Favoured By Property Owners: 0050.0023

SCENE OF GOLD RUSH IN 1880’s – Favor Fort Steele As Historic Site.

            Fort Steele property owners at a meeting at their school house Sunday afternoon favored in general the provincial government proposal that the community be restored to its famous gold rush days of the 1880’s as a historic site and tourist attraction.  Fort Steele was established in connection with the Wild Horse Gold Rush and was first North West Mounted Police post west of the Rockies and a Northwest Trading Post.  Future highway plans to extend and bring to top standard the north-south Highway 93 extension which now runs from Roosville to Wardner on the Southern Transprovincial Highway made the community an excellent location for such a project.

            The provincial government proposes purchase of about 17 acres of the community including the 94-year-old log buildings on the east bank of the Kootenay River as terminal for Galbraith’s Ferry in the original rush of the 1860’s, and the restored NWMP barracks which serve now as a museum.

            Amount for the purchase of the location at a fair price was budgeted by the provincial government in 1960 and two legislature members, Harry McKay of Fernie and L.T. Nimsick Cranbrook-Kimberley, attended the meeting and pledged their utmost support in the legislature of furthering this project.

            Named to a working committee toward establishing practical details of price and location of the historic site area were Art Howard, William Dempsey, Cliff White, Arnold Egge, Mrs. James Buckman and George Tuck with A.W. Hunter named chairman.

0050.0023: Favoured By Property Owners

Newspaper article Fort Steele property owners in favour of provincial government proposal to return Fort Steele to Gold Rush era and turn into historical site.

Medium:  Newspaper - Text
Date:  January 12, 1961
Pages:  1
Publisher:  Cranbrook Courier
Collection:  Columbia Basin Institute (0050)


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