Local History

A story of love and loss that started in the Emerald Isle 95 years ago has drifted across the ocean and gently landed in the City of Trail. Photo: Belinda Fewing/Unsplash

Finding John McGinnis

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L-R: Trail Fire Department Lieutenant Fred Nagel and firefighter Gordon Whyte, circa 1970. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Our very own ‘Toy Story’

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

 

Trail postal worker Fred Vance is literally up to his shoulders in parcels circa Dec. 15, 1972. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Piles of parcels at the post office

Trail Blazers is a weekly feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

 

Milfred Paulson of Trail recently came across this historical postcard showing the Salmo Railway Station way back in the day. Image courtesy Milfred Paulson.

Postcard from the Kootenay past

The Salmo Railway Station was first in use 108 years ago

Milfred Paulson of Trail recently came across this historical postcard showing the Salmo Railway Station way back in the day. Image courtesy Milfred Paulson.
Artist Andrew Raney and Inga Leavell of the Sons of Norway Nordic Lodge are looking for a serene space to harbour the Viking ship garden bench in honour of the Lodge’s 60th anniversary. Photo: Jim Bailey

Sons of Norway ship seeks friendly harbour in the Kootenays

Viking ship/bench celebrates the Sons of Norway’s, Nordic Lodge 76, 60th anniversary in West Kootenay

Artist Andrew Raney and Inga Leavell of the Sons of Norway Nordic Lodge are looking for a serene space to harbour the Viking ship garden bench in honour of the Lodge’s 60th anniversary. Photo: Jim Bailey
Jimmy Schofield enlisted for the Great War in November 1916 at the age of 23. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Part 1: Letters from the frontline of the Great War

Remembrance Day feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Jimmy Schofield enlisted for the Great War in November 1916 at the age of 23. Photo: Trail Historical Society
The travelling exhibit, located in the Riverfront Centre, runs until May 30. The facility operates on Sinixt Peoples territory.

Learn about Indigenous languages at the Trail museum

“Our Living Languages: First Peoples’ Voices in BC,” now on exhibit in the Trail Riverfront Centre

The travelling exhibit, located in the Riverfront Centre, runs until May 30. The facility operates on Sinixt Peoples territory.
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

  • Nov 3, 2021
The Players of a scene from Pirates of Penzance at the Rossland Opera House in 1906. (Contributed)
Forty seven years ago, a group of 12 Trail teens broke a world record for non-stop continuous shinny played. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Teenagers play the longest shinny game ever

The record breaking feat took place over 16 hours in a City of Trail park on Oct. 26, 1974

Forty seven years ago, a group of 12 Trail teens broke a world record for non-stop continuous shinny played. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Opened Oct. 15, 1958, Trail Kresge became the 87th Kresge store in Canada. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Opened Oct. 15, 1958, Trail Kresge became the 87th Kresge store in Canada. Photo: Trail Historical Society
Oasis resident Joe Thalman grew this massive Manitoba squash measuring 67 inches around in October 1974. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: The Great Gourd

Trail Blazers is a weekly historical feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

Oasis resident Joe Thalman grew this massive Manitoba squash measuring 67 inches around in October 1974. Photo: Trail Historical Society
A Pipe Major led the procession to the crash site in Germany before the memorial for the 23 airmen - including Trail teenager Jack McVie - was unveiled on Sept. 25. Photo: Submitted

Ceremony honours Trail airman, 17, and 22 others killed in Second World War

Jack McVie was born in Trail on Dec. 18, 1926. He died in action over Germany on Sept. 24, 1944.

A Pipe Major led the procession to the crash site in Germany before the memorial for the 23 airmen - including Trail teenager Jack McVie - was unveiled on Sept. 25. Photo: Submitted
Hall Printing sold the building back to the Freemasons in 2004, however the business still operates from the Victoria Street locale.

Trail Masonic Temple goes back to blue

Trail at one point had three Masonic lodges; Fidelity #32, Emulation #125 and Friendship #144.

Hall Printing sold the building back to the Freemasons in 2004, however the business still operates from the Victoria Street locale.
Sister Angelo, Nurse Barge, Sister Helena, “Sandy” Gordon, and president Andy Chapdelaine of the Kinsman Club are all learning a little more about science – and using it to make a difference. Photo: Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre.

Rossland’s history in pictures

It’s Science Literacy Week, and science plays such a major role in…

  • Sep 23, 2021
Sister Angelo, Nurse Barge, Sister Helena, “Sandy” Gordon, and president Andy Chapdelaine of the Kinsman Club are all learning a little more about science – and using it to make a difference. Photo: Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre.
Virtual tours will soon be available for the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Photo: Betsy Kline

Doukhobor museum partnership to create virtual museum tours

Virtual tours will be created for the Doukhobour Discovery Centre in Castlegar

Virtual tours will soon be available for the Doukhobor Discovery Centre. Photo: Betsy Kline
School crossing in Warfield circa 1968. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: School safety patrol 50+ years ago

Trail Blazers is a weekly historical feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

School crossing in Warfield circa 1968. Photo: Trail Historical Society
A Labour Day model airplane competition drew plenty of interest at Butler Park in 1948. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Looking at long-ago Labour Day leisure

Trail Blazers is a historical feature in partnership with the Trail Museum and Archives

A Labour Day model airplane competition drew plenty of interest at Butler Park in 1948. Photo: Trail Historical Society
“The specific language of our land holds important knowledge about this land,” noted Marilyn James, Autonomous Sinixt Matriarch. “In spite of how much has been lost, my ancestors keep urging me to continue this work. This land is hungry for the language it birthed millenia ago.” Image: Autonomous Sinixt

What’s in a name?

The sinixt.geoforms.ca digital map, once launched, will be interactive and layered

“The specific language of our land holds important knowledge about this land,” noted Marilyn James, Autonomous Sinixt Matriarch. “In spite of how much has been lost, my ancestors keep urging me to continue this work. This land is hungry for the language it birthed millenia ago.” Image: Autonomous Sinixt
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Our History in Pictures

Competitive skiing pioneer Olaus Jeldness

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Clarice Tuai, seen in front of the ‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ exhibit, is a summer student for the Trail museum/visitors centre. Photo: Sheri Regnier

Trail museum invites everyone to visit new Doukhobor exhibit

‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ runs until October 1

Clarice Tuai, seen in front of the ‘50 Objects for 50 Years’ exhibit, is a summer student for the Trail museum/visitors centre. Photo: Sheri Regnier