Fort Point (2)

Fort Point (unofficial name), Fort Point Close (Invermere)

The years following the Second World War were not so kind to the Memorial Fort. … Maintenance was lacking, and the building was gradually falling into a state of disrepair.

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Fort Point (1)

Fort Point (unofficial name), Fort Point Close (Invermere)

It was a small step to take the idea of commemorating David Thompson and blend it with Invermere’s desire to stand out as a tourist destination.

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Houlgrave

Houlgrave Road (Toby Benches)

The Houlgrave property was far back on the Toby Benches, a good distance away from other settlers.

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Grainger

Grainger Road (Canal Flats), Mount Grainger

The old Lascelles Ranch, turned Grainger property, located to the north of Canal Flats, was later in part developed into Eagles Nest Estates.

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Ogilvy-Wills

Ogilvey Ave, Wills Road, Bruce Road, Jeanette Street, James Street (Fairmont Hot Springs)

Fairmont appealed to the Ogilvy-Wills family, and they soon made the transition to live there permanently, [on a ranch] known as “The Meadows”.

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Hawke

Hawke Road

“The road we had come over was scarcely a road… it was climb, climb, climb… and then down, down a steep hill, car in low, single track road absolutely a shelf on the side of the mountain miles long.”43

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Firlands

Firlands Ranch, East Firlands (train station, 1914-1933), Firland Close (Radium Hot Springs)

The name “Firlands” first appears in print in early June 1899.51 The reason for choosing the name is unknown.

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Johnston (2)

Mount Johnston (up Horsethief Creek), Johnston Road (south of Invermere)

For all that the name Jim Johnston is relatively well known in local historical circles, I was surprised by how little there is recorded about him in print.

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Geary

Geary Creek (flowing into Columbia River just south of Fairmont), Geary Creek Road

“‘I can’t tell you much about [George Geary], although I knew him well. He was a reserved fellow, never said much about himself but he lived for horses, they were his life.'”74

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Hardie

Hardie Creek (flowing into Columbia Lake); Hardie Creek Road

A veritable parade of Hardie siblings lived in and/or visited the Windermere Valley from the mid 1880s into the early 1900s.

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