Collection 2005.3 - John Hart Highway Photograph Collection

Wood Pile in Winter Snow-Covered Barn Home of John Adams Bert Youngstrom in Campbell Construction Truck Cookhouse in Winter Snow-Covered Yard Two Men Cutting Fire Wood Two Men Cutting Fire Wood Crane Operating in Forest Crane Operating in Forest Crane Operating in Forest Crane Operating in Forest Crane Operating in Forest Excavation Area Crane Operating in Forest Brush Rake Plowing Road Site Sophie in the Adams' House Truck Driver Named John from Edmonton Bear in Forest Aerial View of Summit Lake Unidentified Man Reclining Canoe at Summit Lake Tree Silhouette at Summit Lake Large Fish Caught at Summit Lake View of Summit Lake Man Sitting at Summit Lake Sun on Horizon at Summit Lake Shore of Summit Lake Haulback Rig on D8 Caterpillar Fred Youngstrom Operating a Haulback Rig Fred Youngstrom Operating a Haulback Rig Dragline Crane Loading Ford Company Truck Cleared Area in Forest Black Bear at Dump in the Forest Plane on Summit Lake, BC Plane on Summit Lake, BC Man Driving Campbell Construction Ford Truck Dragline Crane Loading Ford Company Truck Dragline Crane Loading Ford Company Truck Swamper on Shovel Man Standing Above Earth Cut View of Earth Cut from Below View of Earth Cut from Below Shadows over Earth Cut View of Earth Cut from Above View of Earth Cut from Below Tracks in Earth Road Man and Dog Reclining in Bunkhouse View of Summit Lake
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John Hart Highway Photograph Collection

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  • 1945 - 1946 (Creation)
    John Hart Highway

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73 photographs : b&w

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(1945 - )

Administrative history

This 405 km long stretch of Highway 97, named for former British Columbia Premier John Hart, begins at Prince George, traveling for 152 km north through the small hamlet of Summit Lake, which is situated at the Continental Divide, as well as, through Crooked River Provincial Park, Bear Lake and McLeod Lake, to its intersection with Highway 39. It then journeys northeast another 150 km through the Continental Divide at which point the time zone changes from Pacific Time to Mountain Time. After emerging from the Pine Pass, the highway intersects with Highway 29 at the town of Chetwynd. After a trek of another 97 km east, the Hart Highway terminates at Dawson Creek, BC.

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Collection consists of 73 photographs featuring the construction of the John Hart Highway in Prince George, BC from 1945-1946. Images depict construction, machinery, workers, bunkhouses, persons, wildlife, and buildings all associated with this construction project around the Summit Lake region of the city.

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  • English

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Northern BC Archives & Special Collections

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Personal or academic use of photographic materials is welcomed under the standard fair use and educational use clauses of Canadian Copyright Law. Commercial use is, however, forbidden without the express permission of the copyright holder. For information on obtaining written permission from the copyright holder, please contact the Northern B.C. Archives and Special Collections.

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Many of the photographs in this collection have associated handwritten annotations.

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