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Currently, we have a selection of pioneer history books for sale covering the province of British Columbia, Canada.

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Kamloops Cattlemen, One Hundred Years of Trail Dust! Life of the pioneers in the ranching business in the Kamloops District, founded in the 1860's by Jerome and Thaddeus Harper. Includes such notable properties as Douglas Lake Ranch, Gang Ranch, Perry Ranch, and Circle J. Ranch. Gray's Publishing, Good, missing the dust jacket, owner name on front page, 183 pages, signed by the author,  T. Alex Bulman (1972). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Bella Coola As the back cover announces ... a romantic history of a beautiful corner of British Columbia, every individual is a living story, an actor stepping out of a legend. Runs from the arrival of white men in 1793 (Sir Alexander Mackenzie and Captain George Vancouver), establishment of a Hudson's Bay Company trading post, the coming of the Norwegians in 1894 and completion of a road from Bella Coola to the rest of B.C. in the 1950's. Tenas Tiktik Publishing, Third Printing, softcover, Fine, 296 pages, by Cliff Kopas (1990). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
More Tales from the Outer Gulf Islands An anthology of memories and anecdotes. Stories from the islands of North and South Pender, Gossip, Prevost, Samuel, Mayne, Saturna, and Galiano. The pioneer families covered include Georgeson,  Page, Murcheson, Furlong, Bambrick, Twiss, Scoones,  Sinclair, Bell, Stevens, New, and Bellhouse. Gulf Island's Branch of the B.C. Historical Federation, Second Printing, softcover Good, (crease in front cover, two small scuffs on the back, about 8 pages contain a few lines of yellow highlighting), 302 pages, edited by Douglas Harker  (1994). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Victoria, The Story and the Sights -- Chronicle Series One in a series of booklets, this one covering Victoria from its origins as Fort Camosun, a Hudson's Bay Company fur trading Fort in 1842, through establishment as the capital of the future province of B.C., to current day activities. Many photos from the late 1800's. Whitecap Books, coffee table format with soft covers, Very Good (slightly creased booklet corner), 48 pages, by Barry Bondar (1986). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Okanagan, The Story and the Sights -- Chronicle Series One in a series of booklets, this one covering the Okanagan. Includes stories of Father Charles Pandosy, the O'Keefe Ranch, orchard country, cattle country, and wine country. Many photos from the early 1900's. Whitecap Books, coffee table format with soft covers, Very Good, (slight wear), 48 pages, by Barry Bondar (1986). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
The Kootenays, The Story and the Sights -- Chronicle Series One in a series of booklets, this one covering the Kootenays from the gold rush wave in the 1860's, coal mining in the 1890's, to current day activities. Many photos from the late 1800's. Whitecap Books, coffee table format with soft covers, Very Good (bent corner on the booklet), 48 pages, by Barry Bondar (1986). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Vancouver, The Story and the Sights -- Chronicle Series One in a series of booklets, this one covering Vancouver from the 1860's as a quality timber source, selection as the western terminus of the C.P.R. railway in 1884, growth and boom through the 1920's, to current day activities. Many photos from the late 1800's. Whitecap Books, coffee table format with soft covers, Very Good, 48 pages, by Barry Bondar (1986). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Outlaws & Lawmen of Western Canada, Volume Three Dramatic cases involving Western Canada's pioneer lawmen. Includes B.C. related stories such as Boone Helm - The Murdering Cannibal, and the Hyslop gang in 1935 Vancouver. Heritage House Publishing, Third Printing, softcover, Fine, 158 pages (1994). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
The Best of Canada West, Volume 2 A reprint of articles that appeared in the quarterly magazine, Canada West, between 1970 and 1979. Stories include the discovery and development of the Bluebell Mine, a chronicle of forgotten West Kootenay towns such as Brooklyn, Paulson, and Waneta, and a history of the famous Peace River sternwheeler, the D. A. Thomas. Stagecoach Publishing, First Printing, paperback, Fair (spine taped, creases in cover, yellowing pages), 184 pages (1980). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
East Kootenay Saga A fictional account of life in Southern British Columbia in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Embodies the life and times of such men as David Thompson, Colonel Baker, Father de Smet, Chief Isadore, William Baillie-Grohman, Edgar Dewdney, Colonel Steele and Father Coccola. Archive photos from the early 1900's. Nunaga Publishing, 1st Printing, softcover, Good"-" (folds in front and back covers), 124 pages, by David Scott and Edna H. Hanic (1974). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Valley of the Ghosts, The history along Highway 31A Excerpted from back cover ... For many, the history of the West Kootenay area holds fascination so strong, it becomes an enduring romance with the people and events of long ago. This book details the mining history along the highway that connects New Denver to Kaslo, in the heart of West Kootenay country. Also included are Silverton, Sandon and Ainsworth ... It was a time when 60% of Canada's silver supply came from the 'Silvery Slocan' valley. Here too, is the story of a rare boulder of galena that was purchased for $2,000 and sold for $20,000 in the U.S. in the mid 1890's. Second edition, Sandhill Publishing, coffee table format with soft covers, Near Fine (slight curling at lower front corner), 103 pages, by Don Blake (1990). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
British Columbia - Yukon Sternwheel Days The story of the over 300 paddlewheelers that plied the waters of BC, Alaska, and the Yukon. At their height of popularity, they were found on lakes (such as the Kootenay and Okanagan), rivers (such as the Skeena and Fraser), and ocean waters (such as the Georgia Strait and the Bering Sea). Over 200 b&w photos, many full-page. Heritage House Publishing, coffee table format with soft covers, Near Fine covers, Good "+" book (corners slightly bumped), 160 pages, by Art Downs (1992). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
A Traveller's Guide to Historic British Columbia The author takes us on a rich "backroad history" of B.C. This evocative guide blends historically important details of a couple hundred towns with lesser-known, unusual events from the past to create a compelling story of the province. Many photos provided by the B.C. Archives and Records Service. Whitecap Books, Second Printing, softcover, Very Good "-" (slight lifting on some pages and cover), 280 pages, by Rosemary Neering (1996). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Vancouver, The Pioneer Years 1774 - 1886 The story of Pioneer Vancouver. Rather than confining himself to Vancouver alone, the author incorporates the impact of fur-trading, gold-seekers, early lumbering, and other events into the story. As the book cover states ... Truly an enlightening and fascinating history of a city that went on to become British Columbia's largest. Many photos from the 1800's. Sunfire Publications, softcover, Fair (one break in the spine), First Printing, 191 pages, by Derek Pethick (1984). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Backroads of British Columbia As the introduction states, "Travellers who drive only the highways miss the best of British Columbia .... The backroads, [on the other hand], are tangible links with the history of Man and his influence on the B.C." Focusing on southern B.C., this book describes 25 backroad tours, including old logging camps, mining towns that failed, abandoned homesteads, and wagon trails. Contains over 100 color photos to illustrate sites as they existed in the 1970's. Sunflower Books, coffee table format with soft covers, Good (has a few dog-eared pages), Revised Edition, 156 pages, by Liz and Jack Bryan (1981). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Firing Iron The history of the International Union of Operating Engineers Local 115, 1909-1982. Chronicles union involvement in numerous construction and operations projects in B.C., including Ruskin Dam, Burrard Street Bridge, Lions Gate Bridge, Bridge River Dam, Alcan Smelter Kitimat-Kemano Project, and Squamish Highway. An excellent resource for students of the trade union movement, with newsletter excerpts and member recollections. Mitchell Press, coffee table format with soft covers, Good (abrasion on back cover which shows 1938 Union Charter), 96 pages, by Mike Youds (1982). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Historic Houses of the Pacific Northwest A directory of restored historic structures you can visit in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, and British Columbia. Within B.C., 40 pages provide coverage for houses from cities and towns such as Barkerville (Cottonwood House), Fort St. James (General Warehouse and Fur Store), Grand Forks (Mountain View Doukhobor Museum), Kelowna (Father Pandosy Mission), Vernon (O'Keefe Ranch), and Victoria (Emily Carr House, Craigdarroch Castle, Helmcken House). Chronicle Books, softcover, Good (some abrasions and creases on the covers), 170 pages, by Daphne Reece (1985). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
A History of Coquitlam and Fraser Mills, 1858-1958 This history of the municipalities of Coquitlam and Fraser Mills provides tales of the early French and British settlers, details of land ownership, development of the area, and industrial growth. Also mentions the settlements of Maillardville, Millside, and Westminster Junction. Trade paperback, Very Good (two small indentations in cover), 76 pages, by H.A.J. Monk and John Stewart. Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
B.C. Provincial Police Stories, Volume One As described on the back cover ... The B.C. Police force was born in 1858, the first lawmen in Western Canada. This book relates some of their adventures throughout B.C., including the murder of Charles Blessing. Heritage House Publishing, Good (writing indentations on cover, remainder mark on bottom, cover tearing from spine), 126 pages, by Cecil Clark (1999). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
The Ladners of Ladner, By Covered Wagon to the Welfare State The story of the lives of Thomas Ellis Ladner and his brother, William Henry Ladner. The brothers arrived in B.C. by wagon trip over the California trail in 1852. They participated in the gold rush days before developing farms and cannery businesses in an area that was to become known as the town of Ladner, 12 miles south of Vancouver. Mitchell Press, Very Good/Very Good (rub marks on dustcover edges), 161 pages, dedicated by the author "To Mrs Rice - a friend of many years - Happy New Year, 1 Jan 1973", Leon J. Ladner (1972). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Skeena, River of Destiny Chronicles a portion of British Columbia that has been neglected by historians. The author details the land and people with chapters on Port Simpson, Metlakatla, Port Essington, Hazelton, the Bulkley Valley, Terrace, Kitimat, and Prince Rupert. Photos from the late 1800's. Gray's Publishing, Updated Edition, softcover, Very Good (cover corners folded and lifting slightly), 180 pages, signed by the author, Dr. R. Geddes Large (1981). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
George Dawson, The Little Giant Story of the life and adventures of George Dawson, in whose honour both Dawson Creek and Dawson City were named. George Dawson (1849-1901), a tiny hunchback, may have contributed more than any other person to the early knowledge of the geology, biology, and ethnology of Canada's Northwest. Natural Heritage Books, softcover, Very Good (pages on bottom right corner bent, cover corners lifting slightly), 134 pages, by Joyce Barkhouse (1989). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
They Were Giants in Those Days, Stories from the Heart of the Cariboo As the back cover describes ... "On a June day in 1925, the Honourable Denis Murphy unveiled a monument in honour of the pioneers of the Cariboo. In the heartfelt tribute he gave those people the status of giants to commemorate their strength in the face of a multitude of hardships. [In this book], Dr. Elton Lee now reveals some of these giants of the Cariboo in depth. He follows Knife Creek Road and the original Cariboo Wagon Road, telling stories, histories, and heartbreaks of some of the Cariboo's first residents. Annie Basil, a Salish elder, and Lillian Dodd, a deaf woman who walked for miles at a time around the Cariboo country; the doomed love of Roland and Joyce, and the mysterious shooting death of a lodger at 141 Mile House; all make up the framework of a rich history that is written by a first-hand observer." Heritage House, softcover, Fine (cover lifts slightly), 159 pages, by Dr. Eldon Lee (1999). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Banff Springs, The Story of a Hotel As the back cover describes ... "Bart Robinson's story of the Banff Springs Hotel is filled with rich anecdotes and snippets of history that have enriched Banff and Canada, from the construction of the CPR to the visitations of kings and queens and maharajahs, magnates and movie stars." While located just over the B.C. border into Alberta, Banff Springs describes a pioneer setting of the late 1800's that was common in the Kootenays. Hunter Rose Company, softcover, 4th Printing, Fine (price sticker mark on back cover), 115 pages, by Bart Robinson (1983). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Pioneer Days in British Columbia An excellent selection of historical articles from BC Outdoors magazine. Most articles are 4-8 pages. Coverage includes Hazelton, Sandon, Williams Lake, Aldermere, John Jewitt, Walhachin, Thomas Dolman Shorts, Robert Thornton Lowery, Billy Barker of Barkerville, John Jacques (Cataline) Caux, S.S. Princess Sophia, the Taku Tram, William Wallace Gibson, Ferguson, and the Jamieson brothers. Foremost Publishing, First Edition, coffee table format trade paperback, Good, 160 pages, edited by Art Downs (1973). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Pioneer Days in British Columbia, Volume Two An excellent selection of historical articles from BC Outdoors magazine. Most articles are 4-8 pages. Coverage includes the Hagwilget Bridges, Nelson, Nootka Sound, Liard River, Sandon, Skeena fishermen, Cottonwood House, Alice Elizabeth Jowett of Lardeau, Valencia disaster, John Bunyan Ray, Peace River sternwheelers, Thomas Ellis, David Douglas, and Totem poles. Heritage House Publishing, First Edition, coffee table format with soft covers, Good, 160 pages, edited by Art Downs (1975). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Pioneer Days in British Columbia, Volume Four An excellent selection of historical articles from BC Outdoors magazine, the Okanagan Historical Foundation, the Boundary Historical Foundation, and The Fishermen. Most articles are 4-8 pages. Coverage includes Hotel Quilchena, the Charles Bedaux Expedition, Grand Forks, Nechako Valley, Ainsworth, James Gartrell of Trout Creek, and Quatsino. Heritage House Publishing, First Edition, coffee table format with soft covers, Good, 160 pages, edited by Art Downs (1979). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Wagon Road North An informative collection of stories chronicling the history of the Fraser River and Cariboo gold rush. A colorful era is portrayed, which began in 1858, and resulted in the birth of British Columbia. Photographs from the 1860's Cariboo Gold Rush. Heritage House Publishing, Third Edition, coffee table format with soft covers, Very Good (several small scratches on cover), 88 pages, edited by Art Downs (1980). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Tragedies of the Crowsnest Pass As the back cover describes ... "In the history of Canada no place can equal the tragedies which have buffeted the 60-mile-long Crowsnest Pass through the Rocky Mountains on the B.C.-Alberta border."  Over 600 people have died in fires, explosions, floods, avalanches and other calamities. Two large sections of the book are devoted to the Frank Slide and the Hillcrest Mine Disaster. Heritage House Publishing, Third Edition, softcover, Very Good (front cover raises slightly), 94 pages, by Frank Anderson and Elsie G. Turnbull (1992). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
History of Harrison Hot Springs and Port Douglas Area, Healing Waters A recollection of the fascinating history of the Harrison Hot Springs area by a long time resident. Canyon Press, Reprinted, trade paperback, Good (many phrases highlighted with pencil underlines, price sticker mark on back), 46 pages, by Belle Rendall (1981).

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Cariboo-Chilcotin, Pioneer People and Places A collection of stories and memories of those who were there, pioneer days in Williams Lake, Dog Creek, Likely, Soda Creek, Horsefly, Riske Creek, Quesnel Forks, 150 Mile House and other areas. A total of 28 stories, generally 4 to 8 pages each. Heritage House Publishing, Second Edition, softcover, Very Good, 128 pages, by Irene Stangoe (1996). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Excelsior, The Story of the Todd Family As the back cover describes ... "From Jacob Hunter Todd's modest Barkerville store grew a family empire that encompassed everything from pioneer road building and urban planning to the development of British Columbia's salmon fishing industry." Includes a four generation genealogy chart starting with John Todd, born in Ireland, 1792. Orca Book Publishers, First Edition, softcover, Very Good (price corner torn off on inside page), 138 pages, by Valerie Green (1990). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Women of the West Coast, Then and Now Sixteen portraits of ordinary women living quite extraordinary lives. The focus of the pioneer (then) portraits include Cougar Annie, Madeline Malon (nee Dawley) of Clayoquot, and the early 1900's ladies of Long Beach. Sand Dollar Press, Second Edition, softcover, Fine (slight liquid stains on end), 189 pages, by Marnie Andersen (1993). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Pioneer Parish, The Story of St. Peter's Quamichan As the back cover describes ... "This is a readable account of the origins and mission of an Anglican parish founded in 1866 in the Cowichan Valley region, of which the present city of Duncan in now the centre." St. Peter's Quamichan Anglican Church, First Edition, softcover, Very Good, 92 pages, by David Ricardo Williams (1991). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
West Kootenay, The Pioneer Years Nine chapters covering a wide scope of stories and adventures. Includes articles on the Bluebell Mine, Ainsworth, Nelson, Ymir, Rossland, Kaslo, the Silvery Slocan, the SS Moyie, and Poplar City. Sunfire Publications, First Edition, softcover, Fine, 168 pages, by Garnet Basque (1990). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Golden Nuggets, Roadhouse Portraits along the Cariboo's Gold-Rush Trail As described on the back cover ... "blends a unique array of over 300 photographs with a narrative of entertaining anecdotes about British Columbia's gold-rush era and the different trails that led inland to the mother lodes of the Cariboo." Heritage House Publishing, First Edition, coffee table format with soft covers, Fine, 96 pages, by Branwen Patenaude (1998). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Wilderness Dream, Glimpses of Pioneer Life in British Columbia As described on the back cover ... "The historical photos alone make this volume of homesteading reminiscences a superb acquisition for anyone interested in Canadiana. They illustrate the adventures of a close-knit family who 70 years ago followed a dream to the Bridge River Valley - one of B.C.'s spectacular wilderness areas which rapidly turned both the adults and children into seasoned homesteaders." Chronicles the the pioneer family of Alphonse Jacques Beaubien, who homesteaded in Bridge River in 1917. Braemar Books, First Edition, softcover, Fine, 90 pages, by Jeannette Beaubien McNamara (1986). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Reflections, One Hundred Years, A Celebration of the District of North Vancouver's Centennial The District of North Vancouver celebrated its Centennial in 1991. Contains the stories of individuals such as lumber barons Sewell Prescott Moody and Robert Dollar (after whom Dollarton was named), August Jack Khahtsahlano, Chief Joe Capilano, and pioneer Walter Draycott.  Opus Productions, First Edition, coffee table format, Fine/Fine, 128 pages, by Chuck Davis (1990). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake The complete biography of the Crusoe of Lonesome Lake. Ralph Edwards is best known for his almost single-handed rescue of the trumpeter swans from extinction in North America. Based on Ralph Edwards' own words about his life experiences, as told to the author. Hancock House, First Softcover Edition, Very Good (torn price sticker on back), 293 pages, by Ed Gould (1981). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Amor de Cosmos, Journalist and Reformer This is the first authoritative biography of Amor de Cosmos, a man who changed the political face of Pacific Canada. From his arrival on Vancouver Island in 1858, as a newspaper editor and political agitator, he was ultimately successful in his pursuit of three goals; union of the two Crown colonies of Vancouver Island and British Columbia, entry of British Columbia into Confederation, and the achievement of responsible government in the Pacific province. Oxford University Press, softcover, Good (torn price stickers on front, a few dog eared pages), 171 pages, by George Woodcock (1975). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
History and Happenings in the Cariboo-Chilcotin, Pioneer Memories A collection of historical stories and "plain good yarns" that offer glimpses of the people and events that shaped the great Cariboo-Chilcotin. Heritage House Publishing, First Edition, softcover, Fine, 152 pages, by Irene Stangoe (2000). Contains a personal photo taped to the inside back cover taken by the author in July 1997 at Chimney Lake. The shot shows her husband, Clive, and a friend identified as Ed (who, it is assumed, owned this copy of the book, and wrote Irene's phone number on the first page). Check out Amazon.ca for price and ordering details.
Tales of the Windermere A collection of stories of the early settlers of the Windermere valley. Included are Captain Frances Patrick and Minnie Armstrong, Rufus and Celina Kimpton, Arthur and Mary Tegart, Baptiste and Theresa Morigeau, Chief Pierre and Marianne Kinbasket, Philip and Annie Turnor, and Arthur and Emma Jane Walker. First Edition, softcover, Good (some creases in cover), 188 pages, by Winnifred Ariel Weir (1980).

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