Friday, September 4, 2015

Historic Vanderhoof’s Community Museum In British Columbia Photos (Even Crop Circles)

Above Photo: Entrance to the Vanderhoof Community Museum.

My wife and I drove from home here in Houston, British Columbia to Prince George, which is approximately a 3 and a half hour drive heading east. We had to pick up some things that weren't available here in town. 

On our trip, we passed through the district municipality of Vanderhoof and right along side Highway 16 is the Vanderhoof Community Museum which is awesome. 

I must say they have done a wonderful job of putting together, and displaying restored 1900’s period buildings. The pathways are covered with a crushed white rock which makes the grounds so much more attractive. Within the grounds, there are a large number of old farming machinery displayed for you to look over, and for you to touch. There are also signs displayed giving information about the old buildings.

Above Photo: Royal Bank of Canada. (1920)

There is also a look out which you can walk up to and then look over the entire museum grounds. This gives you a better feel as to what things looked like many years ago. 

Sometimes we don’t have to go far from home to see some amazing things, today we found ourselves amongst a lot of history in Vanderhoof, British Columbia. I certainly would recommend stopping in and spending some time on the Museum grounds. Bring a lunch and cold drink as they have picnic tables, and while eating you have 360 degrees of Vanderhoof history.

Also you can pick up a tour card for the Heritage Nature Trail, which is over 1 km in length and circles the museum grounds. The cards points out all the historical and ecological information while you stroll along the trail.

Above Photo: OK Cafe.

They also have a gift shop which is located in the restored 1939 Smithers House.

The Museum is open from May 21 to September 30, 7 days a week, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Above Photo: Northern British Columbia Provincial Police Depot. The First Jail. (1914)

Something else most people don’t know about Vanderhoof , B.C., in 1998 and again in 2001 Crop Circles were discovered by a Mr. Brent Miskuski who was flying home to Prince George from the Vanderhoof when we spotted the circles. 

After I spoke to the media and Mr. Brent Miskuski, I made arrangements and prepared to leave first thing Saturday morning, September 8, 2001 hoping to beat everyone to the Crop Circles. 

After running around Vanderhoof, checking for the OK to enter the farmers field, I found the circles and to my amazement, not a sole had been in the field. It was from this point on I carried out my investigation.

You can view the photos and read my report on what I found in the farmers field back in 2001

Source information, from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Vanderhoof is a district municipality that lies near the geographical centre of British Columbia, Canada. It has a population of roughly 4,500 residents within town limits. 

Above Photo: Board of Trade Building. (1914)

Due to nearby rural communities without services, Vanderhoof  actually supports nearly 10,000 people. Vanderhoof's economic drivers are the forest industry, agriculture, and related industries. 

Tourism is growing, but has yet to challenge any of the established industries. Mining is growing in importance, with a number of mines being developed in the area. 

Vanderhoof has many elementary schools and one major secondary school—Nechako Valley Secondary School (NVSS), teaching grades 7-12—which are all part of School District 91 Nechako Lakes. The College of New Caledonia has a regional campus in Vanderhoof.

Above Photo: An old tractor donated to the Vanderhoof  Community Museum.

Above Photo: An Old Grader.

Above Photo: Some old farm equipment.

There is a lot more to see, but for now, this is what I have added.

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