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    Welcome to our website. In 2008 we moved to Greenwood BC. Since then we have been exploring in the Boundary district, and have discovered that this area is very rich in history. We enjoy touring around the countryside, searching ghost towns, old abundant mines, and natural attractions. This part of the country is filled to the brim with such attractions. As we explore and search such attractions we would like to share our experiences with you.  Please check our website on a regular basis, since we will be updating our information and photos as we experience them.  Don’t forget to email us and leave a comment. 
                                                             Vic & Monika


 

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Greenwood History
     In 1891 copper and gold ore was discovered not far from the present city of Greenwood.  In 1895 Robert Wood purchased some land, built a General Store, and named the settlement Greenwood. With the discovery of rich copper ore Greenwood started to grow, and within two years the region became a booming city. In 1897 Greenwood was incorporated as a city, and by 1899 the population reached 3,000. The city had many fine hotels, a newspaper, an opera house, and other businesses that served many other mining camps in the area. Greenwood became the economic and social hub for the entire boundary region.
In 1901 a new smelter plant was commissioned at Anaconda (a town next to Greenwood) processing copper and gold ore from the nearby Mother lode mine and a few other mines in the area. The smelter's 121 foot brick smoke stack, which stands over the city, is one of the few left in the province. The stack, a mountain of black slag, and a few pieces of foundation are a reminder of the early days of mining. In 1918, the market died, the smelter closed, and Greenwood was virtually deserted.

     In 1942, with the start of the Second World War, over 1,000 Japanese/Canadians arrived by train to be interned in the vacant houses and shops at Greenwood. The City of Greenwood was saved from the ghost  town status that befell every other mining community  in the region. Greenwood was once again a bustling community until the end of the war, in 1945, when many residents again left.                                          
Today Greenwood's population is close to 650 and has evolved into a historic attraction. Many of the turn of the century buildings have been restored, including: the Post Office, Courthouse (which is now City Hall), MacArthur Center, as well as many of the businesses on main street. Greenwood's City Hall was built in 1902 and housed the Supreme Court of British Columbia until 1953. There is an old jail in the basement. The Greenwood City Hall was used in a court room setting for the movie "Snow Falling on Cedars".

 



                
                              City Hall (1902)
                            
                
               Sacred Heart Catholic Church (1899)                                                 St, Jude's Anglican Church (1901)

                         

                         
                                                                   Greenwood Post Office (1913)

                
                Greenwood Fire Hall (1897)

                 
                        Rendell Block (1899)


                
                            Pacific Hotel                                                                               Fort Greenwood

 

 

Most of the people living in the Greenwood district were honest  happy-go-lucky, except for a few bad ones like Two Fingered Jack, Crazy Brown, Dirty George, Winchester Shorty and a few others that made it bad for the whole community.

With the coming of the railway, electric lights, the coming of the telephone, the opening of the smelters Greenwood had real reason to celebrate and celebrate they did. At the height of Greenwood heyday there were about 26 hotels and the gambling and dancing went on for ever. There were several churches which were well attended. At one point a Baptist decided that Greenwood should have a BaptistChurch, after talking to the people and raising enough money a BaptistChurch was built. It was found later that there were only a half a dozen Baptists in the whole area and so it could not operate. A good hospital was run by the Sisters for many years. Greenwood had four banks (Bealey Trust and Investing Company, Bank of Montreal, Bank of British North America and the Bank of Commerce) all did good business. It all came to a end after the Great War.

 There were 26 hotels built in Greenwood during the boom. In 1896 the Pioneer, Windsor and the International were built. The Greenwood, Pacific, Rosland, Imperial and Commercial were built in 1897. In 1898 the Ottawa and the St, Charles were built. During the year of 1899 there were ten more hotels built, Kootenay, Alberta, Armstrong, Arlington, Central, Leland, Miner's, B.C., Log Cabin, and Queens. Other Hotels that were built in Greenwood were the National, Norden, Royal, Victoria, Alhambra, and Temperance, but we could not find any record as to what year they were built.

                

                           Log House (1898)                                                                         Phoenix Bird

                    

                

      Greenwood's Post Office was built in 1913 and with its brass mail boxes and original wickets is still being used today. 

                
                                                                                                        The Old Box Factory with sawdust burner

               
  Power Plant that once supplied power to Greenwood   Built in 1913 this tunnel went underneath the CPR trestle. It was then buried and a new  double tunnel was built to replace it. In 1992 the double tunnel was demolished and this tunnel was once again uncovered. In 1998, as a millennium project, committees and citizens of Greenwood  painted flags on the tunnel to hide the graffiti.
               
The Rendell Building featured an elaborate turret during the earlier years which was removed in the 1950's. This building was the #4 Building and was used to house the community baths during the internment years. It was Fisk's Marine Supply and Hardware for "Snow Falling on Cedars", and also housed the production offices during the filming of the movie.   

Greenwood Fire Hall was known as #10 Building during the Internment years
The Pacific Hotel was used as #1 Building and housed over 200 Japanese/Canadian Internees. This  building  was also called Harbor Hotel for the movie "Snow Falling on Cedars". The Windsor Hotel was called the San Piedro Island Inn in the movie "Snow Falling on Cedars".
                     
                                              Greenwood Hotel early 1900's (curtesy of Bonnie Edstrom)

                               

                                             Main street Greenwood   (curtesy of Bonnie Edstrom)

 


Click on the title below to go directly to that page.
Ghost Camps, Ghost Mines & Others       Ghost Towns             Special Projects & Events
*The Providence Mine *Phoenix *Crafts by Monika
*The Gold Bug Claim *Boundary Falls *Property for Sale
*#7 Mine & White's Camp *Deadwood Camp *HHO (Booster Juce)
*The Skomac Mine *Lost City of Paris *Homebuilt Welder
*The Othello Tunnels *Eholt *Building a Sign for Midway BC
*The BC Mine *Cascade City *Homemade Smoker
*Spotted Lake *Niagara  *Farmers' Market (2011)
*Oro Denoro Mine & Deadman's Gulch *Anaconda and the Smelter  *Homemade Fire Logs
*The War Eagle Mine & Camp *Rock Creek  *The Pickled Pear
*Boundary Falls Limestone *Myncaster  *Christina Lake BC
*Midway BC and The Railroad War *Riverside  *Rock Creek Market (2012)
*Goldfinch and area Mines    *Homebuilt CD Player
*Lime Kiln Trail    *Building a Fuel Vaporizer
*Golden Eagle Mine & Camp    *Homemade Flour Grinder 
*Snoqualmie Falls Hydroelectric Plant    *Homemade Battery Charger
*Son Ranch Logging Museum    *1984 Dodge Prospector
*Coal Creek Trail    *1973 Scamper Travel Trailer
*Catholic Church on Rock Mountain   *Homemade Fruit Crusher & Press 
*Shannon Falls    *Rock Creek Market 2013-14
*Grist Mill    *Building a Mountain Dulcimer
*Denoro Crossing    *Making Apple Cider Vinegar at Home 
*Emma Mine    *Duraspark Conversion to HEI 
*CPR Train Wreck    *1987 Sprinter Class A Motor Home
*Kettle Valley    *1981 Suzuki LJ80 
*Britannia Mine     
     
     
     

               Here is a couple videos on Greenwood     http://vimeo.com/81358735
                                                                                                                             
http://vimeo.com/81566187

      



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