The Players of a scene from Pirates of Penzance at the Rossland Opera House in 1906. (Contributed)

The Players of a scene from Pirates of Penzance at the Rossland Opera House in 1906. (Contributed)

The Rossland Miner: A look back in time

Check out this excerpt from the Nov. 4, 1897 Rossland Weekly Miner

From the Rossland Weekly Miner, Nov. 4, 1897

Rossland’s Mines

There are three promising strikes to chronicle. In the Lily May, 30 inches of rich arsenical ore mixed with galena, has been encountered, while in the Sunset No. 2, a four-foot ledge of good copper ore has been opened up. The Great Western, in the North belt, is showing up some very pretty quartz, encountered yesterday in the bottom of the shaft, which is down 90 feet.

The Charity Ball

The charity ball for the benefit of the city poor at the opera house was not only the largest but one of the most pleasant affairs of the kind ever given in the city. Fully 75 couples were present and the galleries were well filled with onlookers.

The music was rendered by Graham’s and the International orchestras, and the dances, which formed a long program, were named after the mines, the railroads and the smelter of the camp.

Museum Update for Nov. 4, 2021

The Museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Veteran’s Week: Join us in honouring our veterans and their legacy of peace this Remembrance season. We are once again hosting our annual community letter-writing campaign to show our appreciation of Rossland’s veterans. Go to the Museum website for more information.

A temporary exhibit on Rossland’s overseas war efforts will be available in the J.D. McDonald Hall beginning on Nov. 5. The Rossland Public Library is hosting a small exhibit on Rossland’s homefront activities beginning on Nov. 2.

New Exhibit at the Prestige: Based around three key trophies, “Mountain Playground: Rosslanders at Play” features the history and artifacts from some of Rossland’s more unique sporting events.

Stop by the Prestige Mountain Resort to learn more about one of the Rossland Winter Carnival’s most unique races and what sports our early firefighters and miners got up to!

Rossland’s Historic Cemeteries: Throughout the early years, Rossland had several early, ad-hoc, unofficial cemeteries as well as burial plots for miners at local mining claims.

A new essay on our website looks at these early cemeteries, the men who managed them, and recent commemorative efforts to preserve this history.

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