Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Heritage town at risk of disappearing
Submitted by Diane & Bob Sterne, Coalmont BC FVRD Area H
The town of Coalmont has a deep history in BC as shown in this photo circa1901.
e feel it is time our local government steps in to protect historic sites in this area. As many know, our passion is the local history. For years we have been asking to have the Granite Creek town site (which is on Crown land) protected.
We have asked it to be put on the RDOS Heritage Registry. Currently there are no Area H locations on that registry. Recently, when a placer claim inside the town site came available, we decided to stake it. By doing so, no one else can dig on the site. We offered the claim back to the Mineral Titles branch so that they could put a “no staking reserve” on the site.
It cost us $104 to stake it, and when we contacted Mineral Titles they had
absolutely no interest in protecting the site. It would cost us over $800 to
renew our claim and we won’t be doing that. Only a few months remain to
protect the town site from future mining activity should someone else decide
to stake it.
We thought that was a fantastic idea. Unfortunately, the idea seems to have
died as quickly as it was suggested. We are told how important tourism is to
the area. Our valley is dripping in history, however, that history is not
being protected even if it means tourism dollars.
The lives of all these men are closely associated with the early history of
this country, on which they have left an impression so deep that future
years cannot obliterate it. They are always noted for self-reliance, rugged
endurance, and sterling worth.”
We are only two voices, but surely there are others who agree the site should be recognized and protected.
If you agree, please send an email or letter to RDOS asking them to add the Granite Creek town site to their Heritage Registry and to turn it into a park to protect it from vandalism and digging. RDOS: 101 Martin Street, Penticton, B.C. V2A 5J9, email here.
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