Sandon, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

Sandon, British Columbia • Ghost Towns of Canada

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Part of the Ghost Towns of Canada series

In its earliest years, at the close of the 1800s, the heart of this silver town in southeastern BC was Johnny Harris, a smooth-talking Virginian who made an unscrupulous but legal claim to the entire town while other men were absent mining in the surrounding mountains. This lapse in ethics aside, Harris would prove to be a generous benefactor to the burgeoning community, even paving streets in silver ore. At its peak, the town boasted 5,000 residents and was the alcohol, gambling and sex capital of Canada's own Wild West. Despite producing more wealth than the California, Klondike and Cariboo gold rushes combined, Sandon's silver mines would go into decline by the turn of the century. Unexpectedly, in the 1940s, the shrunken town would again briefly expand because of the internment of Japanese-Canadians, hundreds of whom were relocated from the west coast under provisions of the War Measures Act.

Titles included in this series:
Ireland's Eye, Newfoundland
Grosse Île, Québec
Val Jalbert, Québec
Silver Islet, Ontario
Depot Harbour, Ontario
Creighton, Ontario
Ghost Town Trail, Saskatchewan
Rowley, Alberta
Nordegg, Alberta
Barkerville, British Columbia
Ocean Falls, British Columbia
Cassiar, British Columbia

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