(Contributed by Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for July 6

Local history as told by the newspaper of the day

Revelstoke Museum and Archives


130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, July 8, 1893

An auction to the extent of $6,248 was set to be held at the Donald Court House. The Kootenay Smelting and Trading Syndicate which has not been operational since 1891 were looking to sell lots within their 320 acre land grant. The land which spans from roughly Rokeby to Mackenzie Avenue and First Street to the riverbank was deemed to be some of the most valuable in town. *The value in 2023 would be approximately $211,000.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, July 9, 1903

C.B. Hume suggested that measures be taken to do away with the nuisance of livestock on the streets. Residents on Mackenzie Avenue have terrible tales of being kept up at night from the noise of wandering horses and cows. Power was given to the Board of Works to hire a cowboy to help corral the offenders.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, July 5, 1913

A street parade is set to inaugurate Wild West Day. This was in anticipation of a Wild West show coming to Revelstoke which was projected to be beyond a production, and actually depict real representations of the old days on the plains. Set on an Oklahoma ranch, the performance featured cowboys, cowgirls and bandits.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, July 4, 1923

Sealed tenders accepted for the labour of building the Hall’s Landing Ferry barge,sized 48×24. Tenders and specification forms were available at the district engineer office in Nelson or the general foreman office in Revelstoke.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, July 7, 1933

Work on the Big Bend road resumed after coming to a halt early in the Great Depression. The project was taken over by The Militia Department who promised that arrangements were underway and that work would resume shortly.

The department also stated that a supply officer was to be located in Revelstoke to facilitate the short time demanded.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, July 8, 1943

The Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada passed a resolution declaring the historic events connected with Boat Encampment to be of national importance and declared a monument to be built at a later date. This was the first meeting of the Board since the outbreak of the war so it was probable that the monument will not be erected until after the cessation of hostilities. The Boat Encampment plaque that was unveiled in 1953 is now in Revelstoke Museum and Archives.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, July 9, 1953

The Revelstoke Division of the Canadian Pacific Railway was seething with activity; in fact train traffic was at a record high. Quite a number of trainmen were taken on and officials were looking for more. “Diesel engines are handling all the business on the Mountain subdivision, but steam engines are doing the bulk of the work in the Shuswap subdivision” (later switched to diesel at end of 1950’s).

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, July 4, 1963

The Revelstoke Carlings won $150, placing second in the district baseball tournament held in Invermere. Cranbrook and Golden were defeated by the Carlings, who lost only to Kimberley in the final game. Despite the concerns of low attendance, the Carlings would become Revelstoke League Champions two years later, in 1965.

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, July 5, 1973

The Provincial Environment and Land Use Committee held public meetings to discuss the development of the Mica Dam reservoir. Committee members worked with staff members from various civil services who assessed problems in the development and use of the forest, recreation, fish, wild life and water resources.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, July 6, 1983

At the foot of Edward Street, the BMX track was in the finishing stages of completion. The plan was for the track to be 1,000 feet long with a series of jumps and banked corners. Today the site serves as the local skate park.

30 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, July 9, 1993

Illecillewaet Greenbelt Society acquired a claim on the Northshore of the river and volunteers restored the old trails making new trails to create a circle route. The society hoped to acquire more land on the opposite shore plus maybe the shoreline above the bridge. Plans were also in motion to close the trails to motor vehicles making it safer for bikers and walkers to enjoy nature.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, July 9, 2003

Many events were held and prizes were given away at Revelstoke’s annual Timber days. The 2003 recipient of the Pioneer Logger Award was Doug Mackey. The events included the Groucho Marx fun event, in which contestants armed with water pump-spray backpacks attempt to extinguish each other’s lit cigars.

Compiled by Burke Camara and Ryan Watson, collections assistants, Revelstoke Museum and Archives.

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