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CAPTURING HISTORY

Joseph Federick Spalding: Photographer, Tourist, Visionary

This website celebrates the early history of Fernie and the East Kootenay region of British Columbia as captured in the stunning photographs of Joseph Frederick Spalding. From dramatic scenes of floods and fires to imposing industrial landmarks and mountain vistas, Spalding’s photographs reveal a dynamic community in transition from small mining town to burgeoning tourist destination.

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A HISTORY OF TEAM SPORT IN FERNIE

Since its formation in 1897 as a collection of roughshod log structures built to support the coal mines, Fernie has attracted a great diversity of people and cultures. Fernie’s history is filled with events of only local interest, set within the framework of a larger world. From the beginning, one unifying theme runs through this history – a participation in and love of sports. This exhibit and its storyline attempt to illustrate this through images and the collective memories of the people who lived them.

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