro Nesmith (aunt), Tony Ferraro (grandfather), Eddie Ferraro Sr (father), unknown employees front left and middle, Elmo Ferraro (uncle). (Photo courtesy of Nick Ferraro)

Trail family celebrates 75 years of Korpack Cement Products

Tony, Eddie Sr., and Elmo Ferraro founded Korpack Cement Products in Trail in 1947

 

Downtown Trail on July 1, 1927. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: A show of patriotism 95 years ago

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Downtown Trail on July 1, 1927. Photo: Trail Historical Society
The Strand Theatre, a lux venue built in downtown Trail in 1917, burned down in 1956. The Trail Times searched online to find a reference to the obscure words on this marquee, but failed. Do you know the context? Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The very grand Strand Theatre

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

The Strand Theatre, a lux venue built in downtown Trail in 1917, burned down in 1956. The Trail Times searched online to find a reference to the obscure words on this marquee, but failed. Do you know the context? Photo: Trail Historical Society
Drill Hall in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: RosslandMuseum.ca

Society moves closer to establishing Rossland Drill Hall heritage, significance

The Drill Hall, also referred to as the Armories or Annex, was built in 1904 by David Ewart

Drill Hall in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: RosslandMuseum.ca
Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted

Former Trail family gifts beloved wetland to nature conservancy

“It would be hard to overstate the value of this land from a conservation perspective.”

Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted
Do you remember this flood? Consider sharing your memories with the Trail Museum and Archives if you do. Photo: Trail Museum and Archives

Trail Blazers: One enormous Silver City sinkhole

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Do you remember this flood? Consider sharing your memories with the Trail Museum and Archives if you do. Photo: Trail Museum and Archives
Boy Scouts diving off of a man-made pier at Camp Koolaree, circa 1950. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: A quintessential Kootenay camp going on 90 years

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Boy Scouts diving off of a man-made pier at Camp Koolaree, circa 1950. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
Trail’s famed highland dancers pose proudly with their instructor, Katie Shaw (right). Featured are Linda Forbes, Sharon Ross, Gerry Burns, Mary Cruickshank, unknown, and Mabel Leonard in 1955. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Remembering a legend of Highland Dance

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Trail’s famed highland dancers pose proudly with their instructor, Katie Shaw (right). Featured are Linda Forbes, Sharon Ross, Gerry Burns, Mary Cruickshank, unknown, and Mabel Leonard in 1955. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Whether it’s in days long past like this photo from the Trail Historical Society shows, or present day, free ice cream at community events will always draw in a crowd of kids eager to cool down with the sweet treat. Do you recognize anyone in this photo? <ins> Photo: Trail Historical Society </ins>

Trail Blazers: Let’s eat ice cream

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Whether it’s in days long past like this photo from the Trail Historical Society shows, or present day, free ice cream at community events will always draw in a crowd of kids eager to cool down with the sweet treat. Do you recognize anyone in this photo? <ins> Photo: Trail Historical Society </ins>
Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The city’s very own sandlot

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Photo: Trail Historical Society
“The Storm,” is photo #11033 in the archives. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: ‘The Storm’

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

“The Storm,” is photo #11033 in the archives. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Track pictures from a Labour Day event held at Butler Park in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Do you recognize anyone? Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Jumpstarting that famous Home of Champions spirit

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Track pictures from a Labour Day event held at Butler Park in the late 1950s or early 1960s. Do you recognize anyone? Photo: Trail Historical Society
Rich Hanson made a stopover in Trail and Rossland in May of 1987, while on his historic “Man in Motion” worldwide tour. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The day the “Man in Motion” came to town

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Rich Hanson made a stopover in Trail and Rossland in May of 1987, while on his historic “Man in Motion” worldwide tour. Photo: Trail Historical Society
“From the Archives” feature of an image along the Columbia River in 1948, as seen from Groutage Avenue. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Columbia River and Groutage Avenue circa 1948

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

“From the Archives” feature of an image along the Columbia River in 1948, as seen from Groutage Avenue. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Brothers Phil and Clem Buesnel posing in front of their produce display inside the Nakusp Fair Building, circa 1914-15. Photo: Arrow Lakes Historical Society

The Buesnel Brothers of Nakusp

The Spicer Farm continues to flourish in Nakusp nearly 75 years later.

Brothers Phil and Clem Buesnel posing in front of their produce display inside the Nakusp Fair Building, circa 1914-15. Photo: Arrow Lakes Historical Society
For 50+ years in May, until the pandemic hit in 2020, Silver City Days has drawn large crowds to downtown streets. Midway rides, like this one from the ’80s called ‘Ring of Fire,’ have always been a thrilling attraction. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Silver City version of ‘Ring of Fire’

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

For 50+ years in May, until the pandemic hit in 2020, Silver City Days has drawn large crowds to downtown streets. Midway rides, like this one from the ’80s called ‘Ring of Fire,’ have always been a thrilling attraction. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Image: Trail Times via the archives

Trail Blazers: On this day in history

On this day in Trail history, Selwyn G. Blaylock was appointed to…

Image: Trail Times via the archives