Fireworks light up the skies above Rossland in 1937

It was a happy thought on the part of the Coronation Celebration Committee when the idea of fireworks was acted upon.

This column is compiled by the Rossland Historical Museum from the pages of the Rossland Miner.

Reminder that the Museum is now open for the season!

100 Years Ago:

May 1912

Around the City

Daniel Rowe, who fell down a shaft in the Centre Star, two weeks since and sustained bodily injuries, is convalescing in a satisfactory way, and will not be an inmate of the hospital, where he was taken at the time of the injury, for any great length of time.


Lyman Carter, manager of the Blue Bird , reports that the shares of the Blue Bird are now selling in Spokane for 25 cents.


Grand Ball (to be held) at the Armory, under the auspices of the Rossland City Band.  Tickets $1.


Wallace, one of the largest dogs in town, was run over by an ore train and killed. Wallace was 15 years old, and with age came poor sight and deafness, and this accounts for his being run over, as he evidently did not see or hear the train that caused his death.

The Columbia River Bridge

The bridge, which will span the Columbia river, at Trail, is rapidly approaching completion.  Three of the spans are in position, and the fourth will be in place in a week. Then the approaches will be made, and in two weeks the structure should be open for traffic.

In the old days, crossing the river was accomplished by a ferry (which was) a large scow attached to a cable, and when crossing, the forward end was headed up stream at an angle of about 45 degrees and the current supplied the motive power.

75 Years Ago:

May 1937

Rossland Pays Homage to Their Majesties Coronation Ceremony

A Union Jack waved proudly from the roof of the festooned court house as (hundreds of) citizens stood in massed formation on the street below to pay homage to the King and Queen. …The ceremony was a deeply impressive demonstration of loyalty and fidelity to the newly crowned monarchs.

Fireworks Greatest Spectacle

It was a happy thought on the part of the Coronation Celebration Committee when the idea of fireworks was acted upon.

For forty minutes the huge throng of two thousand or more persons, which encircled the ball park, watched with audible interest the bursting of the bombs, the brilliant light of the flares, the magnificent colouring of the exploded rockets, and the spectacle of the rotating wheels.

Huge Beacon Shines from Mountain Top

Rossland’s beacon, constructed by boy scouts, shone like a kingly crown from the side of Columbia Kootenay mountain as a fitting climax to celebrations.

The huge fire, considered by many to be the largest ever built by local scouts, could be seen from any part of the local district and observers stated that it was very clear from Trail.  All across Canada similar beacons burned on Coronation night.

Reception for Msgr. McIntyre – Silver Jubilee of Rossland Priest’s Ordination

People from all parts of the Kootenays and every strata of life will congregate at the parish hall for a public reception.

It is of special interest for Rossland because “Father” McIntyre, as he is familiarly known… has served this community for the entire twenty-five years of his priesthood.


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