Granite Creek Preservation Society at Princeton Museum

The Granite Creek Preservation Society is now hosting regular monthly meetings in Princeton Museum.

“I’m happy with the progress made to date,” says GCPS Chair George Elliott. “We launched a website that has been embraced by many and continues to grow as documents, photos and information is being shared with us.”

Elliott says the need to host regular monthly meetings was the natural next step. “I think in order to be accountable we need to have a great deal of transparency and one way of doing this is to hold public meetings,” he said.

Elliott approached Princeton Museum Operations Manager Robin Lowe and discussed the possibility of a partnership between the Museum Society and GCPS. “We have no intention to house artifacts as our main goal is to preserve what is left of Granite and to share what we know through the website,” Elliott says. “It also just made sense to me to have an arrangement with the Museum as I see both groups benefiting from working together.”

Through discussions with Lowe, Elliott was able to secure a regular ‘home’ for GCPS meetings and a place for any artifacts that many surface as a result of the website and further efforts of the Granite Creek Preservation Society.

Public meetings of GCPS are set for 1:00 PM the third Thursday of each month in the upstairs Archive Room at Princeton Museum.

The GCPS website is located at    §

3 thoughts on “Granite Creek Preservation Society at Princeton Museum”

  1. I have noticed this paper and also the CGPS seems to avoid the use of the name “Granite City,” preferring to use the name Granite Creek or as in this article “Granite” to describe the old mining town along side Granite Creek. Why is this ? In 1885,1886,1887 this place was called Granite City, just do a Google book search for the BC Annual Reports of the Minister of Mines for these years and you will see for your self that Granite City was the name in use in the gold rush years, other sources for the name Granite City is the 1887 BC Gazette, another source is David Oppenheimer, he was the Mayor of Vancouver in 1889, his book Mineral Resources of British Columbia 1889 refers to the name Granite City , one more book is William Downie’s 1893 book Hunting for Gold , in his book he gives his true life account of visiting Granite City in 1886.So i am just wondering what’s up with this aversion to the name Granite City.

    1. The Coalmont Courier is specifically for and about the local community. Coalmont is the last remaining of the three little towns that have formed this community and there are families here which also go back to the beginning of the other two – Granite Creek and Blakeburn. Out of respect, we apply the local usage of past relatives and the present population.

      A recent remark on this topic stated “It was not uncommon during the late 19th and early 20th centuries to overstate the prominence of a settlement, by bestowing upon it the title of “City!” This was usually done by land speculators attempting to entice investors.”

      Any data set will have statistical outliers, and as you point out, there are many references to “City” in the literature. Indeed, even the prominent Gold Inspector of the day, Mr. Tunstall, used the term “City” on occasion, though I note that in his January 20th, 1886, report to Parliament, he says “The town of Granite Creek has about forty houses”. In any case, like many others who wrote about the place, he was not from here.

      The Coalmont Courier will continue to respect local people and history.

    2. Good afternoon Mr. LaRoche

      My name is Luke McLaughlin, from Kamloops.
      Was recently up Tranquille creek and met your friend Jack Bennett. He told me to get a hold of you and this is the closest I’ve come so far. There are a couple samples from around here that he thinks you would probably be able to identify. Here is my e-mail address:
      Hope we can get in touch.
      Take care fellow rock hound!

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