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Your Biweekly Source for Kimberley’s Past, Present & Future Monday April 15, 2013 Volume 27
Welcome to the 27th issue of Kimberley Chronicle! We hope that everyone is enjoying the lovely mix of different weather systems we’ve been getting lately. In this issue we have a brief history of the Dewdney Trail and we speculate on how things would be different had it come through our neck of the woods. We will be requiring some reader feedback for the next couple of issues. Firstly we are planning a brief questionnaire for the politicians running to represent us in Victoria. Let us know what you think we should ask them. Secondly we are working on a story about the Bavarianization process since it will be coming up on it’s 40 year anniversary. We would love to chat with people that were incolved with that process. Feel free to call 427-5430 or email email@example.com.
Prior to airports and highways, trails were the most important forms of infrastructure for transporting goods and people. When gold was discovered in 1863 at Wild Horse Creek, the easiest access was via established trails south into Washington. The Brits running the colony from the lower mainland wanted to make sure that some of that gold made it west instead of all heading south. There were also plenty of coastal merhants that wanted to send their goods Gunterman Family on the Dewdney Trail in the Lardeau River Valley, 1897. to the hinterlands in return for Photo by Mattie Gunterman (left) who mastered the art of taking self shots back some of the shiny metal. Ed- in the day. Photo courtesy of the Vancouver Public Library. gar Dewdney was hired to build the 1.3 m wide, 720km long trail from Fort Hope (now just Hope) to Fort Steele. Finding the best route across several mountain ranges was no easy task, thankfully there were some established routes that were known to the locals. continued
The Dewdney Trail
The last mountain range to cross was the Purcell Range. There was a route at the time from the east side of Kootenay Lake For advertising rates, questions, over to St. Mary’s Lake via the Rose Pass. This route was inicomments & complaints contact us tially considered however crossing Kootenay Lake was no small at 427-5430 feat at that time. The trail builders were not keen to incorpoor rate such a long ferry (now the longest free ferry in the world); firstname.lastname@example.org so instead they decided to go up and over what is now the Salmo -Creston Pass and cross the then super swampy Purcell Kimberley Heritage Museum Trench. Before the Kootenay River was dammed in Libby, the now fertile farmland of the Creston Valley was mostly swamp105 Spokane Street - above the library land. It is inferred in some accounts that when they were tryMonday-Friday 1-4pm ing to build the trail across the huge, wide swamp, the ferry Phone: 250-427-7510 & Rose Pass option was looking pretty good. However they Email: email@example.com eventually managed to cross the swamp, then made their way Entry Fee - By Donation up the east side of the Goat River until they eventually met up with an established trail near Yahk that headed up to Fort Kootenay Cleaning Services Steele. They finished building the trail in 1865 and by 1866 the gold was starting to thin out in Wild Horse Creek. All was “A Breath of Fresh Air” Residential, Recreational & not lost though, they eventually used roughly eighty percent of the route for the Crownest Highway. We can only speculate Commercial Cleaning how things would have been different had those trail builiders 250-427-8644 decided to quit building across the swamp and had opted for the ferry & Rose Pass option. Maybe the golden arches would Happy Hands Tattoo be gracing the strip in Marysville instead of on that former swampland to the south...
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7) How old was Edgar Dewdney in 1865 when we has awarded the contract to construct the eastern portion of the Dewdney trail? 8) Who did Dewdney hire to help with the construction of the trail? (Hint - a nearby town is now named after him)
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We’ve been informed that there is a provincial election coming up. We don’t even know who is running yet, although we’re assuming that that information is available on the world wide web. We would like to devote part of an upcoming issue (preferably before the election) to asking all of the persons running a list of prepared questions. We think it would be helpful to be able to compare the answers given by each candidate. The questions that we might ask might not be relevant to our readers, so we are asking you to send us the questions that you would like us to ask these people. Call 427-5430 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Kimberley Branch of the Order of the Eastern Star is collecting postage stamps, Campbell Soup Labels and Pop Can Tabs for various charities. These items can be dropped off at Curves or at 960 Rotary.
All Proceeds are going towards the completion of the bathrooms and generally making the park more awesome.
Sunday April 28th 11am-4pm Kimberley Skate Park Freestyle Jams Hot Dogs & Bake Sale Live Music featuring “Hardwater” & “McKim DJ Club”
Whoa! Did y’all hear? Kimberley Gymnastics is having a Family Fundraiser BARN Dance! Music, Dancing, Drinks n’ Grub! Yer in fer Good Old fashioned Family Fun! Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Kimberley Elks Club. 6:00 to 10:00 pm
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Puzzle & Trivia Answers 1) Back in five minutes. 6) Tulips. 2) First thing in the morning. 7) 28 years old 3) Go through the motions. 8) William Fernie 4) One life to live. 5) The coast is clear. Edgar Dewdney once thought he lost $25,000 in gold dust and cash that he had stashed in a stump, the weight of the gold had collapsed the stump. After some hacking he found it and was able to pay his men. 250-427-5424 53 Trickle Ridge Place
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