1917 COAL CREEK MINE DISASTER COMMEMORATION10:30 - 11:00 AM | MINERS' WALK, FERNIE CITY HALL
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The Miner’s Walk, established in 2011, is a fascinating glimpse into Fernie’s coal mining heritage. The walk features interpretive panels, sculpture, challenges for children, ironwork art from the Fernie Forge and municipal garden with picnic tables and benches.
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The Presbyterian congregation rebuilt their church on the same site in 1909. On June 6, 1925, the Presbyterians, Methodists, and Congregational churches amalgamated, forming the United Church of Canada. Needing only one building, the Methodists moved here and the building was renamed Knox United Church.
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Built in 1907, the building was gutted but not destroyed in 1908 Great Fire. An exhibit on the 1908 Great Fire is located on the landing of the main staircase.
Today, the building houses the Fernie Heritage Library, an active cultural centre.
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The young town of Fernie’s first major fire reduced the business section to ashes in four hours. From these ashes rose a “fireproof” downtown and the newly incorporated City of Fernie.
In the early morning hours of April 29, 1904, at Richards General Store, a small, unnoticed fire quickly grew and spread. With no alarm to call out firefighters and a lack of pressure in the water mains, it was difficult to contain. The chemical fire engine worked well until the only person able to operate it was overcome with the smoke. Fortunately no lives were lost, but by morning, the entire business section of Fernie was gone; sixty-five buildings along six blocks of Victoria Avenue (Second) and Baker Avenue (First) valued at almost $500,000 (1904 dollars).
It didn’t take Fernie long to recover. The Board of Trade met the next day in the Fire Hall. Discussions of widening Victoria Avenue and resurveying lots led to the ongoing topic of incorporation. Spurred on by the spring fire, the city of Fernie was incorporated July 28, and the first municipal election took place August 19.
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Join us for a spaghetti dinner hosted by Fernie’s Italian community to kick off the 2016 Fernie Chautauqua and Fall Fair. Special guest, author Lynne Bowen, will share stories about Fernie’s early Italian community from her book, Whoever Gives Us Bread: The Story of Italians in British Columbia.