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Rainsford Ranch

The fourth heritage marker panel examined in this series is entitled “Water before Rail,” dealing with the transport of fruit and other goods by water, roughly between the opening of the canal connecting Kalamalka and Wood lakes in 1908 and... [Continue Reading]

By Paige Hohmann and Chris Ives Often, archives are viewed as esoteric, ephemeral, and largely inaccessible. The image of an intrepid researcher finding obscure treasure previously “lost” to history in the archives is a familiar one. While it is accurate... [Continue Reading]

Chain saws are so plentiful today that it is difficult to think of forestry or home gardening without the use of this lightweight portable saw. Chain saws are a twentieth century development, the first being developed in 1918 by a... [Continue Reading]

The Okanagan today is identified with beaches, orchards and vineyards, rather than the Wild West. However, this letter, written in 1910, is a glimpse into the Okanagan’s frontier past. James Goldie, manager of the Rainbow Ranche in Okanagan Centre, was questioning George C. Goulding of Rainsford Ranch, Long Lake, as to... [Continue Reading]