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From Boom to Bust in 20 Years:
Sandon's History as an Incorporated City

From the beginning, Sandon was a community that could hardly catch up with itself; organization and government were virtual afterthoughts, imposed on an existing city that had sprung up in the unlikely location of Carpenter Creek valley. In the original ...

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Captains of Industry:
Sandon's thriving commercial enterprises

As with most "boomtime" communities, the rush of prospectors and miners into the Slocan was soon followed by a flood of business people, eager to make their fortunes in their own way. By mid-1897 Sandon's mines ...

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Sandon, the "King of Clubs"
Lodges, societies and organizations in the Silver City

Not surprisingly, clubs, lodges and other community organizations played an important role in Sandon's early years. As the city held such a disproportionate ratio of males to females, men were forced ...

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Swift and Silent, The "Whispering Death"
Avalanches and Snow Slides

Soon after the first settlers arrived in Carpenter Creek valley, the hillsides rang to the sound of axes and saws as the miners began cutting timber for use in the mines or to build shacks. As the tide of hundreds ...

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Gone But Not Forgotten:
Sandon's Hidden Cemetery

Located approximately 1.7 kilometres outside Sandon, the cemetery is now hidden under the shelter of trees, on the hillside above the road into town. Plotted on early government maps, there were no known burials ...

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World War II
The Japanese-Canadian Internment Years in Sandon

For over a century, the Japanese have had a long and proud history in Canada. Beginning in 1877, many emigrated to the West Coast to work, and they soon came to dominate the fishing industry, with their great skill ...

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Friends and Neighbours:
Surrounding Communities in the Silvery Slocan

Nakusp

Local legend has it that "Nakusp" is a First Nations word meaning "safe". Early native inhabitants learned that once they had paddled their canoes beyond a certain point of land they were safe from the turbulent currents ...

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