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Report on Agricultural Tract of Land on the Upper Reaches of the Kootenay River

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Author: Clark, J. W.

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Reference #: 2131

Status: For Sale

List Price: $520.00

Department of Lands Survey Branch, Victoria. Quarto volume, bound in bonded, burgundy leather especially for the Honourable F[rederick] P[arker] Burden (1874-1971), then the Conservative Minister of Lands and bearing his name in gilt of the front cover together with the title of the report. n.d.( but 1929). A typed manuscript printed on the rectos only, with 22 tipped in photographs throughout and a reproduction of a map of the area with the notation (in red pen): “Scale approx. 4 miles to 1 inch”. Some wear at the tips and along the spine, Else Fine.

Apart from the author, and starting out by pack train from Canal Flats, the survey party included John Lethbridge of Calgary; Harry Burns, Manager of the Canal Flats Lumber Mill; and Mr. Biker, Assistant District Engineer at Golden. “At a conservative estimate there would be approximately 40,000 acres of land suitable for stock raising, and, of this, 10 to 12,000 acres would be fairly choice land. The soil generally is a sandy loam of good depth from 1 to 2 ½ feet, as shown by uprooted trees etc. over an alluvial deposit of varying nature from shell-like formation to pebbly and some areas of clay.” The text comprises pp. {1] – 7. The balance of the report is unpaginated, with photographs with manuscript descriptions in fine pen beneath each.

For an evaluation of the work of John William Clark, and of his contribution to the BC Archives, see James Murton, What J.W. Clark Saw in British Columbia, BC Studies, no 142/143 Summer/Autumn 2004.

Of significant value in historical perspective. Scarce.

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