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Moments in Labour History
There isn’t much to see when you visit the former mining metropolis of Sandon, BC, just east of New Denver in the Slocan Valley. But you can almost smell the labour history as you stroll through what’s left of BC’s version of Deadwood, the US mining town that was so authentically depicted on TV a few years ago.
Local historians claim that Sandon had a population of 6,000 people back in the late 1800s. That estimate probably included a lot of folks who got left out of the 1901 Canada Census. Cash-starved prospectors, for example, stayed in the hills above Sandon only leaving their claims three or four times year.
If you carefully study an iconic photograph of Reco Avenue, you’ll see that it’s a posed shot no doubt meant to lure more get-rich-quick customers to the thriving Kootenay boomtown.