British Columbia Railway Depot - Williams Lake, BC
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member T0SHEA
N 52° 07.720 W 122° 08.849
10U E 558357 N 5775691
Quick Description: Down by the railway tracks (where else?) one will find the former Canadian National Depot, now the Station House Gallery & Gift Shop.
Location: British Columbia, Canada
Date Posted: 9/12/2019 6:35:15 PM
Waymark Code: WM119NN
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 1

Long Description:
PIC The Pacific Great Eastern Railway (PGE) was incorporated on February 27, 1912, with the intention of building a line from Vancouver north to Prince George where it would connect with the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway (GTP). By 1915 the PGE was nearly insolvent, the company being taken over by the Provincial government in 1918, becoming the British Columbia Railway (BCR), commonly known as BC Rail. It wasn't until about 1920 that track reached Williams Lake on its way to Prince George. The lethargic rate at which the railway made its way north led to its being given nicknames such as "Province's Great Expense" and "Prince George Eventually". It was at this time (1919-1920) that the Williams Lake Depot was built.

If one wishes to get an idea of what the depot and its surroundings looked like in the 1940s, they may have a look at the small mural on the front of the building. I'm basing the time, 1940s, on the vintage of the truck parked beside the depot in the mural. Unfortunately, the mural wasn't sign or dated. It is in the centre of the building's front elevation.

PIC When the railway arrived at the site of Williams Lake, there was nothing of note at the site. While Williams Lake had become a settlement to serve gold seekers heading to the gold fields during the Cariboo Gold Rush in 1860, when the Cariboo Road was built it bypassed Williams Lake and he settlement was deserted. It remained deserted until the arrival of the railroad and the construction of this depot, which remains the oldest public building still in use in Williams Lake. There are those who insist it is the Oldest building in Williams Lake, period.

While BC Rail still owns the railway, in 2004 the entire operation was leased to Canadian National, including, we presume, the building. Today this is the home of the Station House Gallery & Gift Shop, which presents art works of both local and mom local artists and artisans in their gallery, offering many for sale, both in the gallery and the gift shop.

Photo goes Here

City: Williams Lake

Location Name: Station House Gallery & Gift Shop

Artist: Not Signed

Date: Not Dated

Media: Acrylic on hardboard

Relevant Web Site: [Web Link]

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