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Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Collection

  • 2002.1
  • Collectie
  • 1887-1999

The Prince George Railway & Forestry Museum Society Collection consists primarily of textual, photographic, and cartographic records related to the regional developments of the railway industry in Northern BC. A predominant portion of the collection is made up of material from the Canadian National Railway; other railways represented include the Pacific Great Eastern Railway, the British Columbia Railway (BC Rail), the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Intercolonial Railway, and the Okanagan Express. Significant geographical areas covered include Prince George, the Peace River Region, Terrace, Bulkley Valley, Hazelton and Prince Rupert.

The forestry industry is represented in the collection with operational and financial records from Fyfe Lake Sawmill Ltd., which operated southwest of Prince George in the 1950s.

The collection has been organized into series according to creator, each of which also has been arranged to subseries, file and item level, where applicable. This collection consists of eight series, as follows:

1) Canadian National Railway
2) Grand Trunk Railway
3) Pacific Great Eastern Railway
4) British Columbia Railway (BC Rail)
5) Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR)
6) Intercolonial Railway
7) Fyfe Lake Sawmill ltd.
8) PGRFM
9) Photographs

Ferguson Lake Sawmills film

  • 2017.1
  • Stuk
  • Mar. 1959

This short colour film depicts logging and sawmill operations at Ferguson Lake in March 1959. Scenes include tree felling, log hauling equipment, the Ferguson Lake lumber yard, use of Ferguson Lake to float logs, and the inside operations of the Ferguson Lake sawmill. Film also includes a brief clip of family film footage of the McKay family home and garden on Melville Street in Prince George with scenes showing a Newfoundland dog named Barney with Donald McKay and Joan McKay.

Bee Hive Burner

Image depicts a bee-hive burner beside a rail-road track at an unidentified mill somewhere in Prince George, B.C.

Prince George

Image depicts Prince George, possibly with the Northwood Pulpmill in the background.

Sawmill

Image depicts a sawmill, possibly Lakeland Sawmill, in Prince George B.C.

Pulpmill

Image depicts a pulpmill, likely Northwood, in Prince George, B.C.

Intercontinental and Prince George Pulp Mills

Image depicts two mills; the Intercontinental Pulp Mill is on the right in the foreground, and the Prince George Pulp and Paper Mill is on the left in the background. The picture is taken from the South, possibly off Yellowhead Bridge in Prince George, B.C.

Sawmill - Saw

Image depicts a saw cutting a log in half at a saw mill in Prince George, B.C.

Forestry Heavy Machinery

Image depicts several pieces of heavy machinery used in forestry. The Coast Inn of the North is seen in the background.

Forestry Heavy Machinery

Image depicts several pieces of heavy machinery used in forestry. The Coast Inn of the North is seen in the background.

Logging

Image depicts a logging area somewhere near Prince George, B.C.

Large Indoor Saw

Image depicts a large saw at an indoor location, likely in a saw mill somewhere in Prince George, B.C.

Tree Cutter

Image depicts two unidentified individuals examining a thick log still attached to the machine that cut it down. It is located somewhere in Prince George, B.C.

Ray Williston fonds

  • 2000.13
  • Archief
  • 1914 - 1999, predominant 1954 – 2001

Fonds consists of photographs, scrapbooks of newspaper clippings and memorabilia, correspondence, reports and other textual material. The photographs relate to Mr. Williston’s life from childhood to the late 1990s, the scrapbooks document Mr. Williston’s years in political office, and the textual materials relate to both Mr. Williston’s public life and private interests.

Williston, Ray Gillis

Harry Monson Reclining on Bed

Handwritten annotation on recto of photo reads: "Harry Monson Edmonton Prince George." Harry reclines on bed under window, surrounded by personal effects. Photograph was taken after nightfall. Handwritten caption beside this photo reads: "Harry talked my dad into selling him my boat".

Bob Harkins fonds

  • 2001.12
  • Archief
  • c.1953 - c.2000

Fonds consists of textual records, photographic items and published reports related to professional life and career of Bob Harkins, broadcaster, local historian, and former city councilor. Includes textual and photographic items related to development and history of city of Prince George and the Central Interior of BC region history and development in late 20th century. Items includes an unpublished manuscript on the life of Ray Williston by Eileen Williston, an unpublished paper on the history of technological change in logging industry; an unpublished paper on the history of radio and television in Prince George; a report related to the creation of a university for Northern British Columbia (1989) and proofs of the publication "Wild Liard Waters: Canoeing Canada's Historic Liard River" by Ferdi Wenger, c.1998. Also includes photographic files including CKPG Radio Studio photographic items c.1953; and photographs and correspondence regarding guide outfitter Skook Davidson c.1975.

Bob Harkins

Modern Forestry

File contains slides depicting logging and equipment. Most appear to be locations around Prince George.

Sawmill - [Lakeland Mills?]

Image depicts a saw mill, possibly Lakeland Mills, with a beehive burner and numerous piles of logs in the foreground, in Prince George, B.C.

Suspended Trailer

Image depicts a trailer for a logging truck suspended off the ground by a wooden structure. This is used to load the trailer onto the back of the truck. The name on the truck says "Rormarniewich Trucking Ltd."

Sawmill

Image depicts logs being stripped of their bark at a saw mill in Prince George, B.C.

P.G. Logging

Image depicts an aerial view of areas that have been used for logging around Prince George, B.C.

Clear Cut Logging

Image depicts a highway, and a section of mountain in the background which is bare due to clear-cut logging. It is possibly somewhere near Prince George, B.C.

Clear Cut Logging

Image depicts a logging area, and a section of mountain in the background which is bare due to clear-cut logging. The slide is also labelled "logging show." It is possibly somewhere near Prince George, B.C.

Northwood Pulpmill

Image depicts the Northwood Pulpmill in Prince George, B.C. taken from above the Nechako River looking east. Map coordinates 53°56'00.0"N 122°44'29.7"W

Prince George

Image depicts Prince George, possibly with the Northwood Pulpmill in the background.

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