Discovered - The Kootenay Outlet Collection

This collection of 152 glass-plate negatives contain images of the Kootenay Lake Outlet area, including the communities of Procter, Balfour, Longbeach, Harrop, Nelson and Ainsworth; the Prairies; and even Europe, circa 1900-1910. The photos document Kootenay Outlet area homes, businesses, farming and logging industries, school and community events, landscapes, social groups and families. These photographic records demonstrate an area developing into a residential and agricultural centre at the time of growth in the fruit industry in the West Kootenay region. The landscape shows the scars resulting from many years of uncontrolled forest fires. As a collection they fill an important gap in documenting the history of the Nelson region.

The creation of the site has been funded in part by the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, University of British Columbia, British Columbia History Digitization Program.