One of the many hidden gems in the BCGS Library is this booklet celebrating the opening of the Hope-Princeton Highway in 1949. I think we often forget how hard transportation to and from BC’s interior was not so long ago and how much of a difference some of these early projects made to towns along the routes.
“British Columbia Presents the Hope-Princeton Highway, November 2nd, 1949” includes messages from the Premier, Byron Johnson, and Minister of Finance, Herbert Anscomb,and the Minister of Public Works, Ernest Carson, but also photos of BC’s Chief Engineer, the various project engineers, and the main construction and paving contractors, as well as these maps, a bit of history of the area, and statistics about the project which include the Princeton to Kaleden Highway. (asphalt – 2,720,000 gal.!)
Hope-Princeton Highway at opening, 1949
British Columbia Highways in lower BC, 1949
“British Columbia Presents the Hope-Princeton Highway, November 2nd, 1949” published by the British Columbia Government Travel Bureau, Department of Trade and Industry . BCGS Library Call # 971.14 B.C. Gov.
Have a look at this Royal BC Museum video for more history about the Highway, “This Week In History Season 3 Episode 9 – Hope Princeton Highway”.