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”.
As of September 2015, the BCGS Boutique has the maps in the chart below available. These are all now $5.00 each. Contact the Boutique Chairperson, Cathy Magee or ask at a BCGS meeting or event if you have questions or to confirm supply.
There are several different types and series included.
Caledonian Books map series show land masses, contours, landmarks, bodies of water, towns, etc. David & Charles maps Discovery Series contour maps show roads, rivers, coasts, etc. Legend in English and 3 other languages. Godfrey maps show property lines and owners, streets, rails, elevation, buildings. Landranger maps Phoenix maps show coasts, rivers, lakes, land cover, roads, railways, canals, large buildings and clustered settlements, counties, baronies, and parishes. Survey maps show property boundaries and owners, roads, railways, buildings, rivers, coasts, some land use, some shaded contours.
BCGS Boutique - Maps available as of Sept. 2015
Title or City
Edition / Date
Inventory 2015 01 01
Inventory2015 08 23
Dumfries & Galloway
Stranraer, including Cairn Ryan, Drummore, Kirkcolm, Kirkmaiden, Mull of Galloway, New Luce, Port Logan, Port Patrick, Sandhead, Stoneykirk
1st ed'n revised to 1896
Dumfries & Galloway
Wigtown, including Creetown, Garliestown, Glunluce, Kirkcowan, Kirinner, Newton Stewart, Port William, Sorbie