Today we went to Fort George Park and the Railway and Forestry Museum. The only thing, not even a marker, is a blockhouse and not sure if it is authentic or replica. In the park is located the burial grounds of the Lheit li Nation. The park also has a museum "Exploration Place" featuring children programs and history and science exhibits. There are walking paths, waterpark and a fun park for families.
|Entrance to Fort George Park|
|Fort George Blockhouse|
|Entrance to Burial Ground|
|Burial Ground Plaque|
Prince George is the largest city in northern BC and the " Northern Capital" of BC. It is situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako rivers and at the crossroads of Highway 16 and 97. The origins can be traced to the North West Company trading post of Fort George established in 1807. It is the homeland of the Lheidi T'enneh First Nation whose name means confluence of two rivers.
Fort George's fortune began to change when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway passed near the post. The area was also serviced by ten paddle steamer sternwheelers.
We then toured the Railway and Forestry Museum on River Road with its collection of over 60 pieces of railway cars, engines, historical buildings and artifacts. It is one of the largest vintage rail collections in British Columbia dating from 1899 to the 1960's.
The Nechako built in 1913 and originally a tourist sleeping car. In 1915 a fire gutted the car and it was rebuilt and converted to a business car. In 1976 the car was moved to Vancouver and refurbished for the Expo 86.
The Penny Station dates to 1914 and moved from the town of Penny. It served as a residence for the station master and his family.
|Station Master's Office|
Many of the cars are open for viewing and for those who have a nostalgia for trains, this is a good museum.
|Electric Locomotive & Snowplow Car|
I remember well my first train ride when I was 5 years old. My parents put me on a L and N train from Louisville to Asheville to spend a year with my grandparents and aunts in High Point,NC. Quite an adventure. The porter took good care of me and I had a great time. Remember when Mother and Daddy gave me spending money, I had the good sense to put half in my purse and the rest in my suitcase in case I would lose it. Guess I have always had a sense of adventure and travel.