Family Day in #NewWest is coming up and we have a whole lot of FREE fun for you to enjoy.
Check out River Market for coffee & crafts, and then come explore with us! -Interactive hands-on exhibits and fun programs for the whole family -Explore the new Journey Through the Working River exhibit -Make messes at the Residue Ramp -Dig for artifacts in our archaeology bin -Educational activities, games and more!
Learn more: Link in bio.
IN THE NEWS: Shaw TV's "Where You Live" host Kristy Aleksich (left) took the Downtown Heritage Walking Tour with SHS President, Bianca Peters, this afternoon to film for an upcoming segment airing about downtown Squamish. The Squamish Hotel, as seen in the background, was built in 1910 during a development boom and was originally called the "King George Hotel". You can download a copy of the Downtown Heritage Walking Tour by visiting www.squamishhistory.ca. #squamish#whereyoulive#heritagewalk#exploresquamish#bchistory#bcheritage#canadianheritage#shawtv
0 361:09 AM Feb 1, 2018
Logging in the early days…
Logging was the major industry in early times in Squamish. In fact, many of the roads, and some of the railway, were built along logging roads and railways.
Charles and Allen Barbour (pictured) were some of the earliest loggers, and they came to Squamish about 1900. They used six yoke of oxen (that was before the day of the highball operation) and took out six 24 foot logs to a “turn”, or load.
It wasn't easy work with oxen because it was hard to shoe them. They had to place in a narrow stall made of poles and have their legs ties to a pole before they could be shoed.
Mr. Young, who arrived a little earlier, started the first sawmill in Squamish It was built on the dyke opposite the present site of the Esso bulk tanks. (Centennial, 1988) #squamish#logging#handsaw#bchistory#bcheritage#canadianhistory#canadianheritage#exploresquamish#pioneertown
The lineup getting into our last #FacesOfTheFraser event this past weekend. Keep up-to-date with our events coming up through the calendar 📆 in our link in bio.
3 351:25 AM Jan 30, 2018
Early days in the Squamish Valley: The First Settlers
In 1885, a group of Norwegians settled in the lowlands of the Squamish Valley, They were in Squamish for a brief time only because a flood swept away their homes and their lands, and they moved onto Bella Coola.
In 1888, Mr. and Mrs. Robertson came from Manitoba to the Mamquam River in Squamish, This was the real beginning of settlement, for they stayed the winter, and early the next year were joined by their daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Allan Rae. That March, a son Edgar was born to them, the first white child born in the valley.
In the fall, Harry Judd arrived with a survey party, and after building a log cabin, brought his parents and family from London, Ontario. The Raes, with eight sons and two daughters, and the Judds, with two sons and eight daughters, formed the nucleus of a thriving community.
Other families followed fast: the Madills, who started hop ranching near the site of the present day Spiral Trailer Park; George Magee built dykes around the salt meadows and started raising hay. One was located where the old Empire Lumber used to stand.
Mrs. Rose came in with her husband Charles, and Alice Lake was named after her. Other early settlers were the Thornes, the Edwards, the Mitchells, Bill Brohm, after whom Brohm Lake was named, Ike Hayden and William Mashiter.
Mashiter, who had taken part in the Cassiar gold rush, brought his wife to Squamish in 1891, and built a store and post office. This resulted in regular mail service and news from the outside. Mashiter served as the justice of the peace, conducted church services and served on the school board when the school, which bore his name, was built.
It was around 1900 when Peter Harries, the Galbraiths and John Bracken, who gave his name to Brackendale arrived. (From: Centennial, 1988) #squamish#brackendale#pioneers#bchistory#bcheritage#canadianheritage#exploresquamish
Do you like quirky #NewWestminster history? Then you are in for TWO weekends of interesting stories from the past!
TOMORROW: STUFF MUSEUMS NEVER TOLD YOU!
@newwestmuseum is blowing the dust off some juicy (formerly secret) stories of the past Saturday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to noon at @anvilcentre. NEXT SATURDAY:
SIMON FRASER'S EXPLORATION + more interesting anecdotes dug up from the past! Join us at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, within a stone's throw of the river that was named after him. Saturday, January 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm with local #NewWest historian, Archie Miller.
REGISTER THROUGH OUR LINK IN BIO.
The Fraser River.....because as one version of the story goes "In 1808 Simon Fraser stopped off at the village across from where the city of New Westminster is now to ask the locals for directions and to obtain a canoe....." 📷Fraser River, New Westminster, 1865, courtesy New Westminster Public Library
Boating on the Sound (Pictured: Government Wharf, built in 1902)
It’s fun to go boating on Howe Sound, to cruise the waters and visit the many coves and intlets which abound in its borders.
But for the early settler, who arrived in the 1880's, like the Robertsons, the Raes , the Judds and the Mashiters, when they came to Squamish they had to charter a boat to reach the mouth of the river and then get a native in a canoe to take them to the main channel of the Squamish River. It could take weeks to get to where you wanted to go, and you had to take your bed with you.
The first boat to bring settlers to the Squamish area was the Saturna, and later, when Mr. Mashiter built his store and opened the post office in 1891, it brought mail and supplies on the Mamquam Blind Channel twice a week.
The dock was where the old Interfor offices used to stand, and there were sandbars in the Blind Channel so the boat could only dock when the tide was full. Many times, the passengers waited for the tide to rise so the boat could clear the sandbars.
In 1902, a wharf was built out beyond the Galbraith store on the waterfront, and Captain Cates started a boat service with the “Bert”. The Union Steamships bought him out shortly after the First World War, and the Capilano, The Lady Cynthia and the Lady Alexandra, made regular runs to Squamish, meeting the trains and providing daily service to the small community.
Later, the Bonnabell provided service from Horseshoe Bay to Squamish, and this lasted until the road was opened in 1958. (Centennial, 1988) #squamish#exploresquamish#bchistory#bcheritage#canadianheritage#howesound#boating#wharf
1959: Village of Squamish snowplough in action (in front of the modern day Copper Coil Still & Grill on Cleveland Avenue & Victoria Street). Happy New Year from the Squamish Historical Society! #happy2018#bchistory#bcheritage#canadianheritage