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Three Forks, British Columbia
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 50° 00.749 W 117° 16.899
11U E 479820 N 5540056
Quick Description: This kiosk is on the south side of Highway 31, just east of the Sandon Road turnoff. It stands within the one time town of Three Forks.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 1/21/2014 12:23:06 AM
Waymark Code: WMJZ93
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
Views: 3

Long Description:
Contrary to what Wikipedia may say, there are no longer any buildings to be found at Three Forks, only a clearing in the forest and trees (and this kiosk to mark its passing).

The kiosk is on the east side of Highway 31 about one hundred metres north of Sandon Road.

In the kiosk are two placards, one on each side, relating some history of the town of Three Forks, as well as what one will encounter along the trail. Included in the kiosk are several captioned photos of the town and the railway in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

You are standing in the old townsite of Three Forks near the large white false fronted building, visible in the lower middle of the overall view of Three Forks below. Three Forks began as a stop-over for ore-haulers on their way to New Denver. In 1894, it became the end of the line for the new CPR railway from Nakusp and soon had 15 businesses, 6 hotels, and a population of 2,000. As was often true of boom towns, "There are many brunette stumps in the streets of Three Forks, they are too short for shade trees, and too long for a man to step over without hurting his corns." - 'New Denver Ledge: November 15, 1894.' For a short time wagons brought rich silver-lead ore from Sandon to load onto CPR ore cars. However the Kaslo & Slocan railway was completed in Nov. 1895 to service Sandon and carry ore out to Kaslo instead. The K & S consisted of 51 km. of narrow-gauge track coming up the valley from Kaslo and edging along Payne Mountain. At the famous Payne Bluffs ( large photo on opposite side), the train hung over 300 M. of space as it inched around the mountain, passing above Three Forks, to make the final leg to Sandon. Not to be left behind, the CPR finished pushing through their line to Sandon a few weeks later. No longer needed, Three Forks declined, until by 1904 only two hotels and one store remained, and the population was below 100.
From The Kiosk
Parking is available at the pullout at the Kiosk.

Reason for Abandonment: Economic

Date Abandoned: 1/1/1930

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