Local History

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

(From Twitter @RoyalCanNavy)
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)
Bay Avenue in the 1950s facing the Cominco Arena and smelter stacks. (Trail Historical Society photo #1876-600)

Trail Blazers: Downtown was hopping in post-war boom

PHOTOS: Trail Blazers is a weekly historical feature in partnership with the Trail Museum & Archives

Bay Avenue in the 1950s facing the Cominco Arena and smelter stacks. (Trail Historical Society photo #1876-600)
New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush

Peter Smith has published Silver Rush: British Columbia’s Silvery Slocan 1891-1900

New book reappraises Silvery Slocan mining rush
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.”