Changes Upstream - the Photographs of Stanley G. Triggs

Along the Kootenay River Near the 49th Parallel Before and After the Libby Dam 1969 - 1972

During the summers of 1969 to 1972 Stanley Triggs visited the area in Southeastern British Columbia that was to be flooded by the construction of the Libby Dam in Montana on the Kootenay River in order to record the effect on both the people living in the area and the landscape. The following images reflect changes to the landscape over the 4 years that Triggs and his family visited the area. He documents the shift from large productive ranches and range land to wide expanses of water in the area north of the Libby Dam along the Kootenay River.

The gallery site is organized by year with subcategories enabling a search by either location (i.e. Wardner, Waldo, Rexford) or by portraits of some of the people that Triggs befriended as he explored the area.

During the summer and fall of 1970, Triggs kept a journal of his time in the area. Entries have been matched some of the photographs taken on the same day. Thus the viewer is provided with a snapshot of what Triggs encountered as he surveyed the area with his cameras.

The photographs in the gallery are numbered according to the year/file/negative number from the Stanley Triggs fonds. All images copyright Nelson and District Museum, Archives, Art Gallery and Historical Society (Touchstones Nelson).

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.