Castlegar Community Album: People From the Past
Much of what we do and have comes from the past. Many of the roads in the Castlegar area follow ancient trails. Townsites are established on earlier fishing or summer camps. The names of schools and businesses often bear witness to earlier pioneers. Memories are passed down from pioneer families. All of this constitutes part of our history.
The people on this page are not necessarily "important" people in the way traditional histories define importance. Rather, these people came, stayed and worked for change. They left a mark. For instance, Lion's Head was once known as 'Burfield's Rock' after a farmer who created a homestead there.
Many men and women had a profound impact on the Castlegar area. William Waldie managed a sawmill that sustained the town for many years. Peter Verigin led the Doukhobor people to the area and forever changed the cultural make-up, helping Castlegar to be unique. Osborne Sutherland helped to develop the transportation routes.
The present owes these men and women a great deal.