Local History

The first Fall Fair in the Fruit Fair Association building, 1911. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Fruit Fair is where farmers markets began

Photos: Courtesy the Trail Historical Society - scroll to the bottom to see the building’s exterior

The first Fall Fair in the Fruit Fair Association building, 1911. (Trail Historical Society photo)
This photo, courtesy the Trail Historical Society, shows the first airplane in the Trail area parked at the Columbia Gardens airfield, circa 1929. The aircraft belonged to W.M Archibald. The city operated Columbia Gardens Airport until 1937, and then the District of Tadanac until 1959. When Trail and Tadanac amalgamated in 1969, the city again took over operations. Then, in 1982, the lease was transferred to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB). Trail bought the asset back in 2014, paying $1.28M to the RDKB.

Archibald’s Aircraft

First plane at the Trail airport circa 1929

This photo, courtesy the Trail Historical Society, shows the first airplane in the Trail area parked at the Columbia Gardens airfield, circa 1929. The aircraft belonged to W.M Archibald. The city operated Columbia Gardens Airport until 1937, and then the District of Tadanac until 1959. When Trail and Tadanac amalgamated in 1969, the city again took over operations. Then, in 1982, the lease was transferred to the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB). Trail bought the asset back in 2014, paying $1.28M to the RDKB.
The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail, dated 1912. From left to right: Dr. Thom, Nurse Struthers, Dr. Coghlin, Nurse Teen Thom, and an unidentified nurse. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society collection/Trail Museum and Archives)(Trail Historical Society)

A glimpse of the Silver City during the 1918 pandemic

City hotels - the Central, Aldridge and Montana - were set up as hospitals during the 1918 pandemic

The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail, dated 1912. From left to right: Dr. Thom, Nurse Struthers, Dr. Coghlin, Nurse Teen Thom, and an unidentified nurse. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society collection/Trail Museum and Archives)(Trail Historical Society)
Central School circa 1920, soon after the two additions were constructed. (Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Recognizing an iconic city schoolhouse

Central School housed all grades until Trail Technical High School was built in 1923.

Central School circa 1920, soon after the two additions were constructed. (Trail Historical Society)
(Photo courtesy the Arrow Lakes Historical Society)

A Kootenay moment in time

Looking at the history of dams in the West Kootenay

  • Sep 15, 2020
(Photo courtesy the Arrow Lakes Historical Society)
This photo from the Trail Historical Society shows CM&S General Manager S.G Blaylock meeting with members of the Workmen’s Cooperative Committee, the ‘company union’, in 1942. Trail smelter workers had no independent union until 1944.

Trail Blazers: Extraordinary fighters for worker’s rights

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

This photo from the Trail Historical Society shows CM&S General Manager S.G Blaylock meeting with members of the Workmen’s Cooperative Committee, the ‘company union’, in 1942. Trail smelter workers had no independent union until 1944.
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Out and about in Rossland

City archives are located the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre

  • Sep 4, 2020
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Trail smelter workers circa the 1920s. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Labour Day Lore

The Trail Times office will be closed on Monday for Labour Day.

  • Sep 3, 2020
Trail smelter workers circa the 1920s. (Trail Historical Society photo)
Members of the Creston Valley Rotary Club pose for a picture outside of Jordan’s Cabin following some preservation work. (Dave Handy photo)

Rotarians preserve Jordan’s Cabin in Kootenay Pass

Ed Jordan lived in the cabin up Kootenay Pass from Creston from 1923 to 1942.

  • Sep 1, 2020
Members of the Creston Valley Rotary Club pose for a picture outside of Jordan’s Cabin following some preservation work. (Dave Handy photo)
A view of the top of the pole. (Louanne Flintoft photo)

Restorative pole project finished in Edgewood

Louanne Flintoft painted, stained and carved portions of pole to complete the project

A view of the top of the pole. (Louanne Flintoft photo)
Gyro Park in East Trail circa the 1930’s. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Gyro Park, the perennial summertime haven

Before the Columbia River dams cut the water flow starting in 1968, the river rose much higher.

Gyro Park in East Trail circa the 1930’s. (Trail Historical Society photo)
(Rossland archives collection)

Dog days dwindling

The Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre is open with pandemic protocols in place

  • Aug 21, 2020
(Rossland archives collection)
Mrs. Floyd runs from an East Trail fire, July 1917. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Fires raged in the summer of 1917

Weekly historical series in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Mrs. Floyd runs from an East Trail fire, July 1917. (Trail Historical Society photo)
(From Twitter @RoyalCanNavy)

Arctic vessel named after Trail-born war hero

PHOTOS: Scroll to bottom of story to see more photos of Lt. Robert Hampton Gray

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Ferryman Ben DeGiusti (front) and passenger Chris Eaton on an early ferry in Trail circa 1897. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: From row boats to ferries to bridges

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

Ferryman Ben DeGiusti (front) and passenger Chris Eaton on an early ferry in Trail circa 1897. (Trail Historical Society photo)
A Kootenay moment in time …

A Kootenay moment in time …

The Needles ferry celebrates 30 years of service this summer

  • Aug 11, 2020
A Kootenay moment in time …
Trail’s first Girl Guide Company, summer 1911. Back L-R are: Sally Thompson, Ruth McKinnon, Ethel Carr, K. Beisley (captain), Dorothy Blackman (Lieutenant). Middle L-R: Angie Board, Clara Austad, Molly Austad. Front: Ruby Walker, and Pearl Carr. (Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Looking at the pioneers of leadership

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

Trail’s first Girl Guide Company, summer 1911. Back L-R are: Sally Thompson, Ruth McKinnon, Ethel Carr, K. Beisley (captain), Dorothy Blackman (Lieutenant). Middle L-R: Angie Board, Clara Austad, Molly Austad. Front: Ruby Walker, and Pearl Carr. (Trail Historical Society)
The Merriwake, a former Japanese Canadian fishing boat undergoing restoration to be displayed in Slocan, is among the latest additions to the RDCK heritage register. File photo

Kootenay heritage register adds 21 sites

Nearly a third of the sites relate to Japanese internment camps in the Slocan Valley

  • Jul 30, 2020
The Merriwake, a former Japanese Canadian fishing boat undergoing restoration to be displayed in Slocan, is among the latest additions to the RDCK heritage register. File photo
Bay Avenue in the 1970s. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Business was buzzing in the 1970s

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

Bay Avenue in the 1970s. (Trail Historical Society photo)
A city worker installs a sign in recognition of Canada’s centennial. (Trail Historical Society photo, 1968)

Sign of the times in Trail

The signs were durable non-rust zinc panels from Cominco to commemorate Canada’s Centennial

A city worker installs a sign in recognition of Canada’s centennial. (Trail Historical Society photo, 1968)