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Post Office
Archive Pictures 1, 2, 3, 4
Aerial Picture, ca1950's
Founder, George Little
Hotel-Motel History
Town Plan, Oct 1911

Terrace Calcium Products Ltd.
Terrace Co-op Garden Centre
Grand Trunk Pathway
Cramer St History
Ferry Island
Relay for Life, May 3, 2008
Terrace-Kitimat Airport
Hospital- Early Doctors
Child Development Centre
Terrace Area War Memorial

Private Berger War Mystery

No 1, Armoured Train, WWII
WWII Mutiny
Military Headstones
Logging Archives
Water Towers / Reservoirs
Dairy History
Kitsumgallum Cemetery
Braun's Island
Hatt Brothers Store
Lanfear Hill
Kitsumkalum School
Albert & McCaffery Ltd.
Gordon & Anderson Ltd.

Prince Rupert
Home Index Page
Historical Photos:
Page 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7
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Albert & McCaffery Ltd
BC Govt. Court House
City Halls
Fire Department
Funeral Directors
Gordon & Anderson Ltd.
Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince- Rupert/George
Hotel History
Lindsay's Cartage & Storage
Miller Bay Hospital
Post Office History
Prince Rupert Dry Dock
Prince Rupert Riots

Seal Cove
Watson Island
First Around the World Flight
Rupert Area Cemeteries

Dodge- Hospital Island
Digby Island

North West BC Area
Aiyansh Tseax Volcano Cone
Alice Arm
Anyox 1, 2, 3
Barrett Lake
Bateman's Landing
Cedarvale / Minskinish
Copper City
Evelyn Station
Falls River Hydro Dam (Pr Rupert)
Fiddler Creek
Hanall Point
Hazeltons- Old / New / South
Kemano / Kitimat, mid 1950's
Kitselas- (Old Town/ Canyon)
Kitsumkalum Lake
Lakelse Lake Valley
Lorne Creek
Nass Camp
North Bulkley
Port Edward
Port Essington
Prince Rupert
Quick Station
Skeena City
Skeena Crossing

Cassiar District
Glenora Landing
Lake House
Laketon/Lake Town

Porter Landing/ Thibert Creek
Telegraph Creek

North Coast
Ethelda Bay (DOT site)
Fort / Port Simpson

Georgetown Mills/ Georgetown
Woodcock's Landing

Skeena / Bulkley Pioneers
Arthur Lee Clore
Michaud Brothers
George Albert Kerr
John "David" Stuart
Rev. Thomas Jabez Marsh
James Darius Wells
Frank Lazelle

Frederick "Fred" Hampton
James Kelso Gordon
Frank Phiscator Jr. and Sr.
Oscar Olander / Paul Brodin
Dennis Tulley Christopher

Joel "Joe" Trulson
Samuel Arden Singlehurst
John Arthur Clark King Sealy
William Binnie "Tom" Forrest
Clair Leon Morris Giggey
Charles Merson "Charlie" Adam
Mrs Lanfear, Miss French

Grand Trunk Pacific History
GTP Railway Station Index

GTP Railway Contractors
GTP Railway Medical Service
Grand Trunk Pacific, Page 1 - 2
GTP Steamships-SS Prince Rupert
Foley, Welch and Stewart
Dr. William Percy Johns
Dr. Seymour Traynor
Daniel Joseph Dempsey
Edwin G. Russell
Adolph Butze
Frank Watrous Morse
George Alexander McNicholl
Joseph Frederick "Fred" Ritchie
Ernest Joseph Rowley
Allan Cameron Aldous
William Pitt Murray
Henry H. Brewer
Dr. Francis James Ewing
Western Canadian Immigration Association

Dominion Government Telegraph
Dominion Telegraph System
John Theodore Phelan

Enoch Roscoe Lukens Jones
Hugh Bernard Ashton Birch
Thomas Howard Walsh
John Franklin Richardson

Sternwheeler History
Capt. William Francis Madden
SS Mount Royal Sinking

Capt. George Hamilton Ritchie

SS Princess Norah

SS Prince Rupert / Prince George

Misc Pages
Misc History Info
BC Tel Northern District History
Various Pictures, Northern BC

Skeena River Photos
Copper River Bridge
Russian Stone Fort Mystery
North Route Service Center

Ski Hill History
BC Coastal Airline History
NW BC Logger's Memorial, Usk
Usk Pioneer Chapel
Usk Ferry Page
Forestry Lookouts
Kitselas Tunnel Explosion
New Zealand Moose?
Bear Glacier

1978 Flood, Northwest BC
Sunsets, Mountains, Lakes, Creeks
Reg German Anyox Archive Photos
Robert Ridley
Arthur Marsden "Art" Priestley
Monckton Family
Postcard Photographers
Patrick Joseph Ryan
Oolichan Fish

Vancouver Island
Logging Archive Pictures

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Watson Island

Railway Point on Grand Trunk Pacific
Latitude- 5414'00''N,
Longitude- 13018'00''W

Unincorporated Area

South of Kaien Island
South of Prince Rupert
 2 Km North of Pt. Edward
in Coast Range 5 Land District

Columbia Cellulose Mill
Postcard courtesy Grant Walker, CA
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Island was home to the Columbia Cellulose Mill
which operated from Apr 16, 1951, to June 2001

Known also as the Skeena Cellulose Paper Mill

Bleached Kraft Paper Mill.

2015 the demolition of the Mill is proceeding
City of Prince Rupert owns the mill and land at this time with lawsuits pending.

In Mar 13, 1947 the Celanese Corporation of America
completed negotiations with the BC Government
to build this $15,000,000 plant
They had the Capacity to produce 200-400 tons of Purified Cellulose
for Chemical Purposes.
Harold Blancke was President at that time
They bought 211 acres.
This included the former US Army Deep Water Docks
which were located at Port Edward.
15,000 sq miles of timber was reserved for them.
This became the first timber licence in BC, TFL #1

Originally this was the
American Celanese & Chemical Manufacturing Company
changed in 1927 to Celanese Corporation of America
Head Office, Irving Texas.

Per link below they had 2,  48" wooden Pipelines,
which supplied the water required for this mill.
Water from Rainbow, Prudhomme, and Kloiyah lakes.
Originally only 1 Pipeline.
These 2 wooden pipelines parallel the highway
into Port Edward, from Highway 16, and are visible from the road.
They also parallel Highway 16 to the east, but are not visible.

Original name Port Edward Cellulose Co. Ltd.
a subsidiary of Celanese Corporation of America.
July 15, 1948, the company shown as
Columbia Cellulose Company, Limited, wholly owned subsidiary
of Celanese, incorporated Oct 28, 1946.
It was to be a high alpha pulp mill. (acetylation grade)

Feb 1909, a Mr. C. T. W. Piper, sued the Grand Trunk Pacific,
because they were filling in the land between Watson Island,
and their Townsite at Prince Rupert.
Mr. Piper, Vancouver BC, had a sawmill here,
 and was building a pulp factory here.
He claimed he had to float the logs to his sawmill,
and he obviously won, as today there is a railway bridge here.
In 1900 he had a lumber mill at South Vancouver that burnt down.
He refused to hire any Oriental men, and sabotage was feared.
He was from Plymouth England, came to Vancouver 1898.
Known as a Building Contractor, and a Real Estate Broker
He was also known as an expert chess player.

Charles Thomas Wood Piper
b- Mar 8, 1842 in Plymouth, England
d- Mar 14, 1924 Vancouver BC
buried in Mountain View Cemetery
1874 he lived on Tracy St, Plymouth, Devon, England
He had a Provisional design #1203, Patent?
He had a patent on a better venetian blind,
improved fastener for sliding carriage seats,
and more.
Immigrated to Canada in 1891
He was also an Attorney
Family minus Minnie, Living in Victoria in 1891
Family Living in Vancouver in 1901
1921 family in Vancouver, Charles Sr. shown age 80

Father- Richard William Eastman Piper
b- 1811 in Devonport, Devon
Mother- Mary Ann Wood
b- Dec 31, 1811 in England

married Sarah Elizabeth Balkwill, bet Oct-Dec 1867, Plymouth, Reg Dist., England
b- Nov 4, 1848 in England
d- Apr 1, 1924 in Vancouver, age 77
buried in Mountain View Cemetery

son- Charles James Piper
b- Oct 14, 1868 in Plymouth, Devon, England
d- July 28, 1953, Sidney, BC, age 84
1901 Engineer in father's sawmill
married, Florence Shepherd Burnett, Mar 12, 1904, Private Res., Vancouver BC

daughter- Minnie Piper
b- July 12, 1876 in Plymouth, England
married Charles George Gordon Anderson, Mar 27, 1915 Christ Church Vancouver

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Memory BC


Hotel History

Post Office History

Grand Trunk Pacific Page 1- 2

Miller Bay Hospital

Historical Photos
Page 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5- 6- 7- 8- 9- 10

SS Prince Rupert
GTP Steamship

Prince Rupert Dry Dock

BC Govt. Court House

Fire Department

Prince Rupert City Halls

Rupert Riots

Funeral Directors

Lindsay's Cartage & Storage

Albert & McCaffery Ltd



First Around the World Flight

Seal Cove

Watson Island


Area Cemeteries

Dodge- Hospital Island

Digby Island  

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