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Salmo Museum - Salmo, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 49° 11.682 W 117° 16.740
11U E 479672 N 5449137
Quick Description: This is a small museum in a small town, but well worth the history buff's time.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 12/29/2012 12:46:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMG0NZ
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member MikeGolfJ3
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Long Description:
As with almost all small town museums (all of which I find fascinating, BTW), this museum deals with its history, its social life and its people. A small budget operation , they have done an admirable job, given their resources. The museum is co-located, across the street from the very photogenic Salmo Hotel, a local landmark, in a building with the Chamber of Commerce and the Library, on the corner of Highway 6 and Fourth Street.

Its exhibits include the day-to-day paraphernalia of home and of business and commerce, as it was 80 to 100 years ago. Given that Salmo's prosperity once hinged upon the fortunes of The Emerald Mine and other, smaller nearby gold-lead-zinc-copper mines, there are, as well, exhibits dealing with local mining operations. Included is an exhibit of local ores and rocks. Forestry is an important contributor to the local economy as well, so that is touched upon to the extent that room allows.

The museum presently exhibits a number of reproductions of early photos of the community, the railroad, mining and logging in the area. As this is an ongoing labour of love of a number of volunteers, they are continually adding photos and artefacts as time and finances allow.

The entrance to the museum is through the Chamber of Commerce, which is also Salmo's Visitor Centre. The open hours are essentially the same as the Chamber in the winter, which is 10:00 to 3:00 Monday to Thursday. Hours for the upcoming summer have not as yet been finalized. Cost is as yet by donation, but please be generous, as they have a very small budget.

"The holdings include maps, reference books, business records, miscellaneous documents and photographs related to the mining history of Ymir, Sheep Creek, Pend d'Oreille, Erie and miscellaneous mines, community newspapers (1898-1904, 1936-1941, 1960s to present), manuscripts, scrapbooks, photographs, minute books and ephemera relating to businesses, people and community activities in Salmo and satellite communities. The Haglund collection includes business records, legal documents, maps, receipts and correspondence relating to the early growth of Erie, B.C. The Chris Hansen collection contains many photographs of the Reno Mine (1920s-1940s) and other miscellaneous Sheep Creek mines."

Given that Salmo bills itself as "The Home of the Stone Murals", one would be remiss by not taking the time to view those as well. They consist of seven large murals, each made of a mosaic of different coloured stones. Three depict scenes of the early years of logging and mining in the area, three are of local wildlife (a bear, an elk and a pair of mountain sheep), and one, 2 km west at the Whiteline Truck Stop on Highway 3, fittingly, depicts a logging truck.

Here is a peek at the murals: (visit link)
Local cultural and commercial history

Street Address:
100-4th Street. Salmo, BC V0G 1Z0

Food Court: no

Gift Shop: no

Hours of Operation:
10:00 - 3:00 Monday to Thursday (also see above)

Cost: 5.00 (listed in local currency)

Museum Size: Small

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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