Part 15: Fort St. John, Chetwynd, Hudson Hope and area

If you happen to get into a discussion about the relative ages of Fort St. John and Hudson Hope, you had better have some time available. Both places were earlier located somewhere other than their present spots -- there were at least four Fort St. Johns up and down the river and on both sides of it. Hudson Hope was either there (but on the south side) when Simon Fraser stopped there in 1806 or it might have been there even earlier. Whatever the case, they both owed their early life to the Fur Trade and now look to energy production. Chetwynd, earlier called Little Prairie, is much younger and has always been dependent on the railway and forestry. These three towns are quite different from the quiet agricultural communities of Dawson Creek, Rolla and Pouce Coupe.

 Images from the BC Archives collection can be found following these articles. Some articles have internal links to other images relating to the Fort St John, Hudson's Hope and Chetwynd areas.

15-01: Joe Letendre of Chetwynd

15-02: Wilkie Smith's Early Recollections of Chetwynd

15-03: Mr and Mrs Willie McLean of Chetwynd

15-04: Arnold Munch

15-05: Mrs. Marcelena Desjarlais of Chetwynd

15-06: Mrs H.M. Nicholson, Chetwynd Old-Timer

15-07: The East Pine Flood of 1939

15-08: The Allens of 'Shady Brook'

15-09: Early Days Around Chetwynd -- Eric Logan Remembers

15-10: Highlights of Chetwynd's Early History

15-11: The Upper Peace River

15-12: The Peace River Canyon

15-13: Some Hudson's Hope Old-Timers

15-14: The PGE Railway Arrives in Fort St. John, 1958

15-15: Flour Mill Opens in Fort St. John, 1931

15-16: Alexeis Gauthier

15-18: Taylor Flats to 1957

15-19: The History of Bear Flat

15-20: The Bear Canyon District

15-21: The North Pine Women's Institute

15-22: The North Pine Settlements

Recent History - 1998

BN15-01: Electoral Boundaries to Change?

BN15-02: Population Estimates for the Peace, 1998

BN15-03: Region's Population Grows (1998)

Recent History - 1999

BN15-04: Electoral Boundaries Commission in Fort St John


BC ARCHIVES PHOTOS: Click on the image to see a larger picture and on the Call Number for more information about it. All these images are the property of the BCArchives and are not to be reproduced without permission.


 The main street of Fort St John in 1930. The raised sidewalks kept pedestrians out of the mud.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number B-01532

 This was the Fort Hotel in Fort St. John, sometime in the 1930's.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-00866


 Alaska Highway construction -- vehicle traffic in Fort St John in 1942.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-00872

 Outdoor hockey in Fort St. John in the 1930's. Notice the lack of a net or goalie equipment.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-00910


 The Post Office and Store in Chetwynd around 1950. The community was still known as Little Prairie at that time.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-00989

 The Revillon Freres, successful competitors with the Hudson Bay Company were located in these buildings at Fort St John (on the river) around 1910 when this picture was taken.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-04315


 North Peace old-timers HBCo Factor Frank Beatton, J. McDougall and Johnnie Beatton. The photo dates from the 1920's.

Image courtesy BC Archives -- Call Number D-04305

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