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South Fort George, BC Business and Commerce
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Prince George Historical Photograph Collection

  • 2010.13
  • Collection
  • 1910 - [ca. 1950]

Collection contains photographs depicting community life in Prince George, B.C. Images depict holiday events, sports teams, government buildings, businesses (hotels, banks, retail, newspaper office), riverboats, railroad construction, fishing, a cemetery, street scenes, aerials, and landscapes. Also includes photos taken outside of the Prince George vicinity including Prairie Creek, Thomas Creek and Barkerville, B.C.

Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George, BC

Street scene showing people, dog, team of horses & wagon. Signage reads: “Beds; Mecca Café; Hardware.” Printed annotation on recto reads: “Hamilton Avenue, South Fort George, B. C. No. 110.” Verso displays cancelled 1 cent Canadian Postage Stamp and handwritten message in ink is addressed to Mr. Eathan Villard Burt Mish, U.S.A.

Ah Yee's Store at South Fort George, BC

Photograph depicts a woman, man, and dog standing in front of the Chinese general store in a log building with the sign "AH YEE FUR DEALER GENERAL MERCHANT". Power poles, buildings, and trees visible in background. Handwritten annotation on recto of photograph: "First Store S Ft George A. G. Hamilton" "Boucher [sic]". It is believed that this store was originally owned by A. G. Hamilton.

George Street, Prince George, BC

Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph reads: "George St. Prince George BC Photo. S Wrathall". Prince George Hotel and Cafe stand on left side of street in foreground, and many other buildings and businesses can be seen. Vehicles line the street, cut banks visible in background. Photograph believed to have been taken while George Street was being prepared for a new lawyer of asphalt.

Men at Empress Hotel

Three men stand under deck of three story hotel. Handwritten annotation on verso of photograph: "Empress Hotel South Fort George, B.C.", on recto: "according to Mrs [illegible] Williams this Hotel burned down New Years 1914 and the owner collected insurance & moved to Anchorage Alaska. (smell of kerosene)", "Boucher [sic]".

Man & Women Standing at German Bakery

Photograph depicts one man and three woman standing in front of shop windows of three story building with the sign "GERMAN. BAKERY. F. TIEMEYER" A window nook and small balcony extend from second floor. Road in foreground. Handwritten annotations on recto of photograph: "Main Building 30 x 32. Lean to for Bake Shop. Food cellar. Five Food Rooms upstairs. Electric lights throughout entire house. Burned badly Jan 15 - 9 45 PM 1969. Was originally moved from South."