Local History

Old company photo of the block plant crew - featuring from left, Florence Ferraro Nesmith (aunt), Tony Ferraro (grandfather), Eddie Ferraro Sr (father), unknown employees front left and middle, Elmo Ferraro (uncle). (Photo courtesy of Nick Ferraro)

Trail family celebrates 75 years of Korpack Cement Products

Tony, Eddie Sr., and Elmo Ferraro founded Korpack Cement Products in Trail in 1947

 

Drill Hall in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: RosslandMuseum.ca

Society moves closer to establishing Rossland Drill Hall heritage, significance

The Drill Hall, also referred to as the Armories or Annex, was built in 1904 by David Ewart

 

Located at the north end of Slocan Lake and straddling the mouth of Bonanza Creek, land donated by the Alvarez family builds on efforts to protect the entire Bonanza Marsh wetland. Photo: Submitted

Former Trail family gifts beloved wetland to nature conservancy

“It would be hard to overstate the value of this land from a conservation perspective.”

 

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)

B.C. city repeals 130-year-old bylaw banning drunken singing

City of Nanaimo retains bylaw banning nuclear weapons, but takes several other bylaws off the books

Nanaimo city council, at a meeting this week, voted to repeal a bylaw relating to public morals which prevented people from making use of any “profane, obscene, blasphemous or grossly insulting language.” (City of Nanaimo image)
Trail’s famed highland dancers pose proudly with their instructor, Katie Shaw (right). Featured are Linda Forbes, Sharon Ross, Gerry Burns, Mary Cruickshank, unknown, and Mabel Leonard in 1955. Photo: Trail Historical Society

Trail Blazers: Remembering a legend of Highland Dance

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

Trail’s famed highland dancers pose proudly with their instructor, Katie Shaw (right). Featured are Linda Forbes, Sharon Ross, Gerry Burns, Mary Cruickshank, unknown, and Mabel Leonard in 1955. Photo: Trail Historical Society
From the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute. Do you have original photos capturing Rossland’s storied history? Consider donating them to the Rossland Archives. Photos can be scanned and the original is retained by the donor.

Our History in Pictures

Do you have original photos of Rossland’s storied history? Consider sharing with Rossland Museum

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From the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre collection digitized courtesy of the Columbia Basin Institute. Do you have original photos capturing Rossland’s storied history? Consider donating them to the Rossland Archives. Photos can be scanned and the original is retained by the donor.
Agriculture in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre

Rossland history in pictures

Do you have original photos capturing Rossland’s storied history?

Agriculture in Rossland, circa 1910. Photo: Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre
This photo from the Hughes and Carpenter exhibit, courtesy the Trail Historical Society, shows the Village of Warfield circa 1940. Warfield was named after Carlos Warfield, a business partner of Fritz Augustus Heinze, the pioneer credited with building the Trail smelter. In the 1930s, the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (CMS, now Teck Trail) built a residential area, in Warfield and Annable, to house employees. Warfield incorporated as a village 70 years ago, in 1952.

The Kootenay’s ‘Mickey Mouse Town’

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This photo from the Hughes and Carpenter exhibit, courtesy the Trail Historical Society, shows the Village of Warfield circa 1940. Warfield was named after Carlos Warfield, a business partner of Fritz Augustus Heinze, the pioneer credited with building the Trail smelter. In the 1930s, the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company (CMS, now Teck Trail) built a residential area, in Warfield and Annable, to house employees. Warfield incorporated as a village 70 years ago, in 1952.
The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.

Choir boy and belly dancer settle in B.C. after roller coaster love story

Christine and Christopher met as teens in the United Kingdom

The Choirboy and the Bellydancer is a memoir written by Christine Potter. It is a love story of the Fort Langley couple who met in the U.K as teenagers and moved to Canada in late ‘90s.
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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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
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

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

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

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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