Local History

Bay Avenue in the 1920s. (Trail Historical Society photo 9641-600)

Trail Blazers: From the roaring 1920s to the war years

PHOTOS: Courtesy the Trail Historical Society collection

Bay Avenue in the 1920s. (Trail Historical Society photo 9641-600)
(Trail Historical Society photo #1959-600)

Trail Blazers: Iconic image emerges from a muddy road

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

(Trail Historical Society photo #1959-600)
Greenwood Museum manager Doreen MacLean shows off the new Hop Sing Laundry exhibit on July 4. There were several Chinese-owned laundry businesses in Greenwood around 1900, MacLean said, but racist attitudes barred them from operating on Copper Street and from advertising in the newspaper.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)

Greenwood museum debuts new exhibit

The museum doubles as the city’s Visitor Centre

Greenwood Museum manager Doreen MacLean shows off the new Hop Sing Laundry exhibit on July 4. There were several Chinese-owned laundry businesses in Greenwood around 1900, MacLean said, but racist attitudes barred them from operating on Copper Street and from advertising in the newspaper.  (Jensen Edwards/Grand Forks Gazette)
C.W. Wright Pool in the 1960s. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Keepin’ it cool

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

C.W. Wright Pool in the 1960s. (Trail Historical Society photo)
After a hard days work, the smelter crew heads to the gate. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers: Smelter workers lead the way

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature with the Times and Trail Museum and Archives

After a hard days work, the smelter crew heads to the gate. (Trail Historical Society photo)
Trail Status of Women Council’s first executive. From left: Arlene Burwash, Virginia Clover, Diane Edmonson, Susan Charlton and “Bubbles.”

Recognizing Trail Status of Women Council, 50 years later

PHOTOS: This group of women leaders established the first daycare in Trail

Trail Status of Women Council’s first executive. From left: Arlene Burwash, Virginia Clover, Diane Edmonson, Susan Charlton and “Bubbles.”
(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Navigating the friendly skies

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature between the Times and the Trail Museum and Archives

(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: The great flood of ‘48

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

(Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
(Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: The tradition of Little League baseball

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

(Trail Historical Society)
(From left) Colombo Lodge executives Mario Antak, Roland Perri, and John Lattanzio took the Trail Times on a tour of renovations now underway both outside and indoors, minding social distancing protocols. (Sheri Regnier photo)

Pandemic poses perfect time for makeover of historic Trail landmark

The Colombo Lodge has had many updates to the exterior and interior since it first opened in 1927

(From left) Colombo Lodge executives Mario Antak, Roland Perri, and John Lattanzio took the Trail Times on a tour of renovations now underway both outside and indoors, minding social distancing protocols. (Sheri Regnier photo)
The official opening of Trail’s first bridge was May 24, 1912. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers: Honouring a stalwart structure

The Old Trail Bridge officially opened 108 years ago

The official opening of Trail’s first bridge was May 24, 1912. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
The former Odeon Theatre, now the Royal Theatre, in the late 1940s. (Trail Historical Society photo 12644 courtesy the Trail Museum and Archives)

Trail Blazers: The quintessential moviehouse

The Royal Theatre started as the Rialto Theatre way back in 1927

The former Odeon Theatre, now the Royal Theatre, in the late 1940s. (Trail Historical Society photo 12644 courtesy the Trail Museum and Archives)
Silver City Days 1987. (Trail Historical Society photo)

Trail Blazers

Weekly feature looking at City of Trail history through photos from the archives

Silver City Days 1987. (Trail Historical Society photo)
(Photo contributed by Wally Golberg)

Lest We Forget

Thousands of Trail residents gathered at Butler Park on May 8, 1945

  • May 7, 2020
(Photo contributed by Wally Golberg)
In this edition of Trail Blazers, the Times looks at what is inarguably one of the most defining features of the city, the Trail Gulch. This photo, circa the late 1920s, is of the Venetian Grocery. This store was later known as Tonelli’s Grocery, a dry goods, boots and shoe store on Rossland Avenue. The owner, Leonardo Tonelli, is standing to the left in an apron, his wife Vincenza is in the next doorway, and one of their sons, Joe, is sitting in the truck. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)

Trail Blazers

This week’s feature looks at the Gulch and where the historical photos come from

In this edition of Trail Blazers, the Times looks at what is inarguably one of the most defining features of the city, the Trail Gulch. This photo, circa the late 1920s, is of the Venetian Grocery. This store was later known as Tonelli’s Grocery, a dry goods, boots and shoe store on Rossland Avenue. The owner, Leonardo Tonelli, is standing to the left in an apron, his wife Vincenza is in the next doorway, and one of their sons, Joe, is sitting in the truck. (Photo courtesy the Trail Historical Society)
Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)

Take a pew and cherish a piece of Rossland history

The wooden benches will be replaced with stack-able chairs

Oak pews in St. Andrew’s United Church are for sale. (Submitted photo)
From left to right: Miss M. Sutherland, Miss Norton, Miss D. Christopherson, and Miss Davidson. (Trail Museum and Archives Photo 0599)

Trail Blazers

The Trail Times and Trail Museum and Archives are working on a weekly historic feature

  • Apr 28, 2020
From left to right: Miss M. Sutherland, Miss Norton, Miss D. Christopherson, and Miss Davidson. (Trail Museum and Archives Photo 0599)
The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail. 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 Blazers

The Trail Times is starting a new historical feature for our Thursday editions

  • Apr 23, 2020
The earliest frontline healthcare workers in Trail. 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)
(Photo from the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History)

Caterpillar colony

April 22 is Earth Day …

  • Apr 16, 2020
(Photo from the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute of Regional History)
In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)

Blasting through the West Kootenay

80 years ago; ‘Pretty near all the people from Fruitvale were working on it’

In the early days of construction the highway was built by hand. (Photo is courtesy the Beaver Valley and Pend d’Oreille Historical Society)