Local History

Gyro Park, circa the 1950s. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: A Summer Place

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

 

The Trail-Tadanac Hospital, now Kootenay Boundary Regional Hospital, first opened in 1954. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Hospital faced a nursing shortage in the summer of ‘65

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

 

Crowe students file down the wooden staircase circa the early 1960s. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: School’s out for summer …

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

 

“The specific language of our land holds important knowledge about this land,” noted Marilyn James, Autonomous Sinixt Matriarch. “In spite of how much has been lost, my ancestors keep urging me to continue this work. This land is hungry for the language it birthed millenia ago.” Image: Autonomous Sinixt

What’s in a name?

The sinixt.geoforms.ca digital map, once launched, will be interactive and layered

“The specific language of our land holds important knowledge about this land,” noted Marilyn James, Autonomous Sinixt Matriarch. “In spite of how much has been lost, my ancestors keep urging me to continue this work. This land is hungry for the language it birthed millenia ago.” Image: Autonomous Sinixt
Clarice Tuai, seen in front of the ‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ exhibit, is a summer student for the Trail museum/visitors centre. Photo: Sheri Regnier

Trail museum invites everyone to visit new Doukhobor exhibit

‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ runs until October 1

Clarice Tuai, seen in front of the ‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ exhibit, is a summer student for the Trail museum/visitors centre. Photo: Sheri Regnier
Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.

Happy 120th Birthday to the City of Trail!

The town of Trail Creek- or Trail Creek Landing - was incorporated as a city on June 14, 1901.

Painting by Dave Davies from Shaver’s Bench facing Teck Trail.
Gents, and one dog, are enjoying a night out in the Crown Point Hotel bar circa 1902. Owner Simon Petersen’s brother, Julius, appears here, centre, with the bowler hat, pool cue and spectacular mustache. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Boys night out a century-plus ago

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

Gents, and one dog, are enjoying a night out in the Crown Point Hotel bar circa 1902. Owner Simon Petersen’s brother, Julius, appears here, centre, with the bowler hat, pool cue and spectacular mustache. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Photo: Trail Historical Society

Riding in style in the Silver City

Trail Blazers is a weekly historical feature

Photo: Trail Historical Society
A CPR station once stood at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Farwell Street in downtown Trail. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: When the walls came tumblin’ down

The CPR station in downtown Trail was demolished in the spring of 1965

A CPR station once stood at the corner of Cedar Avenue and Farwell Street in downtown Trail. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Trail Memorial Centre staff has been productive over the past year, restoring the 70+ year old facility to its original glory. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail Memorial Centre undergoes historic restoration

When safe to return, residents will see illuminating changes to the Trail Memorial Centre

Trail Memorial Centre staff has been productive over the past year, restoring the 70+ year old facility to its original glory. Photo: Jim Bailey
For something a little different this week, Trail Blazers is featuring an historical image from the Kootenay Boundary. This rough and tumble photo shows the Forshaw Ranch near Phoenix, B.C, circa 1914. Photo Credit: Boundary Heritage Facebook Page (via Grand Forks Gazette)

Trail Blazers: Home, home on the range

Trail Blazers is a weekly historical feature

For something a little different this week, Trail Blazers is featuring an historical image from the Kootenay Boundary. This rough and tumble photo shows the Forshaw Ranch near Phoenix, B.C, circa 1914. Photo Credit: Boundary Heritage Facebook Page (via Grand Forks Gazette)
Car rinse in Warfield circa 1966. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Who remembers this blast from the past?

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

Car rinse in Warfield circa 1966. Photo: Trail Historical Society
After gaining international recognition as The Konkens back in the 1970s, Frank and Ruby Konken had their two boys join the band in the ‘80s. They renamed themselves K-Kountry, performing country music to adoring audiences near and far. Photo: Frank Konken

Trail Blazers: Renowned musicians Frank and Ruby Konken

From country to Russian tunes, the Konkens are instrumental players in the world of recorded music

After gaining international recognition as The Konkens back in the 1970s, Frank and Ruby Konken had their two boys join the band in the ‘80s. They renamed themselves K-Kountry, performing country music to adoring audiences near and far. Photo: Frank Konken
Louie Bedin at one of his rock walls with granddaughter, Felicia. Of his rock wall expertise Louie says, “You have to like to do it. You resolve. You say, ‘I did it.’ I’m happy I did it, because it is hard work, there is no doubt about it. I used to enjoy it.” Photo: Submitted

Celebrating Louie Bedin, Trail’s surviving stonemason extraordinaire

Luigi Giorgio Bedin said goodbye to his family in Italy on April 9, 1957.

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Louie Bedin at one of his rock walls with granddaughter, Felicia. Of his rock wall expertise Louie says, “You have to like to do it. You resolve. You say, ‘I did it.’ I’m happy I did it, because it is hard work, there is no doubt about it. I used to enjoy it.” Photo: Submitted
The 1997 flood brought water and debris down to Trail from Gorge Creek. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Remembering the flood of ‘97

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

The 1997 flood brought water and debris down to Trail from Gorge Creek. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Hockey fans line up outside the old Trail rink on Bay Avenue. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: When the NHL came to the city for a game

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

Hockey fans line up outside the old Trail rink on Bay Avenue. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Image: Rendering of proposed Beaver Siding Train Station/Museum courtesy the RDKB

Virtual town hall coming up for Beaver Valley

Visit the RDKB homepage for details and a link to join the Zoom conversation

Image: Rendering of proposed Beaver Siding Train Station/Museum courtesy the RDKB
Eileen Truant Pedersen shows the wartime metal band inscribed “Oro Alla Patria,” that was passed down in the family. Photo: Jim Bailey

Trail Blazers: The story of the metal wedding band 86 years on

Eileen Truant Pedersen has been writing about her family, and local history, for years.

Eileen Truant Pedersen shows the wartime metal band inscribed “Oro Alla Patria,” that was passed down in the family. Photo: Jim Bailey
The Birchbank Club House, circa 1965. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The Birchbank Club House back in the day

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

The Birchbank Club House, circa 1965. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Reza Binab began his Great International Rezarace in Spokane, WA, on March 18, 1975. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The Great International Rezarace

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

Reza Binab began his Great International Rezarace in Spokane, WA, on March 18, 1975. Photo: Trail Historical Society