Photographer's Note

This is the Water Tower located at the Heritage Town of Fort Steele.

"Fort Steele was a gold rush boom town founded in 1864 by John Galbraith. The town was originally called "Galbraith's Ferry", named after the ferry set up by the city's founder over the Kootenay River. It was the only ferry within several hundred miles so Mr.Galbraith charged very high prices to get across. The town was renamed Fort Steele in 1888, after legendary Canadian lawman Superintendent Sam Steele of the North West Mounted Police solved a dispute between a settler who had unjustly accused one of the local First Nations men with murder. This dispute had caused a great deal of tension between the town and the native people. Sam Steele found the real killer and the innocent man was set free. Both the town and the First Nations people were so grateful that they renamed the town Fort Steele. Much to Steele's dismay, the "Fort" part of the name comes from the N.W.M.P setting up a station in the town, whereas the town itself was never a real fort. As the economy declined after the end of the gold rush, Fort Steele eventually became a ghost town. In 1961, the province of British Columbia bought the site and converted it to a heritage town.

Fort Steele offers many interesting activities to observe and participate in. Some of the activities include an old style theater show, horse drawn carriage rides and 1800's household activities such as blacksmithing demonstrations, ice cream making, gold panning, leather working, and several other demonstrations. Other attractions include an old style candy shop, a store with old-fashioned goods for sale and a full service restaurant. The town also has several vintage buildings on display."*

For more images from my recent trip back to Canada, they're available on my travelogue.

I hope you like the shot,
- Dan

* Wikipedia

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