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Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 8

History as told by the newspaper of the day
The Revelstoke High School, built in 1914. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

130 years ago: The Kootenay Star, February 10, 1894

The local Chinese community celebrated their New Year. An elaborate pyrotechnic display brought out large a number of townspeople and three sleighs decorated with flags were driven around town amid the fire crackers.

120 years ago: Revelstoke Herald, February 11, 1904

The Revelstoke curling team participated in a bonspiel on Golden where they took home the Wells Trophy and the Visitors Trophy.

110 years ago: The Mail-Herald, February 11, 1914

The formal opening ceremony of the new Revelstoke High School was held. The building was described as “well equipped,” “splendid,” and “the finest high school in the interior of BC.” In 2024, it houses Old School Eatery, Spruce & Arrow Interior Design, and other offices.

100 years ago: Revelstoke Review, January February 6, 1924

The Revelstoke ski hill was described as “too fast and treacherous to make any world records” – other than attendance. The 10th annual ski tournament drew a larger number of visitors than any previous ski event, with upwards of 2,000 people in attendance.

90 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, February 9, 1934

During the ski carnival, Sidmouth long-distance skier Anton Anderson broke all previous records for the seven-mile race, covering the course in 41 minutes and 15 seconds. To add to his achievement, Anderson broke one ski half way around the course and finished on a ski and a half.

80 years ago: The Revelstoke Review, February 10, 1944

Princess Julianna of the Netherlands passed through Revelstoke on route to the coast. Her retinue travelled in “an ordinary CPR compartment car” that gave nothing to indicate that the heir to the throne of the Netherlands was on board.

70 years ago: Revelstoke Review, February 11, 1954

In all the years of skiing in Revelstoke, no junior event was more successful than the 1954 edition which concluded on the Hans Gunnarsen Hill before a record crowd.

60 years ago: Revelstoke Review, February 6, 1964.

Up to Jan. 31, 1964, a total snowfall of 340.5 inches (8.65 m) had been officially measured in Rogers Pass. The 30-year average snowfall for the entire winter season was 342 inches (8.67 m).

50 years ago: Revelstoke Review, February 7, 1974

City Council voted to purchase the former Post Office building on First Street for $21,000 ($127,000 in 2024). The council had yet to decide if they would use the building for the museum.

40 years ago: Revelstoke Review, February 8, 1984

Mount Mackenzie was officially opened over the past weekend. Reudi Beglinger of Revelstoke became the first to race across the finish line of the world’s longest powder downhill in a time of 8 minutes and 27 seconds.

30 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, February 8, 1994

A bus crash in Glacier national park sent 22 people to Queen Victoria Hospital. Local residents who spoke Cantonese and Mandarin served as translators for injured tourists, something the hospital administrator said was “the key thing” for successfully treating the patients.

20 years ago: Revelstoke Times Review, February 11, 2004

RCMP forensic expert Doug Morris was photographed dusting a counter for fingerprints in the aftermath of the previous week’s bank robbery at the Toronto-Dominion/Canada Trust Bank on First Street.

Compiled by Mandy Broberg, collections manager for the Revelstoke Museum and Archives.

Zach Delaney

About the Author: Zach Delaney

I came to the Revelstoke Review from Ottawa, Ontario, where I earned a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton University.
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