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Invermere resident Ray Crook submitted this photo that was taken in 1915. It is a picnic group of mostly Homesteaders gathered together at Macleod Meadows in what is now Kootenay National Park. At that time, the Province of B.C. had built a road from Radium up Sinclair Creek and over the Sinclair Pass. This was the start of what became the Banff-Windermere Highway. There are a few children in the group. Mr. Crook’s four-year-old brother Charles is sitting in front of his mother Annie Crook. The other children may belong to Walter and Esther Nixon who had a Homestead at Kootenay Crossing. Mr. Crook recently turned 98 — Happy (belated) Birthday!Photo courtesy of Ray Crook

Happy homesteaders

Posted on December 2nd, 2016 by


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In this image dated 1929-30, Alf and Molly Laird stand outside their house at Lake Lillian. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (C957) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Winter is here

Posted on November 25th, 2016 by


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Hay Harvest

Posted on November 18th, 2016 by


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In this image from 1970, a ski racer makes his way to the bottom of Panorama Mountain. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (C1028) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Racing down the slopes!

Posted on November 4th, 2016 by


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In this image from 1922, a Native woman is on horseback with a child in travois behind the horse at a gathering for the opening of the David Thompson Memorial Fort at Fort Point. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com. Photo C185 courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society.

Fort Point gathering

Posted on October 28th, 2016 by


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In this image from 1945, people watch as armoured vehicles pass by for the Victory Loan Drive in Invermere. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A498) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Armoured parade

Posted on October 14th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, the CIBC at the corner of 7th Ave. and 14th Street awaits the rest of downtown Invermere to be built. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A316) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Banking away

Posted on October 7th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, two groups pose for a photo on the Horsethief Bridge just past Wilmer. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A3118) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Just hanging out

Posted on September 30th, 2016 by


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In this image from the 1940s, Ang Atchison (left) and Lloyd Watkins (right) are on the mower and tractor in Brisco at the Watkins farm. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A318) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Old time mowing

Posted on September 23rd, 2016 by


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In this image from 1919, school children celebrate 50 years of Confederation. Pictured are Margaret and Tom Walker (straw hat) along with Kitty Walker (girl with white hat behind boy) and George Walker (boy behind the boy second row from the front).  If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A150) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Back to school!

Posted on September 16th, 2016 by


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Opening up shop!

Posted on September 9th, 2016 by


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In this image dated 1910, three men stand with three horses and a dog in front of a stable in Athalmer. The stable is the old livery stable and the men are William Percival (Percy) Lake, Frank Nicholson and Red Glemo (or Clemo). If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A631) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

In front of the horse hotel

Posted on September 2nd, 2016 by


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Relaxing in Radium

Posted on August 26th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, Athalmer, before the railway was built, is depicted. Most of the buildings are close to the Columbia River. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo of Ray Crook

Early days

Posted on August 19th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, a car is stopped on a road overlooking Athalmer. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.Photo (C258) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Car with a view

Posted on August 12th, 2016 by


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New Arrivals

Posted on August 5th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, children Harry and George are playing in miniature wagons fashioned out of boxes for presumably mine explosives. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (C64) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Miniature wagons

Posted on July 29th, 2016 by


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In this image dated 1912, Bob Tegart sits on top of a horse in front of the Fairmont Store. If you have any more information, email us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A1003) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Boy and his steed

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 by


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There is no information to accompany this photo of one of Invermere’s very first soccer teams. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A156) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Kicking off

Posted on July 15th, 2016 by


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In this image with no date, one of Invermere’s first baseball teams gather for a group picture. If you have any more information, e-mail us at info@columbiavalleypioneer.com.
Photo (A212) courtesy of the Windermere District Historical Society

Play Ball!

Posted on July 8th, 2016 by


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