Carving the Western Path: Routes to Remember

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Heritage House Publishing Co, 2006 - History - 189 pages
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The sparsely populated southern Interior of British Columbia was rich in resources and ripe for settlement in the late 1800s. The agricultural lands of the Okanagan and Nicola valleys, and the precious metals and coal of the Kootenays, lay largely unused or undiscovered: the challenges was gettingto these places.

Transportation was the key that opened the way to these riches, providing hope for the future for stout-hearted settlers—people for whom hope was the greatest of treasures. In this final book of his bestselling Carving the Western Path series, former Deputy Minister of Highways and Public Works R.G. Harvey tells the stories of the road through the Okanagan Valley, the highway alongside Kootenay Lake and the Crows Nest Railway. He also looks at how the challenge of moving people and cars over water was met, from river ferries running on human power or the force of currents to the 1,000-hp ferries on interior lakes.

Harvey's stories about BC's fascinating transportation history speaks of technical matters, but also of human resolution and determination in meeting nature's challenges.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
The Fur Brigade Trail Down the Valley
12
The Road Down the Valley
35
The Road Up the Lake
37
The Crows Nest Railway
55
Railways of the West Kootenay
59
Weather and Roads in British Columbia
70
Profile of an Avalanche Path
72
Arrow Slocan and Kootenay Lakes Area Prior to 1930
116
The Trek of the Huscrofts in 1891
132
The Western Half of the United States in the Mid1800s
137
Turning an Engineer into an Author
162
List of Events of Historical Relevance
169
Notes
175
Bibliography
183
Photo Credits
190

Bill Ramsays District
97
The Other B C Ferries
104

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About the author (2006)

R.G. (Bob) Harvey was born in Scotland in 1922, and graduated from the University of Glasgow with a B.Sc. in civil engineering in 1943. Bob immediately joined the British army and served in the UK, India and Burma before being placed on reserve as a captain (EME) in 1947. He immigrated to Canada in 1948 and joined the BC Department of Public Works that same year, right in the middle of the worst spring flooding in 54 years. In 1950 Bob married Eva Huscroft. He worked in Nelson and Prince George before becoming Deputy Minister of Highways and Public Works in 1976, retiring in 1983. Bob has written five books on the transportation history of British Columbia.

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