Sunday, 15 April 2012

Guidebook available - Walking Tour

Featured Publication - Spring 2012:

Footsteps Through the Past 
     Walking Tour of Kimberley, BC

Copyright:    2011
No. of pages:     50
No. of photos:   70
No of sites:        74
Price:             $6.00

The book cover features the north side of Spokane Street comparing the buildings in three different eras. The building on the right is currently the Bean Tree Coffee House.

Now that spring is here, you may enjoy taking these 'walking' tours put together by our volunteers in this book "Footsteps Through the Past".

For $6 you can buy this coil-bound 50 page book, follow the maps around City Centre, Townsite, and Marysville, and read about and immerse yourself in some of the fascinating history of our businesses, health facilities, sports, founding citizens, and environment.

Example of one of the 3 tour maps guiding you to historic sites - City Centre.

The City Centre tour starts and ends at the Kimberley Heritage Museum, wandering as far as Mark Creek, where you will learn about the flood of 1948.  40 sites are described in the City Centre tour.

Example of four of the 74 historic sites described.

The Townsite tour describes 9 sites and the Marysville tour describes 25.  Directions from City Centre to the starting points of these two tours are clearly given in their introductions.  

Several pages of general Kimberley and mining history are included along with descriptions of the 74 historic sites and 70 restored photos.

The book "Footsteps Through the Past" is available at the Visitor's Info Centre at the west end of the platzl parking off Ross Street, and at the Kimberley Heritage Museum, 105 Spokane Street, Kimberley, BC.


Dianne C.

1977 Kimberley Newspaper Mashup

Browsing the archived local paper I ran across these:

CBC TV pays visit to Kimberley.  Cameraman Blair Griffiths films local residents, including official greeter Chester Righton, in the mall / platzl for an upcoming CBC Hourglass five part series on the BC economy.

A new paint job done over the summer marks the entrance to McKim Elementary - Junior Secondary School.

Call for auditions by Kimberley Community Theatre's upcoming production of "Sweeney Todd the Barber".  Who can forget Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter in Tim Burton's excellent musical movie. So grim.

Not sure for how many years the Lions club hosted TV Bingo but I recall around 1970 sitting with my mother in our living room while the game was on. A special treat on these evenings were a TV dinner on our new TV trays. If you won, you phoned in.

Yes, there were local TV broadcasts.

As the article says, this is the year it became law for everyone in British Columbia traveling in a vehicle (except students on school buses and large public transit buses) to use a seat belt.  There was lots of warning in the media.

I believe this is the year we "went metric" as well. Now, I can't recall how far a mile actually is.

Dianne C.