Fort Steele: Gold Rush to Boom Town Naomi Miller

ISBN: 9781894384384

Published: May 1st 2002

Paperback

240 pages


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Fort Steele: Gold Rush to Boom Town  by  Naomi Miller

Fort Steele: Gold Rush to Boom Town by Naomi Miller
May 1st 2002 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, RTF | 240 pages | ISBN: 9781894384384 | 5.67 Mb

Fort Steele began in 1864 as the site of John Galbraiths ferry, which transported eager gold seekers across the Kootenay River to nearby Wild Horse Creek. Major Sam Steeles D Division of the North West Mounted Police built Kootenay Post here inMoreFort Steele began in 1864 as the site of John Galbraiths ferry, which transported eager gold seekers across the Kootenay River to nearby Wild Horse Creek.

Major Sam Steeles D Division of the North West Mounted Police built Kootenay Post here in 1887 and helped alleviate tensions between white settlers and the Native Ktunaxa people. With all disputes settled peacefully and Steele recalled to Alberta to take on a new challenge, the appreciative residents renamed the town in 1888 to honour the highly regarded Mountie.As more settlers came, trails became roads.

In summer, riverboats ran north and south to link with railways. Government offices made Fort Steele the administrative centre for East Kootenay. A bustling business community developed, and a newspaper was born. A school, three churches, an Opera House, and a hospital soon followed.

Fort Steele boomed until the BC Southern Railway bypassed it. Naomi Miller, a local resident and interpreter at Fort Steele Heritage Town, provides many insights into the lives of the citizens of the town and district.



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